Vitamins are organic compounds and nutrients which are required by our body for growth, repair and function. Vitamins are compounds that our bodies cannot manufacture and hence we need to obtain them from our diet. We normally require small amounts of vitamins on a daily basis however our diets have changed considerably and vitamin deficiencies in both adults and children are very common especially vitamin D deficiency and Vitamin B-12.
Ideally all of us would get our vitamins we need for optimal health from fresh foods. In reality, however, this is often difficult, if not impossible. Vitamin supplements are avilable as tablets, capsules and liquids. Multivitamin supplements are basically formulation combinations of vitamins which help to supply these nutrients in order to prevent any vitamin deficiency. All vitamin supplements work best when taken in conjunction with food.
The recommended daily amounts (RDA) of each vitamin in the UK vary from those recommended in other countries.