Nutrition

Why Are Vitamins Important?

vitamins in bottles

We might sometimes forget to take them but have we also forgotten the answer to: why are vitamins important?

As a child, we were repeatedly told to take our vitamins. They came in fun-shaped gummies that actually tasted like sweets. Their candy disguise meant that we didn’t really question taking them. But now we are a little older, we can start to wonder why we bothered to take them at all. What even are they? And why are vitamins important?

What Are Vitamins?

It may come as a surprise to you, but your body actually can’t produce all of the nutrients that it needs. It can produce things like collagen and Glucosamine, but we need to source many essential nutrients externally. These ‘missing’ nutrients are what we know as vitamins. That’s right, our bodies can’t actually produce Vitamin A-K and some minerals like Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc. But we still need them to function. We need them to support our cardiovascular, bone, immune, mental, and overall health.

Vitamins are known as ‘essential nutrients’ because they are just that. Essential. We can’t survive without them.

Why Are Vitamins Important?

So vitamins might be essential, but what do they actually do?

They can support our heart:

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They can support our joints:

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They support our energy levels:

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And our hair:

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And our ‘beauty’:

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They can support our brain:

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And stop us from getting ill:

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So vitamins are pretty important.

How Do We Get Vitamins?

Because our body can’t produce these essential nutrients itself, we have to get them externally. This can be in food or in the form of supplements. The only sure-fire way to make sure you’re getting enough vitamins is by taking and monitoring supplements. Multivitamins can be a convenient way to ensure you get your daily vitamins. If you know that you are deficient in one particular vitamin or mineral, a core vitamin supplement might be beneficial.

But how do we know if we are getting enough vitamins? Or how do we know if we’re getting too many?

 

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Katie Lambert

Katie Lambert

Writer and expert

After studying History at The University of Leeds, Katie moved back to her home town of Manchester to start a career in content writing. Katie has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys running in her spare time. Her favourite topics to write about include healthy recipes, performance strategies and general wellbeing.