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These vitamin supplements compliment your natural diet helping to fill any gaps in your food consumption, providing a healthy platform on which to build optimal health.
Product information and Guidlines
The body needs these nutrients for reproduction, maintenance, growth and regulation of bodily processes. Multivitamins may contain many of these vitamins and minerals, but in varying forms and amounts. They can also contain other ingredients like herbs, amino acids and fatty acids.
Function/ Used for
The term multivitamin "has been used to denote the use of supplements that include most vitamins and minerals." The 13 essential vitamins your body needs are vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyroxidine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12). The four fat-soluble vitamins—A, D, E, and K—are stored in the body's fatty tissues.
B vitamins tend to boost energy, so take them in the morning; at night, they can lead to restlessness and insomnia. They're best absorbed on an empty stomach, but if you have a sensitive tummy, take them with a little food.
Take one tablet daily with water or food.
As a supplement
Vitamins are essential to your overall health. They perform many critical roles in your body, from producing energy to ensuring proper function of bodily systems.
Not getting enough of certain nutrients can negatively impact your health and even result in chronic diseases.
Both men and women aged 19–70 need to make sure to get enough vitamins and minerals. These include:
Because men don’t lose blood monthly as menstruating women do, they’re at a lower risk of iron deficiency anaemia. Therefore, iron requirements for men are lower. While these nutrients can be obtained through a balanced diet, most people don’t consume adequate amounts.
Found in (dietary sources)
Vitamins and minerals are found is a wide variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, nuts & berries and meats etc. It is very important to have a balance nutritious diet.
Symptoms and Health Risks of Vitamin D Deficiency. Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. ... Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following: Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Symptoms of severe B12 deficiency include numbness in the legs, hands, or feet; problems with walking and balance; anaemia; fatigue; weakness; a swollen, inflamed tongue; memory loss; paranoia; and hallucinations. You can get vitamin B12 from animal sources.
Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) or hypovitaminosis A is a lack of vitamin A in blood and tissues. It is common in poorer countries, but rarely is seen in more developed countries. Nyctalopia (night blindness) is one of the first signs of VAD.
In developed countries, vitamin C deficiency can occur as part of general undernutrition, but severe deficiency (causing scurvy) is uncommon. Symptoms include fatigue, depression, and connective tissue defects (e.g. gingivitis, petechiae, rash, internal bleeding, impaired wound healing).
Here are the 15 most common signs and symptoms of vitamin C deficiency:
Precautions and contraindication
Many multivitamin products also contain minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Minerals (especially taken in large doses) can cause side effects such as tooth staining, increased urination, stomach bleeding, uneven heart rate, confusion, and muscle weakness or limp feeling
Multivitamin with Iron side effects:
Use in pregnancy and breastfeeding
Yes, you'll need to take folic acid and vitamin D during pregnancy as they're essential for your baby's development (NICE 2008, NHS 2015a). It's up to you whether you take these as separate supplements or as part of a pregnancy multivitamin.
It is fine to take a regular, over-the-counter multivitamin for a short time until you get your prescription refilled. This would not be advisable for long periods of time because prenatal vitamins have different amounts of certain vitamins and minerals that are specially formulated for pregnancy.
Interactions e.g. with other medications
If you are on a low-salt diet, ask your doctor before taking a vitamin or mineral supplement. Do not take this medication with milk, other dairy products, calcium supplements, or antacids that contain calcium. Multivitamins can interact with certain medications, or affect how medications work in your body.
When you take prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, do you take also a vitamin, mineral, or other dietary supplements? Some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication, and other dietary supplements may decrease it.
Certain medications can decrease the absorption of vitamin B12, including: colchicine, metformin, extended-release potassium products, antibiotics (such as gentamicin, neomycin, tobramycin), anti-seizure medications (such asphenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone), medications to treat heartburn such as H2 blockers.
This content is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace the guidance of your qualified healthcare practitioner. Information and products are meant for general use only and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or provide medical advice. Any decision to use supplements to support your specific needs should be considered in partnership with your qualified healthcare practitioner. Any questions you may have concerning your use of drugs, medications, or supplements should be directed to your healthcare provider. If in doubt always consult your own doctor.