3 Reasons You Might Need to Take a Vitamin Supplement

We break down why you might need to add a boost to your nutrition.

3 Reasons You Might Need to Take a Vitamin Supplement

Most people get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients by eating a healthy diet that contains a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. However, because of either lifestyle or health issues, some people might struggle to get their daily dose of some essential vitamins or minerals. Figure out if you might be one of them and what you can do to make sure you’re getting the right amount.

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Why Are Vitamins Important?

Bodily functions like cellular metabolism, tissue growth, and eradicating free-radical by-products, are supported with the help of a variety of vitamins and minerals. Different vitamins support different functions. Vitamin C, for example, is used in the production of collagen, vitamin D helps to regulate calcium levels in the body and to build bones, and vitamin E is involved in keeping blood cells healthy and stabilizing the outer layers of the cells in our body.

Vitamin deficiency can lead to the development of illness in severe cases because the body needs vitamins and minerals to carry out most daily functions. So it’s important that you get the recommended daily dose of these nutrients through a healthy diet with the occasional help of a nutritional supplement if you’re still struggling to get of the nutrients you need.

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