The most popular vitamin supplement in the UK is Vitamin D, followed closely by Vitamin C.
33% of people take a Vitamin D supplement according to market research, and over one in four of us also pop a Vitamin C pill in the morning.
That’s because we know that these vitamins are sometimes tricky to get from our usual diets. Especially Vitamin D.
While we get some Vitamin D from our food (in oily fish and liver), most of it is synthesised in our skin when we're exposed to direct sunlight. Which poses a problem to anyone who works nights, or who spends all day in an office – especially in winter when the sun can rise and fall between our commutes to and from work.
Faced with the choice of sardines and liver for breakfast, or a little Vitamin D supplement in the wintertime, it’s easy to see why so many people reach for the bottle and not the tin opener!
Other popular supplements include multivitamins, which many people use as an insurance policy in case they know today might include more convenience foods than leafy greens, and folic acid, which the NHS advises pregnant woman to take.
But altogether, well over half of Britons took a vitamin supplement last year, and that number is set to rise as we become more focused on our health and wellbeing.
Can Different Vitamins Help in Different Ways?
Your body uses different vitamins and minerals in different ways, so yes, different supplements will help you in different ways.
As a rough guide, here is what each vitamin does:
Vitamin A: Helps your immune system, vision and skin
B Vitamins (and Folic Acid): Helps your digestion, your nervous system, your skin and protects unborn children
Vitamin C: Maintains your organs, helps you heal wounds, and supports your cells
Vitamin D: Keeps bones, teeth and muscles healthy
Vitamin E: Helps your skin, eyes and immune system
Vitamin K: Helps your body heal
Calcium: Helps your heart, builds bones and teeth
Iodine: Maintains your thyroid
Iron: Maintains your blood
Others: Chromium, potassium, magnesium and others all help your body in various ways
As you can probably guess, there’s a lot to discuss here. In fact, there’s so much to discuss that we decided to cover it in a separate post, which you can find right here:
Where Should I Start with Supplements?
If you’re lacking in certain vitamins and minerals, your body will let you know. You might feel tired and lethargic, have trouble with digestion, or be unable to concentrate. Choosing the right supplement is often a matter of listening to these signals.
On our online shop, we organise our supplements to help you decode these signals. If you’re lethargic, we’ll recommend supplements that’ll boost your energy. If you’re worried about overall health, we’ll show you which vitamins support your immune system.
You know your body better than anyone, so you’re the person who should decide where to start.
But if you’re not sure, and you’d like to just increase your overall health by making sure you get enough of a wide range of vitamins and minerals, then the obvious place to start is with a one-a-day multivitamin.
Just remember – if you have a healthy diet, healthy habits, and grab that extra little bit of support that a supplement delivers, you’ll stand the best chance of feeling happier and healthier in everything you do.
Here’s to your good health!