How Do Vitamins Work?
Contributed by Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg
Vitamin C and the B-group vitamins
Vitamins A, D, E, and K
Helps form and maintains healthy teeth, bones, soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin.7
Helps break down proteins, helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells.8
Promotes the health of teeth and gums as well as wound healing.8
Helps the body absorb calcium, which is important for healthy teeth and bones. It also helps maintain proper blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.7
An antioxidant that plays a role in the formation of red blood cells.7
Essential for the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, and in the production of hormones and cholesterol.8
Works with vitamin B12 to help form red blood cells. It is also necessary for the production of DNA which controls tissue growth and cell function.8
Pantothenic acid (B5)
Essential for the metabolism of food. It also plays a role in the production of hormones and cholesterol.8
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Works with the other B vitamins. It is important for body growth and the production of red blood cells.8
Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
When to Take a Multivitamin
While dietary supplements should never be a substitute for a healthy diet, a typical multivitamin supplement with minerals can help to make up shortfalls between recommended dietary intake of nutrients and the usual amounts most of us get in our daily lives.
If you’re not sure whether you’re getting all the essential vitamins you need every day from your diet, consult with a healthcare professional and consider the added benefits of taking a daily multivitamin.