We all know that we need the essential nutrients that help the body to perform its everyday roles of strengthening bones, healing wounds and boosting your immune system.

Does it make any difference how you get these vitamins into your body? Whether by food, sunlight or by supplements surely vitamins are vitamins no matter what.

Latest research appears to show that vitamins are better to be obtained by food rather than supplements and research from several institutions, including Toronto University and St Michael’s Hospital in Canada, and the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences in France reveal that many popular multi vitamins taken daily have absolutely no effect on prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease. Further studies are taking place for other effects of vitamins and other supplements.

Current UK guidelines recommends everyone taking a vitamin D in the winter months because you skin will not be able to receive enough sunlight, the main way the body produces vitamin D. It also recommends those who are trying for a baby or are in the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy should take folic acid supplements. Vitamins A, C and D are also recommended for children aged 6 months to 5 years.

So it appears that you are taking them for the right reasons they are beneficial, but they are not a cure all and should not be used as such.

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