Vitamins and Supplements– What you need to know

Whether you are looking for supplements to help you lose weight, adding muscle and strength or just wanting to stay healthy there is a huge selection of vitamins and supplements available to cover just about everything. There are two vitamin which I keep in the cupboard for my families use: Vitamin C and Vitamin D.

Vitamin C – Also known as ascorbic acid is the one vitamin I reach for whenever the kids or I get a cold, there is some good evidence here  to support this theory and I for one will continue dosing when I start to get ill. I use this brand of vitamin c suppliers, which I found to taste lovely and have a much nicer texture than some which are gritty.

Vitamin C is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is used to form collagen, a protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. It is also essential for the healing of wounds, and for the repair and maintenance of people’s cartilage, bones, and teeth. It is suggested that vitamin C helps with blood pressure by strengthening the walls of the arteries. It is also suggested it can prevent damage to cells caused by aging as well as help reduce stress.

Official advice for vitamin C dosage: here. Adults need 40mg a day, note: over 1000mg a day can cause stomach upsets.


Vitamin D – there was some reports back in the summer (2016) urging everyone to consider taking vitamin D supplements (see here). The report states that 1 in 5 people are deficient in vitamin D, which is needed in order to absorb calcium into the body. Vitamin D is found in very few food sources and the main source is from the action of sunlight on our skin, which, with the increased awareness of the dangers of skin cancer from the sun we are all covering up and using stronger sunblocks, we are all reducing the amount of time we spend in the sun.

Advise is available here regarding vitamin D dosage. Adults and children over 1 is 10 mcg a day.

*Vitamin C product received for the purpose of a review, all opinions and wording are my own.


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