Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamins and minerals are more than just essential to keep us alive. They also can also help us to feel good and make sure our bodies work in the way they’re supposed to. The best source of vitamins and minerals is from food, but if you’re looking for an extra dietary supplement, we’ve got them all, from A – Z. Browse our range and choose the ones that suit your lifestyle and needs.
More about vitamins & minerals
What are vitamins and minerals?
Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that your body needs to work properly and stay healthy. Even though you only need them in small amounts to stay healthy, an unbalanced diet can sometimes lead to a deficiency in one or more of these nutrients. Just about every part of your body will need some kind of vitamin or mineral to function at its healthy best, so it’s important that you get the full spectrum of them. We always recommend avoiding too many processed foods and getting all of your vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet including green vegetables, dairy products, some breakfast cereals, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruit and proteins such as meat, tofu or soya.
Why take vitamin and mineral supplements?
The best way to get the full range of vitamins and minerals is through a healthy, balanced diet – but that’s not always possible. Also, there are some people who have medical conditions which means they need to supplement their diet with a range of vitamins and minerals from other sources. If you need a little bit of help to make sure you get the full range, you might consider taking a supplement. You could try a multivitamin supplement like Lindens Multivitamins A-Z Daily Tablets or something more specific if you know you need it.
What are the best vitamin and mineral supplements?
Before you start taking vitamins and minerals, you should have a good idea of what you need or what you’re missing. The best ones will very much depend on your personal circumstances. For example, vegetarians may not always get enough iron and vitamin B12 in their diet and people who follow a vegan diet need to make sure they get enough calcium, iron and vitamin B12. If you’re looking to boost all your vitamins and minerals, you could try a great all-rounder multivitamin like Terranova Full-Spectrum Multivitamin Complex, which provides a broad range of vitamins and minerals for the body.
If you want to boost your vitamin D and calcium levels with one supplement, try Accrete D3. If have a calcium and vitamin D deficiency because you’re not getting enough of these nutrients from your diet, we recommend Adcal D3 caplets for therapeutic supplementation of malnutrition. If you suffer from a vitamin C deficiency or need extra due to anaemia, read up on Ferrograd C tablets.
For more general, advice, here are a few of the vitamins and minerals we would recommend for specific purposes:
Best vitamins and minerals for hair, skin and nails
There are quite a few vitamins and minerals that are really good for your hair like biotin, selenium, B vitamins, vitamin D and iron. If you’re looking for a supplement that contains all of these vitamins and minerals as well as a host of others that are beneficial for healthy-looking hair, you could try Lamberts Maxi-Hair tablets, which contain 25 essential micro-nutrients.
Best vitamins and minerals for skin
Everyone wants soft, supple skin that glows – and some of the vitamins and minerals that help with this are vitamin C, vitamin E and biotin. Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies contains these very vitamins to support your natural beauty routine.
Best vitamins and minerals for bones and teeth
For your bones, teeth, joints and immunity, the one vitamin that the NHS recommends people take in supplement form, especially during the winter months, is vitamin D. This is because the sun’s UVB rays aren’t strong enough for us to create enough vitamin D in our skin, which helps with bone health. Try Solgar Vitamin D3 400 IU softgels to top you up in the winter months.
Before you start taking vitamins and minerals, you should chat to your GP or pharmacist to find out if they’re suitable for you. You can contact our pharmacist for expert advice.