Concerned that your diet is out of balance? If a restrictive diet or hectic lifestyle is making it difficult for you to eat healthy meals, vitamin supplements could help to bridge the diet gap and ensure that you're getting the nutrition that you need for health and well-being. CVS carries a huge assortment of supplements and makes it easy to shop for vitamins from A to Z. Explore the entire selection or shop by vitamin type to find the perfect supplement.
Vitamins are nutrients that the human body needs on a daily basis to function properly. Unfortunately, you can't manufacture the vitamins required to fuel bodily processes. Instead, your body absorbs vitamins from the foods that you eat. There are 13 essential vitamins: vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyroxidine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12).
If you don't get enough of a certain vitamin in your diet, you could develop a shortage or deficiency of the nutrient. Vitamin deficiencies can cause unpleasant side effects and increase your risk of developing certain medical conditions. Doctors often recommend standalone vitamin supplements for people who are suffering from deficiencies or are at risk for developing them. Standalone supplements provide a set amount of one key vitamin.
Because of the important roles that vitamins play in the human body, it is possible that supplements may prove beneficial for individuals with certain medical conditions. For example, vitamin D is needed by the body to absorb calcium, a mineral that is required for bone health. As a result, doctors may suggest that people who are at risk for bone loss or osteoporosis take a vitamin D supplement daily.
To begin shopping for vitamin supplements, narrow down the options by category and strength. The strength tells you how much of the essential vitamin is provided by one serving of the supplement. Then, you can compare the forms of the vitamins, the package size and other features to select the best option for your individual needs.
Before adding a vitamin supplement to your diet, talk to your medical professional. He or she can help you decide if a particular vitamin is right for you and recommend the right strength for you to take. To get the most out of your vitamin supplement, use it as directed by the manufacturer unless you receive other instructions from your health care provider.