From the meaning of the word, to who invented them, to how, when and where you should take your supplements, this is your 101 guide to vitamins. The vitamin bible, if you will.

Your amazing body

The human body is a pretty miraculous piece of equipment. Take the fact that your stomach lining renews itself completely every five days for example, which is just one tiny cog in an ever-turning wheel of regeneration.

Your body works tirelessly every day to renew your muscles, blood vessels and organs and it’s this cycle that keeps you thriving in life, whilst protecting you against things like poor diet choices and physical or emotional stress.

In the minute or so it takes you to read this…

• Your heart will have taken more than 70 beats, pumping more than five litres of blood through your veins;

• Your eyes will blink around 15 times to help keep them fluid;

• The surface of your lungs is renewing right now;

• Millions of your cells are dying, but at the same time, trillions more are being made every second.

Pretty impressive, right?

So where do we come in?

We believe in the power of giving our bodies what they deserve to help them carry on being amazing for years to come. But we also understand that it’s hard to make sure you get enough of everything your body needs.

Sometimes we don't get enough sleep. Sometimes our lives are stressful. Sometimes we don’t get out for that 5K run. Sometimes we choose pizza over a Mediterranean diet. That's why we believe in the power of vitamins.

Not only this, our bodies are unable to manufacture most vitamins – including vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin K – making them an essential part of our diets.

Though we would always recommend eating a healthy diet and staying as active as you can, it is possible to top up your body’s supply of vitamins if you need to.

The History of Vitamins

Did you know that 16 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to scientists who have found links between vitamins and good health? Take American scientist George Wald, who discovered the link between vitamin A and night blindness, or Henrik Dam: the Danish biochemist who made the connection between vitamin K and blood clotting. If you’re as fascinated as we are by the beginnings of vitamins, here’s a timeline to satisfy your inquisitive side.

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Consumer Statistics

An RDA Guide...

Experts who claim that we can get all the nutrients we need from our diet always use the caveat ‘a healthy balanced diet’. But hand-on-heart how many of us can say we eat a healthy balanced diet 100% of the time and even if we are confident that our diet is healthy, does it really provide all the nutrients we need?

Learn more about RDA's and NRV's >

How to take your supplements

Although diet should always come first, your vitamin and mineral supplements are designed to be taken every day to supply a recommended daily amount as a nutritional safety net. This helps to ensure your metabolism keeps running smoothly, the correct level of enzymes, hormones and structural proteins are made and worn out cells replaced on a daily basis.

Learn more about supplements here >

Supplements 101 infographic


We've broken down our key terms into alphabetical order to help you find what you're looking for.

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