Supplement sales have soared in the past few years, with just under half of Britons daily vitamin and mineral users.
Additionally, the total vitamins and supplement market reached £414 million last year, suggesting that we’re investing significant amounts on boosting our eating regimes in this way.
While it is still important to eat a healthy, balanced diet, vitamins and minerals can help plug the gaps.
However, the wide array now available can make it confusing to know which you need.
While the vitamins adults require can vary greatly, here are a trio of affordable vitamins it may be wise to stock up on.
Thanks to the lack of winter sunshine in the UK, many people in this country are deficient in vitamin D.
In fact, it is the most common nutritional deficiency in the Western world.
Signs you are low include bone pain, muscle weakness and unexplained fatigue.
While dietary sources include fatty fish, beef liver and cheese, it can sometimes be a struggle to absorb enough in this way.
Last year the government recommended everyone take 10 micrograms a day as a supplement.
Choose vitamin D3 as researchers have found it to be twice as effective at raising levels.
Unlike some other nutrients, we can’t store vitamin C in our bodies, so we need to consume it every day.
It is important for helping protect cells, maintaining healthy skin and helping with wound healing, according to the NHS.
Being deficient can lead to a condition called scurvy, which can cause symptoms such as bleeding gums, feeling tired and have skin that bruises easily.
Dietary sources include oranges, broccoli, blackcurrants, brussels sprouts and potatoes.
However, taking a supplement can be beneficial for helping boost the immune system.
Research found that taking 1,000mg per day shortens the duration and reduces the severity of colds.
It is necessary for healthy nerve tissue, brain function and red blood cell production.
Being low in the vitamin can cause extreme tiredness, breathlessness, pale skin and headaches.
Since the nutrient mainly comes from animal sources, people who are vegetarian, vegan or who don’t eat much meat or dairy products may become deficient.