Carbohydrates, proteins and lipids are the main components of our diet. They are the source for energy and form the basic building blocks in our body. In order to use this source, our body needs tools to process them: vitamins.
Vitamins are essential, meaning that our body can not produce them itself. We need to supply them daily – in our diet or through supplements. Each vitamin fulfills a unique function in the metabolism.
The amounts of vitamins required by the body range from a few micrograms to a hundred milligrams per day and vary from one vitamin to another. The requirement is additionally affected by factors such as stress, strenuous exercise and diseases, but also by pregnancy and lactation. A deficit of just one of the vitamins can already impact the normal functioning of our body.