Over-the-counter or OTC medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements do not require a prescription. You can purchase them at grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies and mass merchandisers. All are for treating minor health problems that can be managed at home. They all offer both benefits and have potential risks. Even though you don’t need a prescription, they should still be taken responsibly. Of course, if symptoms don’t improve – or you experience adverse side effects – you should call your healthcare provider.

The Difference:

An important distinction between vitamins, supplements and herbals is that they don’t undergo the same testing as OTCs. Although they come in similar packaging and may be shaped just like pills, they are not considered OTC medicines. Keep this in mind when taking your daily multivitamin, fish oil Capsule or Probiotic.

Vitamin D

The human body produces vitamin D as a response to sun exposure. A person can also boost their vitamin D intake through certain foods or supplements.

Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. It also plays many other important roles in the body, including regulating inflammation and immune function.

B Vitamins:

Vitamins naturally occur in food and are needed in very small amounts for various bodily functions such as energy production and making red blood cells. There are 13 vitamins that our body needs, eight of which make up the B-group (or B-complex) vitamins.

The B-group vitamins do not provide the body with fuel for energy, even though supplement advertisements often claim they do. However, it’s true though that without B-group vitamins the body lacks energy. This is because the B-group vitamins are needed to help the body to use the energy-yielding nutrients (such as carbohydrates, fat and protein) for fuel. Other B-group vitamins are needed to help cells to multiply by making new DNA.

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