Many people take vitamins on a daily basis to boost their immune system and to keep them healthy. Vitamins can be supplied as a tablet, a drink or even as a sweet like jelly for younger children. They can be mixed with many types of vitamins called multi vitamins or just contain one of two vitamins.
There are debates as to if multi vitamins actually help or benefit people but may people swear by them.
Vitamins should never be used as a substitute for a healthy diet. Some vitamins also have side effects, especially if taken in large numbers or over a long period of time. Side effects can include headaches, tooth staining, nausea and diarrhoea. There can also be more serious side effects such as stomach bleeding, uneven heart rate and convulsions.
Before taking vitamins, you may wish to seek the advice of a health professional such as a doctor or nurse.