Why are vitamins important?
Each vitamin has a very important function in our body. More details about how they help individually can be found under their specific FAQ, but overall, they contribute to healthy teeth, bones, tissue, skin, metabolism and production of red blood cells.
There are two main types of vitamins:
Water-soluble - meaning they easily dissolve in water and can be filtered out of your body by the kidneys (these are all of the B vitamins)
Fat-soluble - meaning your body is able to store them in fat for future use (these are K, A, D, and E)
Some vitamin deficiencies are relatively common because of the food we eat or choose not to eat, like B vitamins, but some vitamin deficiencies are very rare, like vitamin A. All vitamin deficiencies become symptomatic eventually, but checking your levels or being proactive about dietary changes can prevent you from developing a vitamin deficiency in the future. Likewise, some vitamins can get to toxic levels if you are ingesting too much and have equally negative health consequences.