FAQs - Vitamins & Supplements

Q. What is supplements and vitamins?
A. Supplements are available without a prescription and usually come in pill, powder or liquid form. Common supplements include vitamins, minerals and herbal products, also known as botanicals. People take these supplements to make sure they get enough essential nutrients and to maintain or improve their health.

Q. What is the difference between vitamins and supplements?
A. The key difference between supplements and vitamins is that supplements are either naturally occurring or synthetic chemical substances that we can take as a complement to the diet, whereas vitamins are naturally-occurring micronutrients in food.

Q. What is the use of vitamin supplements?
A. Some dietary supplements can improve overall health and help manage some health conditions. For example: Calcium and vitamin D help keep bones strong and reduce bone loss. Folic acid decreases the risk of certain birth defects.

Q. Can we take vitamin supplements daily?
A. Vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium and vitamin C, are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts to work properly. Many people choose to take supplements but taking too much or taking them for too long could be harmful.