Vitamins

Vitamins play a vital role within the body and are an essential part of a healthy diet. However, the demands of 21st century living can often make meeting the daily requirements for vitamins that little bit more challenging. Here at Cytoplan we offer a selection of vitamin supplements, including single vitamins and multivitamins, to support your needs and help safeguard against nutritional shortfalls. All our vitamins are suitable for vegetarians, with the vast majority also being suitable for vegans. Our vitamin supplements are provided in the form of vitamin tablets, capsules, liquids, powders and gummies, providing something for everyone.

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  1. Vitamin D3 & K2
    £21.50
  2. Wholefood Vitamin D3 Vegan
    £9.40
  3. Vitamin B12 sublingual
    £10.20
  4. B Complex (High Potency)
    £20.90
  5. Vitamin C (Food State)
    £17.80
  6. Vitamin D3 Drops
    £17.20
  7. Organic Vitamin C
    £20.40
  8. Chewy C
    £26.90
  9. P5P Extra
    £20.90
  10. Nicotinamide Riboside
    £60.00
  11. Vitamin B6 (as P-5-P)
    £14.60
  12. Vitamin B5
    £16.30
  13. Vitamin A Retinol
    £9.40
  14. Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
    £18.20
  15. Choline Bitartrate Powder
    £21.60
  16. Vitamin E
    £11.60
  17. Junior Vitamin D3
    £4.50
  18. Multi B Extra
    £23.00
  19. Daily D3 + K2
    £17.00
  20. Super B Extra - 60 Tablets
    £17.80
  21. Super B Extra-180 tablets
    £41.60
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Vitamins are not naturally produced by the body, so must be supplied through external sources. Eating a healthy diet is the best place to start, however, ensuring that we are getting a sufficient intake of vitamins from diet alone can be challenging, and this is where supplementation can play an important role. 
 
Within our range of vitamin supplements we provide vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E in various strengths and forms including tablets, capsules, liquids, powders and gummies. Follow the links to learn more about our vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin D supplements. Providing vitamins in their most bioeffective form is a key consideration when formulating our supplements, for example, we provide folic acid as methylfolate, which is a stable and methylated form of folate, as well as vitamin B12 in the form of methylcobalamin. 
 
We also have vitamin supplements in Wholefood and Food State forms. What sets these products apart is that both Food State and Wholefood nutrients are used by the body in the same way as food nutrients. Through replicating nature, we strive to provide the best, most natural and most bioeffective supplements to support optimal health. As well as being beneficial for all, they are gentle on the body making them particularly suitable for individuals who are unwell or who have sensitivities. Our Cherry C, Wholefood Vitamin D3 Vegan, Food State Vitamin C, Organic Vitamin C, Multi B Extra and Super B Extra are all good examples.
You can learn more about the Wholefood and Food State process here.
 
All our vitamins are suitable for vegetarians, with the vast majority also being suitable for vegans too. 

How do I know if I need to take vitamin supplements?

For many years at Cytoplan we have presented the rationale that there is a "nutrition gap" in the diets of most people by virtue of several factors. The nutrition gap describes the difference between the levels of nutrients the average person eating a reasonable Western diet is obtaining from food, and those nutrient levels identified by research as being needed for optimal health. Nutrition supplements can bridge this gap when they contain the appropriate, and safe, levels of nutrients as long as the nutrients are in a bioeffective form.

Supplementing with vitamins is a personal choice, however there are certain circumstances when supplementation might be advisable.

Vitamin tablets may be recommended if you struggle to eat a balanced diet, or don't consume particular foods, for example, people following a vegetarian or vegan diet. 

In the UK, the number of people with sub-optimal levels of vitamin D is thought to be fairly widespread. There are only a few food sources of vitamin D (even less if you are vegan), so the main way to ensure we get enough vitamin D is to be out in the sunshine, which allows vitamin D to be produced within our skin. This is fairly simple if you live in a sunny climate, but in the UK we can be at a bit of a disadvantage! Plus the sun is only strong enough for our skin to produce vitamin D between March and October. The winter months are therefore a good time to take a vitamin D tablet.

Individuals with vitamin B12 deficiencies often need a regular vitamin supplement. 

If you are trying to conceive, or are in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, it is recommended to supplement with 400µg of folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects in the developing foetus.

If you would like advice on your individual vitamin requirements, we would advise that you speak to a health professional, or complete our free health questionnaire.

What vitamins should I take?

Due to diet, demands, specific goals and genetics, we all have very individual needs for vitamin supplements. If there are additional needs, targeting a specific vitamin can be useful as well as supplementing with a multivitamin and mineral.

Vitamins are used in a variety of ways. The immune system is dependent on vitamins A, C, D and E to support its normal function. A range of B vitamins are required to support energy metabolism, the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, nervous system function, mental health and mood. Vitamins C and E are both antioxidants which help to protect cells from oxidative stress. Vitamin C also contributes to normal collagen formation. As well as supporting the immune system, vitamin D is needed for the normal growth and development of bone in children, as well as maintaining bone health and muscle function in adults.

To allow you to be specific and tailor your nutrition program to meet your individual needs, we have an extensive range of single and combination vitamin supplements for men, women and children.

What are the benefits of taking vitamins?

Busy lifestyles and the demands of 21st century living can often make meeting the daily requirements for vitamins that little bit more challenging. Vitamin supplements can offer a convenient way to help safeguard your intake of individual vitamins when your body needs that little bit of additional support.

Are vitamins stored within the body?

Vitamins are grouped into two categories; fat-soluble vitamins and water-soluble vitamins. 

Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body's liver, fatty tissue and muscles. The four fat-soluble vitamins are vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins are absorbed more easily by the body when consumed in the presence of dietary fat.

Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body, and include vitamin C and all of the B vitamins. Any excess amounts of these vitamins are excreted form the body in urine. In order to prevent deficiencies of water-soluble vitamins, they need to be consumed on a regular basis.

Do vitamins have side effects?

It is highly unlikely that the recommended dose of vitamins will cause you to experience unwanted side effects. 

Supplementing with certain B vitamins (including vitamin B2 and B12) can turn your urine a bright yellow colour. However, if this happens you can relax in the knowledge that it is harmless and completely normal.

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NRV stands for Nutrient Reference Value and a level is set for 13 vitamins and 14 minerals for the purposes of food labelling, including supplements. An NRV is the level of a nutrient that is deemed adequate to meet the requirements of an average healthy adult to prevent deficiency. This means it refers to the absolute minimum amount of a certain vitamin/mineral that a person requires and was never intended as anything more than a safety net. When the National Academy of Sciences drew up the NRVs it never claimed these represented nutrient intakes designed to achieve optimal health and the optimal amount can far exceed the NRV. The NRV should therefore be used as a guide to help prevent deficiency only.

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Why is supplementing with vitamin D so important?
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Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), a fat-soluble vitamin, is made by the action of UVB sunlight on the skin, and in the UK, Caucasian adults need around 13 minutes of midday sunlight exposure in summer to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D. People with darker skin have more melanin to protect their skin from sun damage, and as such would need to spend anywhere between 30 minutes to 3 hours in the sun to produce sufficient D3.

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Which form of B12 is best?
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Vitamin B12 is used in the metabolism of every cell in the human body. It contributes to normal nervous system functioning through its role in the synthesis of myelin (the fatty layer which surrounds our nerve cells); supports the maturation of red blood cells in bone marrow, as well as acting as a cofactor in fatty acid and amino acid metabolism and DNA synthesis.

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My children are 2 and 5, do I need to give them vitamin D? 
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Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, particularly during periods of growth and development.  In addition, it has been highlighted as one nutrient which many groups of the population, including children, are deficient in. 

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I have an office job so spend all day inside, should I supplement with vitamin D? 
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In the UK, the number of people with sub-optimal levels of vitamin D is thought to be fairly widespread. There are only a few food sources of vitamin D (even less if you are vegan), so the main way to ensure we get enough vitamin D is to be out in the sunshine, which allows vitamin D to be produced within our skin...

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