Vitamins are compounds that are needed in small amounts by the body but are involved in a large number of chemical reactions. Pantothenic acid, or B5,works with several other B vitamins for a number of essential processes including breaking down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into energy and is also the B vitamin that is needed to form vitamin D, a variety of hormones, and red blood cells.
Vitamins are needed for the proper synthesis of body building material, HORMONES and other chemical regulators; for the biochemical processes involved in energy production and nerve and muscle function; and for the breakdown of waste products and toxic substances.
Likewise, though vitamin supplements have been touted as a prevention for cancer , a 2004 report by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that the evidence is inadequate to recommend supplementation of vitamins A, C, or E, multivitamins with folic acid, or antioxidant combinations to decrease the risk of cancer.
NUTRILITE HAIR, SKIN AND NAILS COMPLEX contains Biotin, the water-soluble B vitamin, which research suggest may help alleviate nail brittleness, promote healthy hair and improve skin condition, and acerola cherry containing a high concentration of vitamin C that is essential for the growth of skin and hair.
To get a little more concrete — and to understand how we got to that endless row of vitamins at CVS — it’s useful to look at a couple of examples: vitamin D and vitamin E. These are among the most popular vitamin supplements: In the 2009-2010 NHANES, 34 percent of adults reported taking vitamin D supplements and 30 percent reported taking vitamin E.