Our body is incapable of producing vitamins and minerals itself, which is why we rely on food for our intake. A deficiency of any of these vitamins and minerals can be detrimental to your general health and your performance. Usually, a regular and varied eating pattern that includes a sufficient amount of fruit and vegetables should contain a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals.
In general, athletes need higher amounts of vitamins and minerals. This is entirely due to the fact that the body requires vitamins and minerals to produce energy. They also limit muscle acidification.
Have your blood checked by your GP before taking a food supplement. He or she can check which vitamins and/or minerals you may or may not need. Be very cautious with supplements you decide to take yourself. Buy products from your chemist. While websites may offer cheaper alternatives, these products may also be contaminated.