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Vitamin deficiency: water-soluble vitamins

Vitamin deficiency: water-soluble vitamins

From this CPD module on vitamin deficiency you will learn about:

  • Water-soluble vitamins and their role in physiology
  • Food sources and symptoms of deficiency
  • Interactions between vitamins and medication
  • Groups vulnerable to deficiency and advice pharmacists can offer about diet and supplementation

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

Vitamins are organic compounds essential for growth and nutrition, and each have a different role within the body. Some vitamins are needed in larger quantities than others and most vitamins needed come from dietary sources – this is because they cannot be synthesised in the body.

In the UK, most people are able to obtain all the vitamins they need from a varied and balanced diet. Nevertheless, millions choose to take vitamin supplements, as

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