Vitamins in your normal diet may be enough to prevent the more obvious vitamin deficiency diseases like beriberi and scurvy. But, can you achieve optimum health without the use of nutritional supplements? According to a recent research, a daily intake of multivitamin containing large amounts of vitamin C can prolong your life by six years! A study undertaken by World Health Organization shows that heart attacks are likely to be associated with lower levels of vitamin E in an individual instead of higher levels of cholesterol, as is commonly believed. Elmer M. Cranton provides further insight into why we should take vitamins.