Harsh Truth: Vitamins May Not Do Anything for Your Health
If you judged by sheer amount of advertising and options in the grocery store, you’d think multivitamins were the cure for every ill. There are vitamins for kids, adults, girls, boys, men, women and seniors. Whatever your ill may be, taking a daily vitamin (or four) will cure it.
Or at least that’s what we’ve been told for years, which has resulted in vitamins becoming a multi-million dollar industry. However, it seems that our faith in vitamins as both a cure-all and preventative medicine may have been misguided. Some are now saying that multivitamins are not nearly as beneficial as previously thought.
Though formerly touted as a key part of a healthy regimen, an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine is refuting those claims. In fact, the authors even suggest that supplements don’t have a justifiable use and should be avoided.
They caution vitamins could be harmful due to their high dosage amounts. By taking a daily vitamin, you may ingest far more vitamins than your body really needs. Increased instances of beta carotene, vitamin E and vitamin A may increase chances of death, which is the opposite of what we want vitamins to do.
When looking at a common bottle of vitamins for adults, you’ll find that they contain 200 percent of your daily dose of vitamin D, 133 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin E, 167 percent of you daily dose of vitamin B12. Call me crazy, but that seems excessive when you can find those in foods you eat every day.
There are still some benefits to taking a daily vitamin. For example, it’s still suggested that pregnant women take folic acid supplements. Beyond that, it may only be necessary for people who don’t get all needed vitamins and minerals from their diet to take a daily multivitamin.
If you’re concerned about your vitamin and supplement intake, consult with your doctor. If you have a well-balanced diet, it’s possible that you are getting all the nutrients you need. If not, your doctor can recommend exactly which supplements you require to be your healthiest.