Do Vitamins Really Work?

 Health is a major concern among people. Everyone is looking for that one formula that could provide good overall health. Taking your vitamins daily may have fulfilled this idea. However, this health wonder may actually cause you more harm than the benefits it promises.


The best way to get all the nutrients the body needs is to be mindful about the food to consume and not rely on manufactured products that claim to be the “best solution”.

Long running researches have actually found that the daily multivitamin habit that most people follow actually linked to higher risk of various cancers.


In 2011, University of Minnesota researchers found out that women who took multivitamins have higher death rates than those who didn’t. Meanwhile, in the same year, a study from the Cleveland Clinic found that men who took vitamin E have higher risk of incurring prostate cancer than those who didn’t.


Why Most People Take Multivitamins Daily


The idea of taking multivitamins was inserted in people’s minds by two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling. He is a celebrated scientist in the early- to mid- 1900s. He later on announced that he was to follow biochemist Irwin Stone’s recommendation to take vitamins. He took up to 18,000 milligrams per day and claimed that he felt so much better. Since then, he has always been associated to vitamin C.


More than half of the adults in the US take multivitamins daily. This is because vitamin manufacturers say that people are not getting enough of the common vitamins from their diets. Vitamins A, C, E, and the rest are important substances that the body needs to transform food into energy.


According to vitamins manufacturing companies, getting a little bit more extra vitamins won’t hurt.


Taking in Multivitamins Has Its Negative Effects


However, a study that has been running for 10 years proves this notion otherwise.


Researchers found that the daily intake of multivitamins, antioxidants, supplemental betacarotene, vitamin E, and vitamin A is linked to higher risk of death.


However, the researchers claim that more study is needed to learn if supplemental vitamin D has benefits or not, especially that there are some subgroups who need supplemental vitamin D for their deficiencies.


Studies Suggest Avoiding Vitamins


But an article by the Annals of Internal Medicine published last year shows that most supplements don’t actually stop chronic diseases from occurring. They claim that taking in supplements is simply not justified, and that they should actually be avoided. This recommendation is especially best for people who don’t actually have micronutrient deficiencies, which is the case of most of the people in the US and other parts of the world.


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Infectious Diseases Division Chief Paul Offit wrote an article in The New York Times saying that vitamin manufacturers have somehow managed to stop the Food and Drug Administration from implementing rules and regulation on the vitamin industry. The FDA has also failed to inform the general public about the safety of taking vitamins.


Because of misinformation, consumers have no idea that megavitamins could lead to higher risk of cancer and heart disease, and lead to shorter life span.

Article Credit: Eva Magno


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