Rethinking Multivitamins and Mineral Supplements
Each year 40% of Americans gobble up a whopping $28 billion in multivitamins and mineral supplements, thinking they’re a “recipe for good health.” Well, according to several new research studies, multivitamins are not only money down the drain, but may actually cause health problems in well nourished adults.
Did You Know ?
While there continues to be scientific debate and study about the perceived health benefits of multivitamins, recent studies are chipping away at some common myths:
- Antioxidents supplements have no statistically significant effect on morbidity or mortality, and excess ingestion of antioxidents like vitamin A, vitamin E, and beta carotene may actually have the reverse effect.
- Consuming too much Vitamin E may actually increase the risk of prostate cancer in men.
- Too much Vitamin A can cause liver damage, coma and even death, and is especially toxic when over-administered to children.
- Excess ingestion of beta carotene may actually increase the risk of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.
- Ingestion of high amounts of Vitamin C does not prevent the common cold or lessen its effects.
What to Do?
The best advice from nutritionists and doctors is to eat a balanced diet rich in nutrient dense foods. Getting started is as easy as talking with your doctor about your current diet and determining where nutritional changes can be made to promote good health, according to Harvard Health Publications.
“All in all, if you avoid saturated and trans fat, take a daily 1,000 IU vitamin D supplement, and eat a balanced diet — one that contains a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nonfat diary products — you probably don’t need a multivitamin on your plate.”
Resources About Multivitamins
- VIDEO: Multivitamins Should Be Avoided
- Getting Your Vitamins And Minerals Through Diet
- The Case Against Multivitamins