Instagram is littered with subscription vitamin services, pretty and personal enough for the wellness and self-care movements.
If you like the idea of warding off disease by taking vitamin supplements, you’ve probably been disheartened by the research in this area over the last few years. A new study won’t help. It finds that the vast majority of the vitamins and minerals analyzed didn’t have any measurable benefit, at least when it came to the outcomes studied here—cardiovascular disease, stroke, and early death. This is not to say that certain supplements aren’t necessary for some people, but taking vitamins as a general preventative measure just doesn't have a whole lot of evidence behind it.
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There’s no conclusive evidence that dietary supplements prevent chronic disease in the average American, Dr. Manson said. And while a handful of vitamin and mineral studies have had positive results, those findings haven’t been strong enough to recommend supplements to the general American public, she said.
A daily multivitamin or supplement may give your well-being an extra boost, but if you’ve ever swallowed one and felt sick right after, you know it’s hardly a pleasant experience. It can even make you want to ditch the regimen altogether.
Here’s the confusing thing about vitamins: your life literally depends on them—but that doesn’t mean you need to take them. The best scientific evidence to date says you probably don’t need vitamins in pill form.
Nutrition experts argue that people need only the recommended daily allowance — the amount of vitamins found in a routine diet. Vitamin manufacturers argue that a regular diet doesn’t contain enough vitamins, and that more is better.
Science tells us that taking most vitamins is worthless—but here's a few that buck the trend.
Typically, chromatography is used to determine what vitamins are present in certain foods. This technique uses a long thin tube filled with a particulate packing material through which gasses or fluids flow.
A lot of people incorporate vitamins into their daily health routines, but are they worth it?
Price has a few ideas—and a few warnings to keep in mind the next time you're staring down an aisle of supplements.
The vitamin and supplements industry, which is immensely profitable, relies on the intuition that if a little bit of something is good for you, a bit more can’t hurt. Right? Wrong. If you don’t have a serious vitamin deficiency, taking supplemental vitamins doesn’t provide any benefit, in almost all cases that have been studied. What’s even more surprising is this: routinely taking mega-doses of vitamins might actually harm you.
The evidence against supplements continues to pile up.
Recently I created a list of The Top 5 Vitamins You Shouldn’t Take. Now I’m expanding that list to include vitamin D, which is taken by almost half of older adults. Now, two new studies in latest issue of The Lancet show that most of these people are wasting their money.
Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.
LabDoor analyzed 25 best-selling prenatal vitamin supplements in the United States, measuring levels of key vitamins (A, B3, B6, C, D, and folic acid), minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc), fatty acids (total omega-3, EPA, and DHA), and heavy metals (antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, lead, and silver).
The government knows it, and the supplement industry knows it. But those who use vitamins every day probably don’t know that the label on every multivitamin and most other vitamin and mineral supplements – such as vitamin D, calcium, and B complexes — is wrong and misleading.
Commercials on television push the same message -- "take your vitamins" -- but doctors are less urgent. A balanced diet of fresh, nutritious foods is still the ideal way to get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
Vitamin supplementation, except for vitamin D, does not reproduce the protective effect of natural food stuffs. So, why do we persist on taking them?
We are not a post-vitamin society, yet.
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After decades of unlocking the baroque biochemistry of free radicals and antioxidants, hundreds of thousands of volunteers, and millions of pounds spent on clinical trials, the best conclusion that 21st Century science has to offer is also found within a child’s classroom – eat your five-a-day.
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