Multivitamins May Cause More Harm than Good

The next time you sit down to take your daily multivitamin, you might want to reconsider. Recent studies have shown that some vitamins may not ward off disease, and in fact may contribute to the development of some illnesses.

Two separate reports, both published in reputable academic journals, observed 35,000 men and 38,000 women, some in a control group and some who took vitamins over a long time period. The results were surprising: the men who took more vitamins were slightly more likely to develop prostate cancer, and the women who took their daily supplements had a higher risk of death. The results were not statistically significant enough to claim that vitamins cause cancer, but they seem to indicate that consuming excessive vitamins–particularly in pill form–could be a waste of money.

Vitamins, supplements, and antioxidant pills have gained popularity over the past few years, but most doctors still recommend that individuals get their vitamins and minerals from the food they eat. A diet consisting mainly of nutritious fruits, vegetables, and grains should provide the average person with most necessary vitamins. Taking extra supplements has empirically been linked to heart disease, several cancers, and other serious health conditions. The studies, however, did not examine the benefits of multi-vitamins for individuals suffering from serious vitamin and nutrient deficiency, and several have claimed that calcium actually lowers the risk of death, particularly in women.

If you would like to discuss your nutrition choices with Dr. Zimmet, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today.

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