No health benefit from taking vitamin pills

Last Update: June 08, 2018

A Canadian study indicated that there's no health gain in taking vitamin pills, and sadly some could even increase the risk of early death. It said people should derive their nutirion from fruits, nuts, vegetables and healthy diet. The study reviewed popular vitamins supplements, A, B1, B2 , B3 (NIACIN), B6, B9(FOLIC ACID), C, D & E. Minerals like carotene, calcium, iron, zinc, magnessium & selenium are also studied.

It found multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C showed no health advantage. But niacin and antioxidants could actually be harmful, as they showed a very small raised risk of death from any cause. Folic acid is the only supplement proven to reduce the risk of heart diseases or stroke.

Mutivitamins supplements - greed of commerciliasation

Latest figures put sales of vitamins and supplements in the UK at more than 420 million pounds per annum, and is expected to hit 457 million pounds by 2021. The lead researcher, Dr Jenkins said, ' WE WERE SURPRISED TO FIND SO FEW POSITIVE EFFECTS OF THE MOST COMMON SUPPLEMENTS PEOPLE CONSUME'. The study found that no apparent harm with use of multivitamins, but no advantage either.

It is sensible therefore to rely on healthy diet to get your fill of vitamins and minerals. Eat as fresh, and as organic as possible.

This is probably a blow to those on health niche selling all sorts of mutivitamins and supplements. Whatever the study indicates, most people will still not cease 'wasting' their money on supplements. It's a choice at the end of the day.

All the best always,

Lanu.

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MSnargrass Premium
Food should be your main source of nutrition, but depending on your dietary needs, supplements can be helpful. It would be a good idea to get a full blood spectrum check for levels and go from there.
Supplements are there to supplement not substitute or cure and you should fully understand why your taking whatever your taking instead of taking because you think it’s good for you.
Everybody is different and many athletes can have depleted levels because of high levels of performance in physical activities. The average person may not have the same issues.
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Marcus
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Elijah1916 Premium
Absolutely/ I believe you are responding to Swangirl, who lives in Alaska.
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MSnargrass Premium
Just generally saying that supplements can be useful in the right circumstance.
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wendyg53 Premium
Unless people can afford to eat organic food, most food is now grown in depleted soil. Which is definitely the case in the US. What kind of study was it? Many clinical studies have flawed data skewed toward whatever the person leading the study wants to prove. Did they use a control group? Is there more than one study to prove this?

I think it is irresponsible to write off health supplements because of one study.
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Swangirl Premium
I agree and was wondering some of the same questions Wendy. It is hard or even impossible for some people to get enough nutrients from food when the cheapest/most affordable foods nowadays in the Western world are the white flour/high fat/high sugar foods with virtually no nutrition. It is very expensive to get enough fresh fruits and vegetables especially if you live in a remote location or in the north like I do in Alaska. We literally cannot get enough sunlight in the winter to make enough Vitamin D. The sun does not get high enough in the sky to produce the effects needed on our skin especially since we would have to stand outside in the cold for a few hours in the middle of winter when the temperature may be below zero with exposed skin!

The time from harvest to consumption reduces nutrition of fruits an vegetables as well, so by the time they are shipped from Mexico to Alaska in the winter they are not very nutritious anyway.

If you don't buy organic you may get so many pesticides you could negate the positive effects of produce as well and as you mentioned eating all organic is very expensive and cost prohibitive for many.

I don't take multi-vitamins since they contain active ingredients that are too low for my needs anyway. What were the dosages of the supplements in the study? Were they low doses? Dosages of many supplements are way too low for many people's needs. Some, like magnesium I can actually take at the recommended dose, but others like Vit D, I take at much higher doses such as 40,000 units per day. This is because I have auto-immune disease which requires extra Vit D and I don't get much sun for many months of the year due to my location in Alaska.

Many studies saying supplements are useless are paid for by the pharmaceutical companies. They have a vested interest in shooting down their competition.

I know supplements work for me.

If I don't take Full Spectrum Vitamin K I get hemorrhages in my eyes within a day or two. How is that for proof?! It was recommended by my doctor since it helps with blood clotting.

I could list a ton more examples like debilitating cramps in my legs if I don't take magnesium. Constant twitching in my muscles if I don't take potassium etc. I am not normal. I need extra nutrients due to health problems, but there are many, many people like me in the same boat.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Well each of us is unique, that's why there can never be the same finger prints. I believe the dosses in the study are standard. If it works for you, by all means continue, perhaps you are an exception to the rule then. It does happen. I wish you the best of health.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Wendy, there are several videos on YouTube from time immemorial about the study, from other sources. Definitely not one study on this my dear.
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wendyg53 Premium
Or melatonin. Without that, a lot of people wouldn't get any sleep. Have you tried a decent sunlamp with UV rays Jessica? I hear they're very helpful for climates that don't get much sunlight.
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wendyg53 Premium
Yes, I looked at some of the videos. And your point is? If this is the case, then why do doctors prescribe vitamin supplements when a patient is deficient?

Again, it is dangerous to write off vitamins since so many of us have deficiencies from a food supply that lacks the proper nutrients.

Those videos are very simplistic, as was the study.
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Elijah1916 Premium
Wendy information is there for all, nevertheless it is still our choice that is important and relevant to what we eventually do. While I agree with you regards some studies, there are steps we can take to make our foods as natural as possible.
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steveo5770 Premium
Health "quackery" is huge business and it's not going away any time soon. Even when it is exposed as quackery, the people who want to believe it works simply cry "conspiracy!"
Strange times we live in :)
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Elijah1916 Premium
That is true, a real medical scam, and its just beginning . Coconut oil and cannabis oil is the now all cure, and all the rubbish. Lol.
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Hollshope Premium
It makes me wonder who's profiting from these studies? Thanks for sharing this. I find it very interesting.
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Elijah1916 Premium
You know, people need to present papers for prohesorhip and doctorate. These are studies some decide to undertake my dear.
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Steven-A Premium
like the runner that gets hit by a bus - trying to be healthy can ruin your health lol :)

people will still take them anyway....
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Elijah1916 Premium
Steve, old habit die hard. Lol.
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