Survey’s In: Your Vitamins Aren’t Working
A John’s Hopkins team looked at 277 randomized clinical trials that included 992129 research participants from all over the world.
They were specifically looking at how vitamins helped with heart conditions or morality.
They found no connection that tied the majority of vitamins and supplements to improved health.
Another review titled “Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements” pointed to research that covered 450,000 participants and revealed the multivitamins did not reduce risk for heart disease, cancer or mental declines.
One particular study of 1,708 heart attack survivors had them take a high-dose multivitamin or placebo for 55 months.
The rates of heart attacks, surgeries and deaths were very similar between the two groups.
Too Much of a “Good” Thing Is…Bad.
Not only are these vitamins not doing what they are supposed to do in many cases…they are actually harming us.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) noted:
“The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also uncovered some evidence suggesting that certain supplements might even be harmful to health when taken in excess. For instance, people who took more than 1,000 milligrams of supplemental calcium per day were more likely to die of cancer than those who didn’t… There was also evidence that people who took supplemental vitamin D at a dose exceeding 10 micrograms (400 IU) per day without a vitamin D deficiency were more likely to die from cancer.”
People are self-medicating with supplements and ending up with either wasted money or—worse—harming their health.
Can Vitamins or Supplements Help?
So, it seems pretty dismal when you realize most of the things that are supposed to help are worthless or even harmful.
What can be done for better health?
The truth lies in pursuing a healthy lifestyle with reduced stress.
NIH continues the review:
“It’s worth noting that the researchers did initially see an association between the use of dietary supplements and a lower risk of death due to all causes. However, those associations vanished when they accounted for other potentially confounding factors.
For example, study participants who reported taking dietary supplements generally had a higher level of education and income. They also tended to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. They ate more nutritious food, were less likely to smoke or drink alcohol, and exercised more. So, it appears that people who take dietary supplements are likely to live a longer and healthier life for reasons that are unrelated to their supplement use.”