Are you one of the many people who take multivitamins every day? If so you may want to read on to see why multivitamins may be a part of your daily routine that you can skip.
There have been three new studies that were conducted recently that show that for a majority of the people who take the vitamins they have no benefit to their health at all and do not do anything to prevent diseases. More research is necessary for proof of their ineffectiveness, but supplements such as vitamin B, folic acid, and antioxidants may actually cause more harm than do good for you if you take them on a daily basis. Supplements such as vitamin A, beta carotene, and vitamin E can be very harmful to your system if you take large doses.
Vitamin D may be the exception to this for people who are vitamin D deficient, but more research is needed on this subject. The CDC still recommends that women who are pregnant take 400mg of folic acid every day to prevent birth defects.
The three studies that were conducted were:
– The effects that multivitamins had on preventing cancer or heart disease
– Cognitive functions in men when taking a multivitamin
– The heart benefits of taking a multivitamin every day, especially for those who have had heart attacks
In al three studies there were no benefits found from taking the supplements every day. However, some say that the people that were a part of the study were not accurate representatives of most Americans. Many Americans are vitamin deficient due to poor diet, so the multivitamin may have different effects for those people.