Vitamins: Too Much Of A Not-so-good Thing?

Dr. Paul Offit says everyone should be more skeptical about taking large doses of vitamins.

A 2012 Cochrane review of multiple randomized clinical trials showed an increase in risk of death may be linked to beta carotene and vitamin E, as well as higher doses of vitamin A. The likely explanation, Offit said, is that supplemental antioxidant vitamins, taken in large quantities, cause unnatural behavior in the body, counteracting oxidation too much and leaving the immune system weaker in its defenses against invaders. In response to Offit’s op-ed, the nonprofit Consumer Healthcare Products Association countered that there is research underscoring the benefits of multivitamins, and that these supplements are prominent in the health care regime of many consumers. “Consumers should always use caution when considering ‘megadoses’ of any supplements, carefully research these choices, and consult a healthcare professional with questions,” the CHPA said.
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Taking Vitamins Essential For Many

Park, who chairs the Primary Care Department attheTouroUniversity Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicinein Henderson. But a large-scale, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of more than 14,000 U.S.malephysicians 50 years orolder, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Associationin November 2012, suggeststhat taking a daily multivitamin may reduce the incidence of cancer in some men. For everyone else, he relates, it depends on a number of elements. “Should you be taking vitamins?”asksDr. Park. “The answer is ‘no’ unless, however, you are one of millions of Americans whofalls into certaingroups of people at riskfor vitamin deficiencies.” Thereare factorsthat put those who are older than 65, who drink alcohol or who are on a special diet at riskfor vitamin deficiencies, notes Dr.
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ABCD Eat your vitamins and minerals (Photos)

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For instance, all vitamin Bs, C and folic acid are water-soluble, so the body uses what it needs and discards the rest through urine. It is important to get these vitamins through diet. The remaining vitamins are fat-soluble and these are absorbed in the bodys fat and many minerals need both types to fully absorb. Just like vitamins, minerals also have two classes; trace and macro.
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