Debunking The Myth Of Vitamin Supplements

We’ve been told to take vitamin supplements at an early age, but are they really good for you? The history behind them might surprise you…

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Multivitamin/mineral Supplements
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Mvms-HealthProfessional/
“Americans have been taking multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplements since the early 1940s, when the first such products became available. MVMs are still popular dietary supplements and, according to estimates, more than one-third of all Americans take these supplements.”

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/07/the-vitamin-myth-why-we-think-we-need-supplements/277947/
“Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what’s typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don’t contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.”

Getting your vitamins and minerals through diet
http://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/getting-your-vitamins-and-minerals-through-diet
“We all know that vitamin supplements are no substitute for a healthy diet, but nobody’s perfect when it comes to healthful eating. It can be particularly challenging to get the nutrients you need if you’re dieting or if you avoid animal or dairy products. So, many of us take a daily multivitamin as nutritional insurance. But research suggests that multivitamins may not be all they’re cracked up to be. ”
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Written By: Matt Morales

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