Multivitamin Controversy
Last Edited: April 12th, 2012

It is difficult enough to choose a multivitamin given the numerous choices in the supplement aisle of your pharmacy. And to add even more confusion to this already tough decision, just this past week, research studies showed that taking a multivitamin may be harmful to your health.

Despite the recommendation by medical professionals for years, a study's findings just released this week, found that older women who take daily diet supplements of iron, copper, magnesium and other vitamins had a slightly higher risk of death than those women who don't take such supplements. Another study found that men had an elevated risk of prostate cancer when they took a daily vitamin that contained Vitamin E.

So what does all of this mean?

Researchers and medical professionals are still trying to figure out the best and safest supplement recommendations they should tell their patients. There is no question that certain individuals such as pregnant women and those with specific vitamin and mineral deficiencies should supplement their diet with multivitamins, but thanks to these two studies, for those who don't fall into these categories, the recommendations are far from clear-cut.

In fact, there hasn't been conclusive evidence that taking supplements do in fact make us healthier. Health, as many medical professionals and registered dieticians have been telling us for years, does not come in a bottle. Eating a healthy diet, one that is abundant in plant-based foods, whole grains and lean protein sources is likely to go a lot farther in helping us improve or maintain good health than taking any pill. And many of us who take a multivitamin, may be overdosing on some nutrients by misbelieving that if a little of something is good, more of it, must be better.

If you take a multivitamin or are considering taking one, speak with your medical provider first.

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