Are Vitamins a Waste of Money?

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The Annals of Internal Medicine issue on December 17th that addresses “the role of vitamin and mineral supplements for preventing the occurrence or progression of chronic diseases.” The co-authors say that based on the most current research: “Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.”

Really? Based on these articles, to make a broad base statement to the American public to avoid supplementation is ridiculous!

I have a few issues with this study:

First, the supplements used in the study are manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry and are of very poor quality. It is no wonder the results showed minimal health benefits.

Next, the editorial does not mention the health of the individuals studied nor was it a double blind study.

I think you have to be living under a rock not to know that the majority of Americans have poor diets. Supplementation is imperative!

In my opinion, everyone should consider seeking professional nutritional advice. Just going out and purchasing what you think you might need is not a good solution to your health issue either. When in doubt always cook whole foods, drink water and exercise.

To those co-authors of this editorial, I find your conclusion on supplementation very reckless. 


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