Did you know that vitamins in form of supplements could have little or no impact to the body? While a vitamin deficiency, not ingesting enough of a vital nutrient, absolutely leads to illness and chronic conditions, different studies have shown that we don’t need vitamin supplements to be healthy. In fact, researchers continue to report that artificial vitamin supplements do not prevent disease, and in large doses, may actually do more harm than good. Read on to find out more on the untold truths about vitamins.
1. You Already Have Enough
If you are eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins, you are most likely already getting the recommended amount of daily vitamins that your body needs. Most vitamin supplements contain 100 percent of the recommended daily amount, so if you’re already consuming any fruit throughout the day, you are getting way more than the National Institutes of Health recommends.
2. Vitamin C Does Not Treat the Common Cold
While we’ve all heard that vitamin C helps to treat the common cold, you’d be shocked to know that 15 scientific studies have concluded that vitamin C does not treat the common cold. What vitamin C does do, though, is help prevent such illness as the common cold, by boosting the immune system.
3. Supplements Don’t Contain Calcium
We need calcium for bone health, so why not take a calcium supplement? Calcium supplements have not been proven to improve bone density. In fact, a recent study found that participants taking a daily calcium supplement were more likely to suffer a hip fracture. To hit the recommended dose of daily calcium, go for nonfat dairy, tofu, or leafy greens.
4. Vitamin A Can’t be Found in Supplements
Carrots and other orange fruits and vegetables contain vitamin A, which is needed for healthy eyes and immune system. If you’re not a fan of carrots, maybe you figure it’s fine to just pop a vitamin A supplement, but it won’t give you the same benefits. Taking vitamin A supplements with beta-carotene has actually been proven to increase the risk of lung cancer in study participants. Opt for natural sources of vitamin A, like carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale.
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