Are Vitamins Worth The Time Taking?

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Are vitamins worth the time taking? Today about half of all adults use some form of dietary supplement at a cost of $23 billion a year. Ever since Linus Pauling a Nobel Prize winner first promoted “megadoses” an essential nutrients 40 years ago, Americans have been committed to their

take daily vitamins. But Studies have shown that vitamins don’t make an impact in our health or help prevent chronic disease or prolong life. “I’m puzzled why the public in general ignores the results of well-done trials,” said Dr. Eric Klein, national study coordinator for the prostate cancer trial and chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute. “The public’s belief in the benefits of vitamins and nutrients is not supported
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“Even women who had poor diets didn’t get any benefit from the multivitamins” says study author Marian Neuhouser, PhD, in the cancer prevention program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research center, in Seattle. Vitamins do consist of multivitamins, supplements and mineral but they do not have all the components for good diet. Humans need 42 nutrients each day. Vitamins only cover a fraction of these nutrients and isn’t a quick fix for people who have poor diets. Posted in The New York Times February 17, 2009 the author Tara wrote, “Last year, a study that tracked almost 15,000 male physicians for a decade reported no differences in cancer or heart disease rates among those using vitamins E” (Pope, 2009).
Vitamins came into vogue in the early 1900s, when it was difficult for people to get the right vitamins and mineral from fresh fruit and vegetables. Back in the day people didn’t know about vitamin deficiency diseases: the bowed leg and deformed ribs of rickets caused by short intake of vitamin D. Or skin problems and mental confusion of pellagra caused by the short intake of the B vitamin niacin. Some multivitamins may have two dozen ingredients but do not have additional useful compounds like plants. If people only take multivitamins they’re missing lots of compounds that may provide usefulness.
Drugstores are full of vitamin C-based remedies. In 2007, researchers observed studies decades back involving
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