Is Your Multi-Vitamin Killing You?

What You Need to Know About That Multi-Vitamin In Your Medicine Cabinet

Take your vitamins - it's something your mom would say. And mom doesn't want to kill you, right? Well, there's something mom doesn't know. Those multi-vitamin bottles on the shelves don't always contain something that's good for your health. In fact, sometimes what's in them can hurt you.

Motivated By Money

If there's one thing multi-vitamins are good for, it's money - and a lot of it. Americans pay about seven-and-a-half billion dollars each year on vitamins. Unfortunately, many of those vitamins are doing more harm than good.

The Proof Ain't In The Pudding

A recent report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that not only don't certain anti-oxidant supplements help you stay healthy, they actually increase your risk of death by about 16 percent. Another recent study indicated that vitamins can also put you at an increased risk of lung cancer, prostate cancer and a bevy of other nasty health issues.

Toss the Bottles?

So should you toss the multi-vitamin bottles? That depends. Naturopaths are going to hate me for saying this, but you really do need to talk to a doctor before taking any dietary supplement, and that includes vitamins. Some dietary supplements do provide health benefits and your doctor knows your medical history and will also know which ones are right for you.

Eat Right

No matter how healthy or good a vitamin is, it's not going to be able to give you well-rounded nutritional balance. You need to eat right. Bottom line. No short cuts (which we tend to look for) and no magic pills. A healthy diet full of fruits, veggies and whole grains is a must. In most cases, if you eat right and drink the right juices, a vitamin isn't at all necessary.

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