There are one too many supplements on the market these days with more and more people using supplements with the belief that these would benefit their health. But are these bottled pills any good? These so-called nourishing supplements may not be as nutritional as they pose to be.
In fact, since supplements are not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, one can never be sure about their actual ingredient-list. Supplements may contain chemicals, additives or any potentially health-damaging components and one wouldn’t even know.
What’s more, supplements shouldn’t ever be taken without a prescription because if the body already is getting is the required amount of a nutrient, overdosing on it can prove to be harmful. Overconsumption of a particular vitamin can cause nausea, exhaustion and even organ failure.
Now a new research shows that vitamin supplements hold no additional health benefits for people who are already healthy. In fact, an overdosage of vitamin D supplement by people who don’t have vitamin D deficiency can cause cancer and even death.
What Did This Study Reveal?
New study which has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal has found that when already healthy people take vitamin supplements, they don’t do their health any good if no harm either. However, the case with vitamin D supplements was found to be different.
For the purpose of the study, researchers analyzed about 31,000 people who were above the age of 20. Researchers first looked at the health benefits provided by vitamin A, K, and zinc supplements. It was found that while these didn’t offer any additional health benefits, they didn’t have any adverse effects either.
Then when vitamin D supplements were given to people, it was found that consuming vitamin D supplements without a deficiency for this vitamin could cause an increased risk of cancer and death. The situation was similar with calcium supplements; excess calcium consumption was found to increase risk of cancer. But if this additional calcium’s source was food, then it didn’t hold any harm.
This research also concluded that education and lifestyle changes such as lowering alcohol intake, cutting down on smoking, etc. played a more significant role in improving health than taking supplements. When these lifestyle changes were made, the apparent benefits of taking supplements vanished. This stresses on the need to be more careful when considering the addition of a supplement to one’s diet.
Adding vitamin supplements to your diet without consulting a professional or despite already being healthy is not a good idea as it can lead to the overconsumption of a particular vitamin. Furthermore, since supplements are not checked by the FDA, they cannot be relied on.
Now a new research points out that healthy individuals cannot benefit in any way from the intake of vitamin supplements even though getting the same vitamins from foods naturally can help health more. This study also found that if one is not deficient in calcium or vitamin D and still takes their supplements, his risk of cancer and death is increased.