A whopping 40 to 50 percent of Americans use some form of a vitamin or dietary supplement on a daily basis. Seems like a good idea, doesn’t it?
Most people think that if they don’t eat fruits and vegetables, this is the answer. But they don’t realize that they are missing out on the fiber and other health benefits of them.
The United States Preventive Task Force reviewed 26 studies between 2005 and 2013, and found that there was insufficient evidence to link multivitamin usage to a decrease in heart disease or cancer.
If an individual consumes a normal Western diet with appropriate fruits, vegetables, fats, proteins and carbohydrates, there is no need for a multivitamin. In saying this, there are some groups of people, such as pregnant women, patients with Crohn’s, celiac disease and other malabsorption disorders, AIDS patients and other immune-compromised individuals, and those with osteopenia/osteoporosis and vitamin D deficiency, that benefit from vitamin supplements.
It is always important to discuss your personal needs with your healthcare provider before taking additional vitamins and supplements. Remember, “You are what you eat!”