Vitamins: Too much of a not-so-good thing?


480699341_b5f0c43cbfHow do you know if you are taking the right amount of vitamins?  People all around the world use vitamins and supplements without the knowledge of excessive intake and the effects it can have on their bodies.  Dr. Paul Offit says, “Vitamins live under this notion that you can’t possibly hurt yourself,” he said. “But you can, by challenging Mother Nature and taking these vitamins and concentrating them to these exceptionally large quantities that you would never normally eat.”

Antioxidants combat free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation, according to the National Institutes of Health. Free radicals damage cell membranes and DNA.  Doctors recommend people to have a healthy  intake of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants to prevent this from happening and apparently decreasing the risk of conditions such as cancer and heart disease.

2012 Cochrane review of multiple randomized clinical trials showed an increase in risk of death may be linked to beta carotene and vitamin E, as well as higher doses of vitamin A.  Consumers should be aware of all of this information because their lives are being put in jeopardy.  The consumption of large doses of vitamins can be more unhealthy than healthy.

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