Popping vitamin pills and taking supplements is often seen as an easy way to boost nutrition. It is certainly an extremely popular way to get all of your essential nutrients, and it is no surprise, modern diets are well known for lacking where it counts, and not everyone has the time to prepare fresh, wholesome, balanced meals – who wouldn’t take vitamin supplements in this case? Well, chances are you could be doing more harm than good.
Let’s get one thing straight, nothing beats the nutritional quality of getting you nutrients from fresh, whole, raw foods and juices. The often varied blend of essential vitamins and compounds all complement each other and are absorbed much easier by the body, ready to be put to good use; but not everyone has the time to include wholefoods in their diet, and raw, fresh juice can be hard to come by, or time consuming to make - so instead, people take supplements.
The thing is though, study after study is being published outlining how vitamin supplements don’t really do much, and in some cases, can even be dangerous. For example, research conducted at Warwick University, in conjunction with John Hopkins School of Medicine, concluded that vitamin supplements were all but useless. The studies in question monitored the effects of vitamin supplements on 500,000 participants and found no significant benefit to taking them, declaring the matter as “case closed” when it comes to getting your nutrients.
This is backed up by an Oxford University led study, which concluded that money would be better spent on fresh fruit and vegetable produce then on multi-vitamin supplements.
Failing to work is not the only worry when it comes to this kind of thing though. A consumer report was published in the USA investigating some of the unknown dangers of taking vitamin supplements. Dr. Jose Mosquera, a medical adviser for the report, outlined a danger comes from the belief that all supplements are natural, when many are far from it. One of the major safety risks outlined was that some reportedly vitamins can be laced with the same chemicals found in prescription drugs, which, understandably, can have adverse and unwanted side effects.
This is one of many points made by the report, others included risk of hospitalisation, irritation and unsafe ingredients, as well as often being miss sold by the companies they are bought from.
Basically, if you are worried about keeping up with your nutrition, you are far better off buying fresh fruit and vegetables. If you do not have the time for this, a convenient bottle of freshly pressed slow juice will work just as good. That way you know you are getting a balanced, safe and completely natural infusion!