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Do vitamins work? Or are they just placebo?

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With the cluttered nutrition research landscape and conflicting headlines in the news, it can be hard to know what to believe and which advice to take. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/do-vitamins-work-study
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There are so many contradicting reports regarding vitamin intake but how do you weed out the real reports and the ones that are not? - Follow the money: funding, reprints, and conflicts of interest. Just like other businesses, pharmaceutical companies need to sell their product in order to make a profit and stay in business. For this reason, pharmaceutical companies have a keen interest in funding and promoting studies that indicate beneficial results for the drugs they produce or that seem to indirectly support their product by debunking"natural" therapies like vitamins. - Take a closer look at the study behind the story. When it comes to determining the legitimacy of a study's results, the study design can offer important insights. A well-conducted study, or analysis of multiple studies, will have clearly stated criteria for inclusion in the study, use uniform and proven dosages of the studied therapy, and have a standard of quality for tested compounds to reduce bias.
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Do you take vitamins regularly? What's your take on vitamins? Do they really help your health or no?
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Most people don't need to take vitamins since you are able to get all the vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet.
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Multivitamins may contain herbs, amino acids, and fatty acids in addition to vitamins and minerals. Label fraud is common, and the amount of nutrients can vary so there's no point in taking them.
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Several observational studies have found multivitamin users to have a lower risk of heart disease. However, several others have found no connection. Overall, the evidence is mixed.
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I take vitamins regularly. Antioxidant vitamins and minerals may help slow down the progression of diseases that cause blindness.
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I do take vitamins on a daily basis following that i have a very busy schedule and they help to keep me active and more rational with the choices i make. i really feel more at ease even after a long day of work
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The reason behind the variation it's because our bodies function differently.. so the demand has to vary with the functions and the actual healthy state of the person taking them
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Multivitamins are not a ticket to optimal health. Taking a multivitamin to"fix" a poor diet is a bad idea. Eating a balanced diet of real food is much more likely to ensure good health in the long term.
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Whenever possible, you should meet your nutrient needs with whole, single-ingredient, nutritious foods and don't rely on supplements.
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Pills are not a shortcut to better health and the prevention of chronic diseases. Other nutrition recommendations have much stronger evidence of benefits—eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and sugar you eat.
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Research shows that the two main reasons people take multivitamins are for overall health and wellness and to fill in nutrient gaps. Science still demonstrates that multivitamins work for those purposes, and that alone provides reason for people to take vitamins.
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We should stop wasting our money on vitamin and mineral supplements. Americans spend billions on vitamin and mineral supplements. A better investment in health would be eating more fruits and vegetables.
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With the exception of vitamins D and B12, we should strive to get our nutrients from produce, not pills.
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Clinical trials show that vitamin E, once promoted as heart healthy, actually increases your risk of heart failure and prostate cancer. Multivitamins do not prevent cancer and heart disease; St John’s wort will do nothing for your depression; Echinacea is no match for the common cold.
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