You may want to think twice before heading down the vitamin aisle. A new study shows they may not be doing what they are promised. University of Nebraska Medical Center Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine Dr. Rae Witt says the old wives tale is true. You really are what you eat.
Dr. Witt says, “The typical American gets pretty much all the vitamins and minerals they need through diet alone. We have a lot of fortified foods and if you eat a fairly well-rounded diet the trace minerals, multi-vitamins don’t add a whole lot too that. Multi-vitamins, there are such trace amounts of each individual component in the vitamin, there isn’t that much stuff in there.”
However, Dr. Witt says if lab tests show that an individual is in need of vitamin D, if they can absorb that through a supplement it should help with certain things like mood and energy. This study basically says that vitamin D and others don’t prolong life span, mortality and positively impact cardiovascular health. These supplements didn’t have the effects this study was looking for.
Dr. Witt says, “There is some benefit that shows that sometimes people do a bit better taking the supplement but is it worth the cost of the vitamin and is it safe.” Vitamins and mineral supplements are a billion dollar business and are not regulated by the FDA.