It seems that those little multi-vitamin pills we’ve been taking with our orange juice every morning may be doing more harm than good.
A respected American medical journal is telling us to stop taking vitamin supplements because they say that long term studies have shown that popping those cute little Flintsone chewables, or whatever you take , not only don’t do much good, but in some cases, they can actually be harmful.
They cite a study that showed that smokers who were taking vitamins had an increased risk of developing cancer and there are a number of studies of liver and kidney damage because of long time use… pretty scary stuff !
They say that the best way to get all the nutrients we need is not by using multi vitamins but by doing it the old fashioned way, eat properly and exercise more.
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised; the whole idea of vitamins was because we had become too busy in our lives to eat properly, so we could skip that nutritious breakfast and just pop a vitamin and everything would be OK.
Of course, the mult-billion dollar pill popping industry is throwing cold water on the study, but the doctors seem pretty adamant about their findings.
While the two sides get locked into this debate, I think I’ll play it safe…pass the carrot sticks please .