Skip to main content

What Taking a Vitamin Every Day Does to Your Body

The vitamin and supplement market is booming—but are any of these products worth the money? "Supplements can appear on the shelf without having to prove they offer any benefits," says JoAnn E. Manson, DrPH, MD. "With limited regulation and oversight, it's also difficult to know for certain that the supplement contains the ingredients on the label and is free of contaminants." Here is what taking certain vitamins every day does to your body. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


Is This Multivitamin Worth It?

Smiling woman taking a pill.

Not according to researchers at Johns Hopkins, who say multivitamins not only don't prevent serious health conditions, but vitamin E and beta-carotene can actually be dangerous when taken in large doses. "Pills are not a shortcut to better health and the prevention of chronic diseases," says Larry Appel, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. "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."


What About Vitamin D and Vitamin C For Immune Health?

young woman taking pill

While your immune system can't be "boosted," certain vitamins can help support it, providing you don't take too much. "If you are deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection. So I would not mind recommending, and I do it myself taking vitamin D supplements," says Dr. Anthony Fauci, adding that Vitamin C is "a good antioxidant." "So if people want to take a gram or two at the most [of] vitamin C, that would be fine."

RELATED: Doing This After Age 60 is "Unhealthy," Say Physicians


Step Away From the Weight Loss Pills

Woman holding packs of pills and measuring tape in hands.

Weight loss pills are the number one supplement landing people in emergency rooms every year, being involved in over 70 percent of cases. "In recent years, many tainted weight loss products have been sold in the U.S. Hidden ingredients have included stimulants, antidepressants, diuretics, seizure medicines, and laxatives," says clinical toxicologist Rose Ann Gould Soloway, RN, BSN, MSEd, DABAT emerita. "This list includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and drugs which are illegal to sell in the United States."

RELATED: COVID Symptoms Usually Appear Like This


Vitamins and a Healthy Lifestyle

older couple doing yoga in front of a laptop

If you want to take vitamins to supplement a healthy lifestyle, great—but be under no illusion vitamins can balance out an unhealthy lifestyle lacking in regular exercise and a nutritious diet. "Supplements are never a substitute for a balanced, healthful diet," says Dr. Manson. "And they can be a distraction from healthy lifestyle practices that confer much greater benefits."

RELATED: I'm a Virus Expert and if You Have This Symptom, Get Help


What About Folic Acid?

folic acid

If you're a woman of reproductive age or pregnant, do not skip the folic acid! "Folic acid prevents neural tube defects in babies when women take it before and during early pregnancy," says Dr. Appel. "That's why multivitamins are recommended for young women. I don't recommend other supplements. If you follow a healthy diet, you can get all of the vitamins and minerals you need from food."

The post What Taking a Vitamin Every Day Does to Your Body appeared first on Eat This Not That.

Eat This Not That

Popular posts from this blog

lose weight No-exercise No-diet – super fast weight loss drink

To day in this post i will share with you A MAGICAL SLIMMING DRINK TO BURN FAT FAST .This Natural Drink to help SUPER FAST WEIGHT LOSS & also help to NO-EXERCISE NO-DIET WEIGHT LOSS FAST.

When Should I Take Creatine?

Creatine is probably the most well-researched supplement on the market today. Numerous studies have found positive adaptations in strength, power and muscle mass thanks to creatine supplementation—especially when it's combined with resistance training. Although the benefits of creatine are well-known to lifters, the best time to take it isn't common knowledge. Which leads us to some important questions:     Does an optimal time for consuming creatine exist?     If it does, should you take it before or after your workout? According to a new study published in the Journal of Exercise and Nutrition, the timing of creatine ingestion does indeed play a role in getting bigger and stronger. Creatine supplementation before resistance training increases muscular strength and lean muscle mass. Interestingly, taking creatine immediately after lifting weights results in greater muscle growth than taking it immediately before. However, in terms of strength gains, no difference betw

Best Smoothie Habits for Weight Loss, According to Dietitians

When it comes to trying to lose weight , most of us are rather poor math students. We mess up the addition and subtraction all the time. We'll try to subtract calories by skipping meals only to become ravenous later on and undercalculate how much food we've eaten to satisfy that gnawing hunger . That's where smoothies can shine as effective weight-loss tools. Research has found that meal replacement shakes, such as protein and fruit/vegetable smoothies, can help people reduce overall daily calorie consumption if used regularly in place of calorie-dense meals and snacks. Getting into the smoothie habit works for weight loss if you follow the right approach. We asked dietitians for the best strategies for getting the most benefit from your smoothie habit . After you read through these tips, try out our recipes for the 25 Best-Ever Weight Loss Smoothies . 1 Make weight loss your 'why' Don't assume a new smoothie recipe is right for you simply because i