Megadoses of vitamins may be bad for your health, doctors say
They have no calories themselves, and with a few exceptions, they’re not manufactured inside your body. Some vitamins help in biochemical transformations, such as absorbing oxygen in the lungs. Others act as “antioxidants,” protecting tissues from disease-causing damage and premature aging. Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic elements your body needs to function. Minerals allow the body to build some structures and help trigger some bodily reactions.
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Continue reading In his new book, “Do You Believe in Magic?,” Dr. Paul Offit says that megadoses of certain vitamins can increase a person’s risk for heart disease and cancer. Offit describes these “megadoses” as vitamins that provide anywhere from 5 to 20 times more than the recommended daily intake of certain nutrients. “By challenging mother nature in taking these vitamins and concentrating them to these exceptionally large quantities that you would never normally eat, you’ve got to be careful,” Offit says. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the group that lobbies on behalf of the supplement industry, says that there’s plenty of research that highlight the benefits of multivitamins. However, in a statement, they told CNN that consumers should “always use caution” when considering large doses of any supplements. Offit has a simpler solution.
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