Many people are looking for an edge when it comes to fitness and health. As a child, we remember our parents pushing a chewable multi-vitamin upon us and saying, “here’s your vitamin!” Mine were Flinstones. We of course took it and went on with our day. Kids still got sick despite taking the vitamins. So, why do we take it? Are kids who take vitamins getting less sick than those who take vitamins? Fair question. As adults, we follow a similar pattern as we set out to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The question about vitamins has long drawn criticisms and studies to attempt to prove their effectiveness. On top of regular vitamins, we also have herbal supplements these days. The sales of vitamins and supplements is a very big business.
Nature Made mineral supplements nets over $305 million a year. Nature Made’s one and two letter vitamin sales come in at $297 million. Airborne, the one-stop-shop to prevent illness, racks in over $118 a year. Emergen C, the powder multi-vitamin brand comes in at nearly $115 million a year. Clearly, the business is thriving as consumers have a built-in need to take vitamins. We believe vitamins are the way to go and that they will somehow impact our lives in a positive way. It’s what we’ve been told all our lives. It’s been drilled into our heads. However, as more and more studies come to light, it is becoming more evident that vitamins aren’t nearly as productive for our immune systems as we once thought.
These are 10 Facts That Suggest Vitamins Are Useless.
9 Hard V Soft
7 Folic Acid
6 Vitamin E
4 Vitamin D
3 Vitamin B6
1 Vitamin C
One of the most popular supplements to take is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is key in aiding our immune system and doctors in the past have always said to take high doses in order to battle colds and viruses. But now, new studies are arriving that contradict the old way of thinking. Adults taking synthetic versions of Vitamin C have serious side effects. People who took doses of 1000 mg or more a day suffered impaired vision and suffered energy drops that significantly hampered their endurance capacity. Synthetic vitamin C is also reported to have adverse effects on people’s antioxidant system. The gist: drink some juices and eat some fruit to get your vitamin C boost.
Sources: www.statista.com; www.msn.com; blog.fooducate.com
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