Archive for December 2013

Are multivitamins bad for you?

Hand Holding Drug CocktailHere we go again, the media distorting issues, this time broadcasting how multivitamins are a waste of money or even bad for you. There are multiple issues with headlines that hit the news yesterday. I have listed the key points below:

1 – there are multiple synthetic, poor quality supplements in the market that have no health benefits, but equally there are those that have gone through rigorous testing with choice of natural ingredients for improved bioavailability, remembering that the bioavailability also depends on the gut health and other circumstances of the individual.

2 – Looking at the studies in more detail, they expect the multivitamins to prevent cognitive decline, cancer, cardiovascular events, and death. Well, wouldn’t that be the magic pill. There are no such single pharmaceutical that would prevent such serious diseases and it is unreasonable to expect a multivitamin that is designed to help to balance selected vitamin and mineral levels to have such powers over a vast variety of other simultaneous health, dietary and lifestyle influences.

3 – All the studies supporting these headlines were funded by pharmaceutical companies that have long campaigned against the nutritional supplement industry. Enough said.

What can you do?
- Eat a varied, healthy diet with good, clean, organic/free range ingredients. Food always comes first, as does the active lifestyle!
- Don’t waste your money on cheap, synthetic supplements! Talk to your nutritionist to find out if supplements are right for you and if so, they will advice on the right choices.