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After you start vitamins, how long does it take them to absorb into your blood and start working (i.e., 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month)
I just was told by my doctor (very well respected) that taking multi-vitamin supplement may actually increase your risk for cancer. This is what many of the studies are showing. True or false?
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These doctors need to stop lying about taking vitamins cuz they do help...cuz the hospitals & doctors make more money off of people going to the doctor and they prescribe these medications to people that don't really help cuz of the side effects causes more problems
I was shocked when I read the microscopicly lettered ingredients in my bottle of Centrum Silver. The vitamins which are promoted for good health contsin...hydogenated palm oil.... There has been so much information about hydrogenated oils and that they are not good for you. And here it is...in a daily vitamin!! Since most processed food have removed it from their products, here it is in vitamins ! Not many people read the tiny print , especially seniors whose eyesight may not be good. I know it couldnt be much in one vitamin, but it should not be there at all. Just thought I would comment on this becaue I woulkd lke more people to know about this. thank you, Catherine Chase Love your web site,,very helpful!
There are many differences between brands of vitamins, such as they way they are processed and grown. Yes, vitamins can be pricey and ineffective. It all depends on how your body processes vitamins and minerals. Everyone's body is different, same with their lifestyles. So to say that multivitamins/vitamins on their own are ineffective is very vague. I have been taking Nutrilite Double X for about 10 days now and am feeling great. I had a very poor immune system due to antibiotics and other illnesses.
I stopped taking multivitaments for 6 weeks now, but i feel not the same, tired and no appetied
Can some smart person like Matt --with whom I concur on the use of vitamins-- tell me -can a preschooler get a sore tongue and fungus-like conditions from eating tooo much fruit? This is a serious query. I await a response. Jody
Besides the fact that vitamin supplements are not regulated, then add the fact that synthetic vitamin supplements have NEVER been proven to be effective by anyone or too anyone(you'd think that if they were effective a lab could prove it in this day and age)I will bow out and use my common sense to just eat a well balanced diet(and use the money I save on all the pills for a nice vacation). I refuse to be "conditioned" by all the hype and marketing $$$ and refuse to follow the "sheep". Baaah!
This article doesn't really address the complexities surrounding this issue. There are many different vitamins on the market, all of which have varying percentages of the daily recommended values for various vitamins and minerals. Also, the issue of whether or not there is a significant difference between synthetic vitamins and vitamins derived from whole foods is not addressed. The studies mentioned in this article are not very relevant. The fact that smokers developed lung cancer at a slightly higher rate isn't really much of a relevant result for non smokers. Also, the fact that vitamins don't reduce the risk of cancer in one study doesn't really speak to other potential benefits, or risks. I'm going to look for an all natural multivitamin without excessive daily values and I may just take it every other day. I'll keep exercising and I'll try to eat a little bit healthier. Everything in moderation I guess.
A reliable way to gather hysterical nonsense is to consult public opinion on the subject of food.
Ohhhh, Nooo ! Alert the media ! "In some cases". "MAY not". Gasp ! Why isn't the TV news constantly warning us of this horrible threat to our health ? I'm 60, and I've been taking vitamin / mineral supplements, as what you call a safety net, since I was knee high. I admit,I can't run a marathon or lift 300 lbs over my head, but do I need to ? Modern physicians are 99 % pill-pushers for the drug manufacturers. Don't eat "convenience food", get some exercise, and take a few of those "safety nets". Thank you. Live long, and prosper.
I am not sure why this article suggests to talk to your doctor or dietitian about the benefits and risks of taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Why on earth would I talk to a doctor who has absolutely no education or training in NUTRITION. Doctors are like the general public when it comes to nutrition they watch doctor oz and listen to advertising on television and eat foods full of MSG, aspartame, and genetically modified organisms all lovingly approved by the FDA, the supposed watchdog and gatekeeper of healthy food and drugs. Doctors are not trained in nutrition they are trained to hand out pharmaceutical synthetic drugs. Most doctors think vitamins and minerals are quackery....Well, I've got news for you, it is biochemistry. The body is powered by vitamins and minerals at a cellular level...not by drugs...drugs simply mask symptoms and temporarily give the patient the illusion of health, an illusion that Houdini couldn't even have pulled off...deaths attributed to prescription drugs used as directed conservative estimates are 106,000 per year. Vitamins and minerals don't even average 1 provable death...call the poison control center and get the numbers! This article is a sham. Talk to a biochemist if you want to know how your body works, not a doctor or dietitian. It has been proven that most of the symptoms mainstream medicine categorizes as disease is actually nutritional deficiencies or toxicity. You can't cure a nutritional deficiency with drugs.
How long does the break between vitamin taking have to be? how many times I have to take vitamins in a year?
I'm not sure the purpose of the article as it pertains to the description of Multi-Vitamins effectiveness on preventing disease. There has never been any statement by anyone, anywhere, at any time that taking vitamins can reduce the risk of lung cancer for smokers. It's absolutely absurd to plant the seed of doubt amongst a population that clearly cannot decide for itself how to eat properly (over 30% of Americans are overweight or obese), and tell them it might not be in their best interest to take a multivitamin. Sure, taking copious amounts of fat soluble vitamins and heavy metals are NOT ok, but vitamin C? There's this funny little blurb on the bottom of every vitamin bottle in the US that tells you its not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, the F.D.A. forces them to put it on the bottle. So, to sum up the article, if I smoke, taking a multivitamin won't prevent lung cancer, got it, thanks. Think I'll keep taking my GNC multivitamin, while you check the validity of writing such an article, check back with you in 50 years when there is actual RESEARCH!
Mary: Caffeine is not considered a vitamin, nor a mineral - nor is it considered an essential nutrient. So it doesn't necessarily enhance nutritional status. Caffeine is a stimulant, and evidence of its benefits/risks are conflicting. It is accepted that it increases alertness and may enhance athletic performance (depending on the sport). But in some people and in high enough doses it may have adverse effects (headache, anxiety, sleeplessness) and trigger heart beat irregularities. If you drink caffeinated beverages and take a supplement with caffeine, you may be getting more caffeine than your realize. Thanks for your question.
Is caffeine good in a multivitamin? I was taking a multivitamin by Eniva called VIBE Cardiac & Life, it contains 2.5 cups of caffeine out of 32 oz. please respond.
Everyone should do a little research on the lack of vitamins and minerals in our food. Farming practices (certain fertilizers inhibit a plant's ability to absorb minerals from the ground), shipping (most fruits and vegetables ripen when they are not attached to the ground), processing, and packaging all contribute to a great decrease in the amount of vitamins and minerals that actually make it into our bodies. When you add to this that the standard American diet is FAR from being "well balanced", (remember, they call it "standard" because that is the way most of us eat), most of us need to get more vitamins and minerals. I have recently started taking a vitamin and mineral supplement and I feel better and have more energy. I will never stop.
Need your help. Read your comments on multi-vitamins. Was helpful, but much more helpful if you recommended a handful that met your requirements.
There are so many products out there, that some real guidance would have been more meaningful
I came across this Mayo article in the middle of reading the vitamin and supplements chapter in "Denialism." All right, I looked for it because of what I read. The problem is largely anecdotal "evidence" against facts. Unfortuantely Mayo gives us few of the latter. Do read "Denialism" if you care what you put in your body, and for good measure "White Coat, Black Hat" and "Our Daily Meds" for the same reason. I'm 76, a survivor of prostate and bladder cancers and down to just a multivitamin with full support of my docs. Next annual appointment I'll ask about dumping the vitamins and enjoying my healthy diet even more. Eat well, join the Y.
This article makes no sense. I'm going to recommend everyone stick with the standard thing: eat a healthy, balanced diet, and get your vitamins that way. Taking a basic vitamin/general supplement can help supplement anything extra you're missing, but don't use it to try and fix a bad diet.
all this is very confusing for someone who wants to know whether taking food supplements is beneficial or not.
I guess that in the contemporary health care no advice is unanimously agreed upon... and people's comments make it even more confusing!
I know some people who sell Amway and they take a large amount of supplements (at least 20 different ones) they also propose an energy drink from that business that is loaded with B vitamins they say is needed by an elderly alzheimers relative. the energy drink is also caffeinated and they say the alzheimers patient should drink 4 per day. It doesn't make sense to me and also I think they are trying to make money off this alzheimers patient. They also have him taking ginko, Q10, Omega, Perfect Water, and a multi vitamin. Do you think this 80 year old alzheimers patient needs this, or do you think someone is selling Amway to just make money?
There is a great deal of information out there, it would be nice if we followed a more 'European' model and applauded the help these things (vitamins and herbal supplements) offer many people. Perhaps creating some jobs regulating purity and consistent dosage in the industry, but letting people decide what to put in their own bodies.Check out Pub Med, medlineplus, and other reputable websites, many libraries have well documented books of drug interactions and herbal preparations and vitamin information.. they can also help direct you to a reputable source for such information. Medical educational institutions need to embrace the helpfulness of these items and respect the differences of each persons body. Partner to help find out what works, don't condemn. There is data out there on how many persons use these things (and swear by them) yet don't tell their doctors due a perceived disrespect for their choices.....better we should all be dedicated to what works (get a good medical librarian, demand courses at medical schools, make sure you seem open minded to your patients and demand that testing on vitamins and herbal preparations be conducted). I think the 'horse is already out of the barn'.
What the body does not need can be eliminated. Trust in the wisdom of the body - flesh is not dumb. And results have proven that treatment of desease with so-called mega vitamin therapy is an excellent modality. Now the question is: When is the Mayo Clinic coming on board an Orthomolecular Chair?
I am a 68 yo female. Eat a healthy diet, exercise and maintain a normal weight. Never smoked, seldom drink. Taken a multi-vitamin daily since a young child. After reading your e-mail I discontinued my multiple vitamin and I have had more energy, slept better and feel wonderful. Also, there has been a royal blue ring in my toilet for months. After discontinuing the multiple vitamin, it has disappeared--pretty expensive urine I think!
I was taking extra vitamin C along with juices that had up to 130% of the daily recommended dosage and my iron levels became worringly high.
You people, and the medical community in general, are ready to sound alarms, suggest dire possibilities but unwilling (unable) to offer useful directions. How about some firm suggestions supported by data. Surely there have been studies on the efficacy of multivitamins and other supplements. Yes?
I've been taking a multivitamin, 500 mg vitamin "C", "B" complex vitamins; and calcium with "D" for years. I was told vitamins "A" and "D" are stored in your body so be careful not to take more than your body needs daily. "B" vitamins are water soluble and are eliminated by your body daily. Vitamin "C" is also water soluble. Read your labels carefully. Produce that is shipped: how many vitamins are left after sitting on trucks and in a wharehouse for days? By the time it gets to a supermarket the vitamins are gone. The trick is to buy from your local farm when available. During the winter months I buy frozen vegetables and feel they are better than so called "fresh."
I find My HMO Drs never agree that my Conditions (Side effects) caused by for Example 40mg Omeprazole Caused Rapid Heart Beat after about being on them for 2 months had to be admitted to ER and ICU to bring pulse back to Normal.Later I read the Lit given to me when I got the Med and there it was--Rapid Heart Beat as psbl Side Effect I called my Dr and he did not agree w/me that that was the Cause.About 3 weeks ago started getting severe Stomach Cramps and Vomitting - called Dr said if continues got to Urgent care and take Maalox never mentioned it could be the Omeprazole.I called Pharmacist my Symptoms listed as #1 complaint called my Gastro DR (I have Ulcers)he also did not agree it was the Omeprazole.Im about to give up on asking Drs - best to call your Pharmacist and t/w your Cab Driver.
My Cab Driver told me he has been drinking Aloe Vera Juice for Ulcers and Digestive health for years and no more Stomach Distress.
Went to Wall Mart bought a Gallon of Pure Aloe Vera - no sugar cut down to only 1 cap of Omeprazole and started w/4 oz of the juice in the morning or sip throughout the day as I do not like the taste but guess what it works I feel much better watch what I eat but found I can eat a Hamburger and or a spicy Burritto and no problem - have to be careful though and dont stuff myself.(Been on Aloe Vera Juice about 1 week now) Also found out some Mexican Super Mkts have the Aloe Vera Gel Or plant and you can peel it and Dice and eat like A Salad.
Alarm! Alarm! But no facts or information of substance.
In my 20's I was a skinny malnourished woman working full time but always tired and irritable. Late 20's started taking multiple vitamins/minerals, gained to normal weight and felt 100% better. Enabled me to continue working to age 65. I'm now 74 and still living independently, driving, shopping, etc. and feel and look great! I highly recommend taking the recommended doses of vitamins for all ages. (Your body will eliminate anything you ingest not needed.)
I currently take a daily multivitamin, 3 Niacin caps and nine (9) 1000mg Fish oil caps daily as prescribed by my Cardiologist! My previously elevated LDL cholestorel levels have dropped like a rock and are now normal. My HDL levels have risen to normal. After diagnosis of Stage 3 Folicular Lymphoma in 2003 and taking 8 rounds of Chemo (Retuxan Chop), having a heart attack in 2006 and undergoing Angioplasty and Stent implantation I can say without a doubt that taking supplements along with modifying my diet and walking has improved my health 100% and at 47 y/o I have never felt better in my life. My suggestion is to talk to your Primary Care Physician before starting any aggressive vitamin regimen but don't count out taking supplements as part of your daily overall health improvement plan. Do everything in moderation including vitamins, diet and exercise. Moderation and consistency are the keys to success in keeping healthy and staying out of the hospital. And most importantly staying alive for those we love!
Ooo, you hit a hot button there. With all the meds that are pushed at us in this country with little or no advice for life style changes, you're telling us to beware of supplements?!!!
Well,i think multivitamins are helpful they have been here since long.We need to have some kind of moderation as my mother says excess of evrything is bad.
I've worked in medical research settings for many years and I haven't met any physicians who know much about nutrition--or are at all interested. As for "well-balanced diets", this thread-bare phrase should be put to rest. Supplements: There is so much advertising hype, and the scent of money attracts some professionals who probably know better. I take supplements and use some alternative medical treatments, but I read as much as I can about what I am doing. Good luck! You'll need it.
Beta carotene are bad for smokers? My boyfriend smokes a ton and likes making carrot juice. This is bad?
You lost me when your fist argument stated that lack of regulation means we should all be wary of supplements. I am much more wary of the pharmaceuticals that the FDA DOES regulate, which cause more mortality and adverse side effects than any vitamin. What's so outrageous is that this type of rhetoric/scare tactic still persists in the medical community, even though many comments have pointed out the obvious flaw in this rhetoric.
Possibly the vitamins and supplements do not do all that we hope for. But what about prescription drugs
which are ?regulated? and the list of warnings given on
those regulated drugs? Frankly, I will continue to use
my vitamins and supplements and avoid the prescription
It seems to me that the 'attacks' against using supplements are based on two main points: 1. That the quality/predictability of the vitamin or mineral may very from manufacturer to manufacturer. To which I say: a. I guess if you buy your vitamins at a 5 & 10 cent store, expect to buy cheap products. Good companies would tend to be more predictable and dependable. b. The foods we buy at the stores would and do suffer from the same lack of dependability, as to freshness, vitality, etc. Which speaks to the sense of trying supplementation. 2. Balanced diet is the answer. What planet is this recommendation for? With greens coming from Mexico and fruits from Argentina and U. S. products heavy with unknown additives -- I mean let's get real. 3. Oh - one other 'attack' is the fear of what nutrients can do when encountering situations in our bodies... e.g. pregnancy, other drug interactions, etc. This is fear-based rhetoric. If taken seriously - -who checks what an Ibuprofen does when entering a body of a pregnant woman also taking pre-natal supplements and high blood pressure Rx? So much rhetoric -- so little real world... Reasonable supplements are health insurance premiums against the risk of life as we know it.
To FRANK H.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE YOU BOUGHT YOUR SUPPLEMENT in Europe. Anything that dissolves in water will be absorbed so much better than tablets. Please ***FRANK H. ***IF YOU ARE HERE, PLEASE HELP ME FIND SOME GOOD SUPPLEMENTS. Or if anyone else can help me out, I thank you in advance.
I'm 80 yrs old - I do all my own housework, laundray, shopping and still drive. I never get colds or have I ever had a flu shot! I take a mulltiple vitamin, extra D3 and B6 plus Omega 3. Heck! I'm gonna die anyway!
I have been taking a multivitamin that I purchased from Europe. The multivitamin contains the 12 essential vitamins our body needs at 100% of each of their values. I can honestly tell you that I have never felt better since taking this tablet. It desolves in water and tastes great. Why doesn't this product exist in this county? We don't get enough vitamins our body needs in the processed foods found in the States. My energy and mind are clearer and last the day long. I'm not tired, sore or achy.
My husband was told by a surgeon that I should loose weight. That I'm at 25% mortality rate right now. What does he mean by this. I am extremely obesed. My bmi is 87.5
The study in Nutrition Journal ( http://www.nutritionj.com/content/6/1/30 ) noted by Toni merely says that people who take vitamins have more vitamins in their bloodstream. If you read the article, you'll see that the so-called "biomarkers" they found in supplement users' blood are the vitamins themselves. The article says nothing about "better health" of supplement users, except certain cases of self-assessed health that were not statistically significant.
The article comes to no clear or strong conclusion about anything, really.
This doesn't mean that supplements are useless, but rather that the long-term data show unclear results.
Since we have a hand-free axes to by any kind of nutrition supplements in a market, chances are that we can harm our self much easier than helping our self. In the old countries, where these opportunities do not exist, people eat less but natural food and live longer, happier and active life. In modernized countries, we look for supplements to move us from couch. If is for me ,brothers and sisters; boil and don't broil- even the oil(don't fry). Never fill your stomack in full. Vitamins in morning- minerals in evening and high protein- the last after meal, followed by cold water drink. No starch, no sugar- if you want to live longer. Today stay away from the food which bothered you yesterday. If your tongue is white in morning - you ate bad food in evening. TO BEFIT DOCTORS AND NUTRITION CORPORATES -JUST IGNORE MY COMMENTS. TO BENEFIT YOUR SELF, LIVE THOSE SULFATES IN THEIR SHELFS. Se you in a great health!
I don't believe in a so called healthy
list goes on,but all add to getting little
or no benefits from any vitamin content
contained in food,better a multivitamin
if in doubt ask at any reputable health
shop,most medical professionals frown
upon supplements,saying that a balanced
diet is better for you,it,s too difficult
in this day and age to get this,most
people opt for quick meals,fast foods,
which have little or no vitamins in them
you could never assess exactly what you
get from food properly in any case.
I have an excess of iron and calcium detected from blood tests - what causes this and how is it treated?
I BELIEVED THAT SOME MULTIVITAMINS ARE VERY EFFECTIVE,BASSED ON YOUR RESEACH, CAN YOU OUTLINE THOSE MULTIVITAMINE THAT ARE EFFECTIVE TO HUMAN HEALTH?.
Check out the Landmark Study in Nutrition Journal, an online, peer-reviewed international human nutrition journal.
The study, entitled Usage Patterns, Health, and Nutritional Status of Long-Term Multiple Dietary Supplement Users, is the first-ever study on long-term users of multiple dietary supplements, and found these users comparatively to have markedly better health as measured by higher blood levels of key nutrients and more optimal levels of key health biomarkers. This simply confirms that long-term consumers of specific whole food supplements have better health than the two comparison groups—those who used just a multivitamin and those who use no supplements at all.
Publication of the Landmark study in Nutrition Journal ensures free and universal access to the manuscript thus enabling immediate communication of these important Landmark study research findings to and from virtually any place in the world. The study will also be indexed in PubMed Central, a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature published by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ensuring broad based availability of the study manuscript.
This publication offers incredible support and enhancement to scientific credibility.
If anyone would like a copy, I would be happy to send one. To the best of health, Antoinette
I don't know why anyone feels the need to cite the beta carotene study regarding smokers.If a person smokes they shouldn't expect any results from supplements because they shouldn't be smoking and talking about health in the same sentence. Nothing good comes from smoking and the havoc it causes to every system of the body. Beta carotene is not bad but in a smokers body it might be- but that's because they smoke!!
Most americans are fat, stressed out and unhealthy and could certainly use a multivitamin not to mention a few other supplements.
Seriously, who wants to take another pill or more? Natural forms of vitamins in minerals found in food work much better with one another than taking isolated forms of vitamins and minerals. For good health we all should be eating balanced meals most of the time. That way we do get the right amount of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. Of course there are specific cases when people who are truly deficient of a certain vitamin and/or mineral with need to use supplements.
"'You're obviously being paid by the "sickness industry" and not the "wellness industry." -End of Comment'"
Wow, Tim. You seem to be a rather unscientific thinker. I for one am glad that people with real expertise on nutrition (dieticians) are willing to put out unbiased, scientifically valid advice like this for us.
As for not promoting "wellness," do you not think that citing the evidence that supports the potential harm of supplements is done in the name of promoting wellness?
The careful methods of science have done more for human wellness than anything else I can think of.
I take Vibe, a liquid supplement, for vitamins and antioxidants, and Efacor for Omega3s every day, and I am sure they do improve my overall health.
I am a 48 year old healthy, normal-weight woman. My doctor recommends taking a multivitamin plus calcium supplements. I find taking these pills leaves a lump in my stomach all day. I do not take vitamins on an empty stomach, but they still bother me. Any suggestions? Can I crush the tablets up before taking them? Can I just drink milk instead of taking the calcium tablets? How much milk do I need?
You're obviously being paid by the "sickness industry" and not the "wellness industry."
-End of Comment
Perhaps in the medical world the training for supplements is vastly underestimated and therefore you have no formal training in actual supplementation. I happen to know this for a fact because of my association with medical professionals, although I am not one myself. You would also be surprised to know that there is research from Harvard saying every adult needs to be taking at least a multivitamin. You are correct in saying that what vitamins claim to have in them is not "strictly regulated."
London is beyond the 51st parallel and nobody who eats a reasonable diet here i short of Vitamin D. I'm disappointed that the Mayo Clinic, of all places, isn't a bit more forthright in pointing out how much money is wasted on unnecessary supplements.
I don't know if vitamins work or not. But I can say that I have taken a mulitvitamine for many years, and am very rairly sick.
You failed to mention Vit. D and the lack thereof especially north of the 40th parallel may be inadequate d/t lack of sun exposure several months of the year, using sun screen, and potentially underestimated RDA.
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