What should you do when a disease takes over your body? The first thing most of the people will do is go to the nearest pharmacy get tons of supplements and artificial vitamins and expect a miracle.
Well, if you think that just 2 or 3 pills a day will solve your problems you are wrong. If it was so, nobody would concern themselves with healthy food and exercise; they would all leave the work to the pharmaceutical industry and benefit from it. However, we are all aware that the right way in life is the harder way in fact.
There isn’t a shortcut which will make all your wishes come true and replace all the benefits which raw food does for your body. It is the same as with all those slimming pills, as long as you do not change your diet no slimming pill will make you slim. The crucial point is that a pill will never replace the food you eat, and once you realize that, you will be more concerned about the quality of the food rather than the quantity of the vitamin supplements you take.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”- a quote by Hippocrates, the father of the medicine.
This quote from 431 B.C. is still true nowadays, because of most of the cases in which people have cured themselves by eating the right foods, rich in nutrients and vitamins.
Therefore a new study has been conducted and the purpose was to explore the relationship and the interchangeability of vitamins found in fresh organic food, with those in pharmaceutical supplements. And the results were the following: “Consuming too many multivitamin supplements increases the risk of cancer by 55%”– claims the study by the University Of Colorado Cancer Center.
In addition, for all those taking a multivitamin a day to get the perfect glowing skin or shiny hair, we must add that precaution is a must. Next time you think of getting an over-the-counter supplement, better replace it with a fruit, which will give you safer and significant benefits, according to the co-author of the study, Tim Byers, MD, MPH, explained at the American Association for Cancer Research’s Annual Meeting.
He emphasizes the harmful effects of excessive use of vitamin supplements by saying: “We are not sure why this is happening at the molecular level, but evidence shows that people who take more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer”.
He also adds: “We found that the supplements were actually not beneficial for their health. In fact, some people actually got more cancer while on the vitamins.”
The research included supplements such as beta-carotene, folic acid and vitamin E tablets, and states that usage of excessive dosage of supplements will increase the risk of lung cancer, heart attack and polyps in the colon by 20%. Therefore the key for optimal health is not to substitute good, nutritional food by anything else.
The researchers from the National Institute of Health say that the idea of taking a daily vitamin that will allegedly improve health or prevent disease is quite confusing and untrue: “There is now evidence that high dose of some supplements increase cancer risk. Despite this evidence, marketing claims by the supplement industry continue to imply anticancer benefits. Insufficient government regulation of the marketing of dietary supplement products may continue to result in unsound advice to consumers. Both the scientific community and government regulators need to provide clear guidance to the public about the use of dietary supplements to lower cancer risk.”
And, the last but not the least, to confirm the results of this study was the medical advisor Mathew Lederman, who says: “The average person shouldn’t just take a multivitamin thinking that it will enhance their health. There is no proof that multivitamins have any benefit for most people, and there is scientific proof that they may cause harm. For example, vitamin A, beta-carotene, folic acid, iron, selenium, and vitamin E are all healthy when you eat them in food, but they have been shown to be dangerous when consumed in supplements. Instead of listening to the marketing claims by the supplement industry, focus on eating whole plant foods to get the essential vitamins and nutrients you need.”
To conclude, we will add that you should better get your fruits and vegetables daily, and wisely choose if you add any additional supplement to your diet. Remember not to exceed.