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A Healthy Person's Guide to Vitamins
Vitamins are essential for our body, vitamin provide our body with much necessary nutrients, vitamins are the basis of a healthy diet. We've all heard thins ever since we were in kindergarten. And yet, a recent high authority study seems to suggest that vitamins do nothing for our health. The shocking news needs to be taken with a grain of salt as vitamins are not exactly wondercures, in that they do not have a significant impact on our health status when we are taking large doses. It is rather when we are not getting enough vitamins that we start to feel the effects of their absence.
It is unlikely that scurvy presents a honest problem to anybody currently reading the article. A simple vitamin blood test can clearly identify if anybody is lacking certain vitamins although any healthy diet should have a proper balance of vitamins and minerals by default. But the whole vitamin debate does raise an interesting question. What vitamins are truly essential to our health and what vitamins can we benefit from supplementing?
The answer is tricky. An extended clinical trial throughout the 90s and 00s has disproven the fact that selenium and vitamin E have any health benefits in combatting prostate cancer. A similar study has concluded that neither vitamin C nor E has any effect on cardiovascular risk. With all these disappointments, perhaps it is time to jump ship on the whole vitamin supplement trend.       The truth is that although the health benefits of some vitamins are being contested the benefits of most are quite evident. One of the best supplements out there, for instance, especially when it comes to actual scientific proof for its health benefit claims is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is one of the few 'general purpose supplements' actually proven to have an overall benefic effect on the entire system. It promotes calcium uptake, helps balance your mood and might even have benefits for fighting cancer although the results are not yet in on that last one.
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins but its health benefits are constantly challenged. Of course nobody challenges the fact that it prevents your teeth from falling out due to scurvy and there is some anecdotal evidence supporting the long-maintained theory that it acts as a metabolism booster when fighting colds but its so-called antioxidant effects are debatable. The idea that antioxidants help prevent cellular wear by combatting so-called 'free radicals' is still unsupported by facts. The B vitamins are also somewhat contested, their effects mostly unsupported by facts or supported by anecdotal or contested science. The only B vitamin that has a clear application and is recommended by all doctors is vitamin B9 or folic acid which is important in preventing spinal-based birth defects in the fetus.
In the end, although most vitamins are not proven to have a significant impact on our health, a multivitamin complex pill a day can't hurt, in that tests have concluded that it has no identifiable negative effect. So go get some vitamin level testing and if levels are normal, indulge.
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