By Emily Murray
Most of us have been told how important it is to take our vitamins. This typically begins early on as children and we continue the tradition for generations to come. Have you ever wondered if these pills are worth the expense and effort to take each day? According to a new study, vitamins may not keep us that much healthier.
According to a TIME article on the subject, Americans spend a total of $12 billion each year buying vitamins and supplements.
Recently members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that there is not enough evidence to decide one way or another if these supplements are really able to make a difference on overall health. Heart disease and cancer risk were the main conditions in question since many vitamin and mineral companies claim their supplements can lower the risk of these.
Twenty-six studies were reviewed in depth regarding mineral and supplement use and their ability to lower the risk of certain cancers and diseases. With inconclusive results such as these, is the expense worthwhile? Perhaps this information will change the minds of some Americans, but it stands to reason that if vitamins and minerals do not cause damage and may actually help, it may be wise to continue taking them.
Of course, some of the best preventive health care practices should be used as well. These include eating healthy food, exercising and getting enough vitamins and minerals naturally from foods.
What do you think? Will you continue to take vitamins and supplements even though there is no conclusive evidence that they are effective?