Vitamins are supposed to be good for us, or at least that’s what we’re told.
They’re supposed to improve our health and, depending on the vitamin, help protect us from diseases.
But now there’s some concern that too many vitamin supplements may increase the risk for cancer and heart disease.
The results of a new study out of the University of Colorado Cancer Center suggests too many over-the-counter supplements have a counter effect.
The conventional wisdom has been that *eating* more *fruits and vegetables* reduces cancer risk.
But when the University of Colorado researchers looked at people who had been taking vitamin supplements for ten years, they found that some people got *more cancer* during that time.
Specifically, they found that taking more than the recommended dosage of beta-carotene supplements raises the risk of getting both lung cancer and heart disease by 20 percent.
However, folks like those with the Council for Responsible Nutrition say supplements can help people who are don’t get enough vitamins.
And they point out that vitamins, alone, cannot prevent cancer.
The university researchers say multivitamins are good for us if we take the correct dosage. But they also say we can get our daily recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals from healthy meals.
In other words, no pill is gonna cure your ill because there’s no substitute for nutritional food, and that really is some food for thought.