I Gave Up Vitamin And Mineral Supplements Long Ago: Here’s Why…

I used to take vitamin and mineral supplements in my twenties. This was way before I knew about the weight loss, health and longevity benefits of eating plant based whole food.

‘There was a lot of misleading information in the 1970’s about the health benefits of taking vitamin and mineral supplements’ ~ your author

Personally, for me, I think they were worthless causing more harm than good. For example, the vitamin B capsules made me feel nauseous. Furthermore, over the years I heard of people being poisoned by various vitamin and mineral pills like taking too much vitamin A.

‘It is usually better to get the nutrients you need from food, rather than a pill. That’s because nutrient-dense foods contain other things that are good for you, like fiber [1 nia.nih.gov/health/vitamins-and-minerals]’.

Good advice in the above citation. But, here’s something I read that’s very interesting. It says to me that our government cannot protect us from everything. So, remember the words ‘buyer beware’ when it comes to you taking any supplement pill!

‘The Federal Government does not regularly test what is in dietary supplements, and companies are not required to share information on the safety of a dietary supplement with the FDA before they sell it. The companies are responsible for making sure the supplement is safe, but the FDA does not evaluate the safety of the product before the supplement is sold. So, just because you see a dietary supplement on a store shelf does not mean it is safe, that it does what the label says it will, or that it contains what the label says it contains.

If the FDA receives reports of possible problems with a supplement, it will issue warnings about products that are clearly unsafe. The FDA may also take these supplements off the market [2 nia.nih.gov/health/dietary-supplements]’.

Therefore, don’t take chances. Don’t be a victim. Play it safe. Save your money. I’ve never heard of anyone harmed by eating organic plant based whole food!

Unless your doctor prescribes a certain supplement, I would proceed with caution. I only take a vitamin B12 a couple times a week because I’m a vegetarian. That’s it.

Source- 1 URL nia.nih.gov/health/vitamins-and-minerals
Website Title National Institute on Aging
Access Day 27
Access Month september
Access Year 2019
Article Title Vitamins and Minerals

2 URL nia.nih.gov/health/dietary-supplements
Website Title National Institute on Aging
Access Day 27
Access Month september
Access Year 2019
Article Title Dietary Supplements

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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