Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Can taking a daily vitamin be bad for your health?

Yes, they can be bad for your health! According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, vitamins in high doses can affect your health. I am shocked to hear the news. My entire life, I have been taking vitamins and vitamin supplements. It wasn’t until recently that I sat with a nutritionist friend of mine to discover what foods I should be eating more of and foods I should avoid. I thought a vitamin would also help correct my poor eating habits. Didn’t drink enough milk? Take some calcium.

In the article, ‘Are too many vitamins bad for your health?’ it stated, “The information that large doses of some vitamins can be harmful is not new. When taken in excess, the fat-soluble vitamins -- vitamins A, D, E and K -- are stored in body fat tissues. This can lead to toxic buildup in the liver, brain and heart.”

This was news to me!

I have always been a dancer. Only recently, though, have I become a “foodie,” “an aspiring cook,” -- you get my drift… Before my revelation that food was an art unto its self, I would pay little attention to my food choices. Carbs and chocolate would call to me in the night. I tried ‘balancing’ it all by taking a daily vitamin. In fact, I took those suckers like candy. I had read that taking certain vitamins could help with fatigue, headaches and yes the dreaded PMS. I even frequently suggested ‘resting, drinking more water and taking a daily vitamin,’ to friends who were suffering various ailments.

After visiting my nutritionist, I corrected some of my poorer eating habits – chocolate is always a welcome treat. She introduced me to the site, ‘Fitnesspal.com.’ For the past 3 months, I have been actively tracking my foods and working out. But even during the past three months, I took vitamins as part of my daily routine.

So how should we get all the vitamins we need?

The doctor on the show told the viewers that ‘Nothing can replace a diet of vegetables and fruits and the wrong dosage of a vitamin can actually be damaging to your health.’ The only vitamin that he recommended we all need to take more of is vitamin D. Why you may ask? Since we are all taking better care of our skin and wearing sunscreen daily our bodies are not getting enough sun, which naturally soaks in vitamin D.

There’s plenty of great information around on healthy eating. I recommend this one; it covers the 29 healthiest foods on our planet. What are your thoughts on vitamins being “bad” for you? Are you as shocked as I am? What other sites, references would you recommend?

12 comments:

Dollface said...

oy! so I take viactiv multi vitamin everyday, is this bad?? xxoo

Children of the Nineties said...

Interesting. My friend started on this intense vitamin regimen called Juice Plus and they make you incredibly sick at first. To me, that seemed like sort of a bad sign.

lisa said...

One multi-vitamin for me a day and that's all. I know people who take tons of supplements all in the name of healthy living.

Laura said...

Dollface; I hear you sweetie. I also take a mult vitamin and was shocked by these reports.

Children of the Nineties: That sounds horrible. I guess too much of a good thing.

Laura said...

lisa: Hold on as I go eat another salad!

Bella said...

That's craaazy when something so good for you ends up so bad!

the ungourmet said...

Thanks for the great info! I take a multi vitamin but I take a lower dose than what is recommended.

Miss Anne said...

Great info... i saw something about this on GMA this morning...

great to know...

p.s. Vit D is so important on so many levels, thanks for reiterating that!

Unknown Mami said...

I take a multivitamin every day and I have to say I get sick much less than before I took it. I also have to take iron supplements because my body has a hard time absorbing enough iron. Everything in moderation. Too much of anything is bad.

Also, I think too often people mix supplements and have no idea how they interact.

Laura said...

Bella: I know right. Will we find out one day that carrots are bad for us too?

the ungourmet: I am glad that I am at least aware of this and will try to monitor my vitamins. Hold on as I go and eat another apple =)

Thanx Miss Anne xoxo

Just Playing Pretend said...

For once in my life not doing what I have been told is paying off. I don't do vitamins but I'm very particular about my fruit and veggie intake to replace.

Michelle "Lady Bug" said...

The only vitamin I take is vitamin D actually. My doctor is bog on it. Every time I go to see her she tests my blood to check my vitamin D level. It is always too low for her liking too.