Did you know close to half of the U.S. population takes vitamins? (However, I should also note that close to half the population watches The Kardashians – so I feel like it’s kind of the blind leading the blind most of the time.) And just like Bruce Jenner, multi-vitamins are the most popular of the bunch. However, doctors seem torn on the benefits of vitamins, and some even advise against taking them, which really makes my head spin. Get it together medical community, okay?
According to a Forbes article you should NOT take the following vitamins:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A and beta carotene
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
- Multi-vitamins (say what?)*
*”looking at 38,772 women over 25 years, found that the overall risk of death increased with long-term use of multivitamins, vitamin B6, folic acid, iron, magnesium, zinc, and copper. Death, one must admit, is a pretty bad outcome.”
You may be thinking this guy is crazy, and he just might be. BUT – if this information is on the internet from a news source it must be true. Just like everything on this blog is true. That’s how science works.
I’ve seen firsthand the damage vitamins can do if not used correctly. Someone close to me was prescribed an INSANE number of vitamins (cinnamon, fish oil, other crazy things) and after a couple weeks couldn’t walk, didn’t smell very nice and was super sick. #realtalk. This was an extreme case (and I’m pretty confident the prescriber was more witch doctor than MD, but the fact remains: not all vitamins are healthy.)
But, I’m not quite ready to give them up all together. If fact, I just bought a large amount of fish oil gummies that I take every morning. Delish!! Also, Lauren Conrad, MD, just posted her vitamin recommendations, which are in direct conflict with the Forbes guy. Her list is longer than Heidi’s extensions in season 3 of The Hills. And then there’s Dr. Frank Lipman (he treats Gwyneth Paltrow and Donna Karan amongst others mmkay) who swears by a multivitamin, D3 (which is actually a pre-hormone, not a vitamin), fish oil and probiotics.
I’m still very much on the fence about the issue. The more I Google the more confused I become. Any thoughts about vitamins? I would love to know what you guys think.