Are Vitamins Neccessary?
Americans spend billions of dollars each year on dietary supplements, but experts argue there is no scientific proof that that any pill is a magic bullet.Â Â Â
"Any claim to preventing disease or extending life with vitamin and mineral supplements are unproven," said Dr. George Blackburn from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Â Â
Doctors prefer people get nutrition by eating vegetables, fruits and whole grains. But, Dr. Blackburn estimates only a quarter of Americans follow recommended guidelines.Â For those who don't, a multi-vitamin may be just what the doctor orders.Â Â
"I want them to take a low cost, simple, one a day vitamin and mineral supplement for insurance," Dr. Blackburn said. Â Â
Pregnant women are advised to take pre-natal vitamins that contain extra folate.Â With many fortified foods on the market, Dr. Blackburn has some reassuring advice for people worried about getting too many vitamins and minerals.Â Â Â
"You would have to be taking a high dose, single supplement to worry about overdose," he said.
Anyone taking prescription medication should consult with their doctor about possible interactions with supplements.Â Â Â
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