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Should we take vitamin supplements ? I do not think we should take vitamin supplements as studies have shown that vitamins from supplements do not act on the body as the same way as vitamins from food, we can get what we need from a balanced diet. Fruit and veg which are high in vitamins also supply fibre which is necessary for health and often lacking in diets relying on supplements .Vitamins can have toxic effects, some may need vitamins but more vitamins is not necessarly better for example, vitamin A stores itself in your liver and can eventually reach toxic levels and cause liver damage, vitamin C if taking too much can cause diarrhoea and flactulence and again if taking to much of the selenium supplement it can lead to loss of skin, hair and nails.
Studies have now proven that most people who take vitamin supplements probably dont need them, we just think we do to give us a quick fix that will allow us to eat and/or drink anything we want relying on the vitamins to do the rest.The fact is we are much better off getting our vitamins through the food we eat, this way we assured we get the entire nutrient value whereas a vitamin limits you to one component of a food, for instance an orange contains the important nutrients of carotene, calcium, fibre and simple sugars along with vitamin c, if you just take a vitamin c supplement you miss out on these, the same example can be applied to milk and calcium, if you skip the milk and take a calcium supplement you loose vitamin d, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. Here is another example that shows you dont need vitamin supplements: Vitamin AHelps keep skin healthy, enhances immunity and helps you see in dim light, you can get all you need from foods such as cheese, eggs, oily fish, milk and yogurt. Vitamin B Helps make energy and set it free when you need it and makes red blood cells which carry oxygen throughout your whole body. Vitamin C Protects cells, helpsyour body resist infection and helps the body absorb iron, you can get all you need from a wide variety of fruit and vegtables. Vitamin D Forms strong bones, teeth and helps the body to absorb the amount of calcium it needs, you can get all you need from foods such as, fish, egg yolks, liver and fortified cerael.
Vitamin E Protects cell membranes, you can get all you need from nuts, seeds and wheatgerm in cereals, it is also found in plant oils. Selenium Has an important role in the immune system, in thyroid hormone, metabolism, reproduction and prevention of damage to cells and tissues, the tiny ammounts we need can easily be obtained from meat, nuts, bread, fish or eggs. Some groups of the population do require vitamin supplements ·Women who are planning to get pregnant or have just become pregnant should take a daily supplement of folic acid. Women who have only a limited exposure to sunlight may lack vitamin d which can be taken in supplement form. ·Vegans who never eat meat or dairy products may need to take vitamin b12 in tablet form. ·People who are doing intense training for sport and so on.
….. To summarize in my opinion health is best promoted through a balanced diet, consisting of lots of raw fruits and vegatbles will supply amounts of vitamins far in excess of the recommended daily allowances, for others that need them supplements may help reduce certain health issues.