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Are Multivitamins Waste of Money?

Update Date: Feb 15, 2017 07:20 AM EST

Vitamins and supplements are being questioned for their effectiveness after being discovered to show little evidence of treating deficiencies that they commit to addressing. As they continue to dominate shelf space inside pharmacies, studies on whether these vitamins are indeed worthy health investment are continuously being conducted.

The Guardian reveals that 7 out of ten Australians are taking vitamins or health supplements. However, experts are already conducting studies on whether vitamins and supplements are indeed helpful in addressing a deficiency or otherwise. Experts from the Australian Medical Association reports that multivitamins are just producing expensive urine and provide little evidence suggesting that they actually work.

Professor Ken Harvey from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the Monash University also revealed that for the average Australia, multivitamins provide "no benefits." A good diet remains to be the best way to acquire the basic vitamins the body needs instead of multivitamins.

Experts from the Australian Self Medication Industry, however, claims that supplemental medicines are indeed useful most especially for Australians that have poor diets. These vitamins and minerals play a vital role most especially for 52 percent of adults who do not take the recommended intake of fruit and for 92 percent of those adults who do not eat their vegetables every day.

British-based studies, on the other hand, reveals that they have discovered that vitamin pills are just a waste of money, Daily Mail UK quotes. The study conducted by the Oxford University tracked a total of 20,000 test subjects for five years. Test subjects were separately given vitamins, other dummy pills to see the difference in incidences of diseases and ailments.

The research revealed that there was no significant difference in the incidences of cancer, stroke and other diseases regardless if the subject took real vitamins supplements or dummy pills.

Both studies conclude that vitamins available in the food we eat are those capable of protecting us from illnesses. Synthetic molecules may provide the same formula that vitamins and nutrients have, but the supplements that come naturally from the food that people consume is still the supplement the human biology recognizes.

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