Confused by the barrage of information on vitamins and their effect? You may have seen a new study of the lack of benefit of vitamins for men. Don’t throw away your Flinstone vitamins just yet. Here are some highlights about the latest research and what you should be taking.
The bottom line for the study was that in men who had relatively health diets, vitamins yielded very little benefit for cardiovascular disease, although they may have some benefit in reducing cancer.
So what do you do?
- Don’t give up on your vitamins, but dont rely on them. Good diet trumps any vitamin. Many studies have shown that there’s no replacement (I dont care HOW many vitamins you are taking) for a healthy, balanced, nutrient-rich diet. So, while this research shouldn’t lead you to throw out the vitamins, they will never make up for a poor diet.
- If you’re even CONSIDERING getting pregnant in the next year or so, take at least 400 mcg Folic Acid per day
- Bone up– Take Calcium with 800 Units of Vitamin D daily–especially important for all women of every age, and especially if they start before age 30 (at which point your bone growth starts to slow)
- For the rest of the vitamins? Some studies suggest that supplementation can help, while others show that TOO much of a good thing…well… isn’t a good thing. If you’re already taking a multi-vitamin, research doesn’t show any benefit to taking more of any one vitamin (unless you’re deficient in it of course).
- More questions? Feel free to send me your questions, or have a conversation with your doctor.