Vitamin Supplements Overhanging Questions

Sunday 21st February 2010

With nearly half of the UK’s overall population regularly taking vitamin supplements to try and improve their health by supplementing their natural vitamins and nutrients; important questions are being raised as to just how efficient these supplements really are. There have been questions as to whether or not supplements are in fact a risk to people’s wellbeing and even increased mortality rates.

A leading nutritional research, Dr Rajendra Sharma of The Diagnostic Clinic in London, recognises the importance of nutrition and people’s attempts to optimize this through nutrition supplements. The increased amount of nutrition supplements over the years perhaps stems from the increasingly hectic lifestyles many of us lead, leaving less time for nutritional means, meaning a simple capsule that provides the same nutrition is far easier. However, when it comes to these nutrition supplements, they don’t always contain all of the nutrients of the food source that the supplement is supposedly supplementing. For example, in some Vitamin E supplements they only contain an eight of the ingredients using alphatocopherol alone as opposed to all of the components. This can therefore lead to a Vitamin E deficiency as the missing components in the supplements would normally help the body to absorb the useful supplements. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help in the prevention of cancer.

Dr. Sharma goes on to explain that if people are worried about consuming a good amount of nutrients they should be looking to food and not these sole vitamin substitutes. Taking vitamin substitutes in their isolate form, he warns, could be potentially dangerous to the consumer’s health. It is these isolate forms of supplements that have previously shown in studies to have an increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease associated with them.

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