Americans are spending more than $25 billion a year on vitamins and herbal supplements, because for decades, vitamins have been promoted to bring plenty of benefits for our health. Now, people have to understand that vitamins can do more harm than good and flushing money down the toilet for supplements that not only are ineffective but also provoke serious diseases should stop. Here are the three vitamins that can hurt you in ways you never think it’s possible.
This vitamin is good in preventing colds and fighting infections. It’s true for vitamin C coming from foods and false for vitamin C supplements. There’s not one single American in this country that hasn’t in his medical cabinet a vitamin C supplement whether is a bottle of pills or a package of chewables because the doctor prescribed it. Well, doctors can be wrong sometimes as there’s no scientific evidence that that vitamin C pills can prevent a cold. Besides, if you take more than your body can use, you will eliminate the excess but you could also experience nausea, diarrhea or stomach pains and you could even develop kidney stones if you take more than 500 milligrams per day.
Vitamin E plays an important role in immune function and cell communication and if it was once believed to cure cancer, nowadays MDs all over the world begin to militate against its use. A study revealed that men who took vitamin E supplements were 17 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer and that this vitamin brings important benefits to our health only when it comes from natural sources, such as wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and broccoli. Taken regularly or in high doses, vitamin E loses all benefits and can hurt you.
Though some people need to take vitamin A supplements for conditions that hinder fat absorption, such as celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and pancreatic disorders, vitamin A deficiency is uncommon amongst Americans. Yet, vitamin A overdose is extremely common among US citizens. That’s because most take such supplements when they actually don’t need it and develop serious diseases such as liver problems, while newborns have birth defects and disorders of the central nervous system.
Of course, vitamin A is very important for reproduction, bone health, and immune function as well as for preventing cancer, but only when obtained with moderation through healthy diet. In supplement form, this vitamin does exactly the opposite.