C.W. WIEBE MEDICAL CENTRE
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Written by: Dr. Dan Hunt, M.D., CCFP
Vitamins are substances known to be essential to the human body, in that if your body is lacking in one you will become ill. The classic example is vitamin C, without this vitamin found in fruits and vegetables a person will develop scurvy. In the past many sailors on long voyages with no access to fruits would die of scurvy, until a British navy doctor discovered that including citrus fruits in the rations prevented the disease, thus earning British sailors the name “limeys”. However, in modern times if you are a healthy adult, eating a well-balanced diet, it is very unlikely that you will develop any vitamin deficiencies. This is in part due to the vitamin fortification in our food supply: dairy products have added vitamin D, salt has added iodine, and flour has added folic acid. However, for certain people, vitamins can be useful. Here are just a few of the many groups who benefit from vitamin supplements: women planning on becoming pregnant can reduce the risk of birth defects by taking folic acid daily, older adults with osteoporosis can reduce their risk of broken bones with calcium and vitamin D. If you are eating a very restricted diet a multivitamin may help prevent specific nutrient deficiencies, but it will not give you the health benefits of eating a wide variety of foods in a balanced diet. This is because whole foods contain many nutrients other than vitamins and minerals that are essential to health; these cannot be replaced with a simple pill.
There is a wealth of evidence that eating a balanced diet consisting of large amounts of fruits and vegetables, large amounts of fibre, a few servings of dairy products and a small amount of fish or poultry can reduce our risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke. In contrast, taking a daily multivitamin has not been shown to improve health or reduce the incidence of disease in otherwise healthy adults.
OK, so there’s no proof of benefit in a daily multivitamin for the average person, but what’s the harm of taking vitamins? There have been several trials showing harm from certain vitamin supplements. The SELECT trial, including 35,000 men was designed to test if selenium or Vitamin E could prevent prostate cancer. What they found was that the men taking the Vitamin E were 17% more likely to develop prostate cancer than those taking no supplements. The ATBC study enrolled 29,133 male smokers and found an increased risk of lung cancer when using beta carotene supplements versus no supplement. These are just two examples of the potential danger of excessive vitamin supplementation, there are other well-known vitamin toxicity syndromes which are too numerous to list here.
Most people are better off focusing on the proven benefits of exercise and healthy diet than trying to find health in a vitamin bottle. If you think you may need vitamin supplements I would suggest you discuss it with your health care provider.
Article taken from The Morden/Winkler Voice newspaper – April 14, 2016 edition