Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Vitamins 'Too Much of a Good Thing' Doc Says


Many people take vitamin supplements thinking that the pills will boost their health, but that's not what the science shows.

Writing in a New York Times Op-Ed article, Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, highlights the possible dangers of vitamins. Offit cites a number of studies published over the last two decades linking vitamins supplements to health problems, including an increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease.

While it's true we need vitamins to survive, unnaturally high doses of vitamins may paradoxically interfere with the immune system, Offit said. 

The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate vitamins — even vitamins that contain "mega" doses — because of a 1974 bill that prevents such regulation, Offit said.

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