Are you willing to take medications for high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes even though you do not suffer from these health conditions? There is no doubt that your answer is going to be an obvious NO!
Then, what makes you believe in taking multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplements without being deficient in them? Why do you get misled about MVM by the gimmicks of the fitness and nutrition industry? Don’t you think it is important to take the MVM deficiency test before you decide to take any supplements?
Taking multivitamins supplements such as vitamin E, A, C, D, and folic acid for the prevention of disease or cancer is not always effective, and can even be harmful to health.
There isn’t enough evidence to support the claims that MVM benefits our physiological (organ functions) functions in the absence of its deficiencies. However, there is enough evidence that suggests that long term intake of MVM in the absence of MVM deficiency may have detrimental effects on your health.
Eg. Vitamin A intake in abundant amounts can have deleterious effects on bone via induction of osteoporosis. This can cause an increased fracture risk, especially in those with previous osteoporosis risk. Some studies have shown that intake of high amounts of vitamin A can lead to an elevated risk of fracture in the hip.
Using the current evidence, I suggest you be judicious about your intake of MVM supplements. Take advice from a Medical Doctor. However, be skeptical if the doctor prescribes MVM supplements without testing you for the deficiency for the prescribed vitamin and/or mineral.
Prescribing supplements without testing for MVM deficiency is as ridiculous as prescribing blood pressure medications without testing and monitoring blood pressure. Nonetheless, only a scientifically influenced Medical Doctor who uses current evidence will guide you competently. Also, based on the evidence, if you do have a deficiency make sure you only take the recommended dose, more is not better, and stop taking the supplements as soon as your MVM blood levels come back to normal.
Attached to this article are research papers that will give you a thorough knowledge of the benefits and harmful effects of MVM.
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PMC5241405 Vitamins, Are They Safe? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5241405/
PMC3309636 Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Do We Really Need Them? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309636/
PMID15769967 Effects of long-term vitamin E supplementation on cardiovascular events and cancer: a randomized controlled trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15769967/