Is there any benefit to taking vitamins?
If you are taking them for a specific deficiency, then yes they can be useful. However, most supplement users are what this article refers to as the “worried well” or people who are taking them because they believe that they are somehow protective and healthful.
Yet another study has confirmed that people taking vitamins do not have lower rates of cancer and heart disease than people who do not supplement.
What is it going to take for people to realize that there is no magic pill? There is nothing you can take– no vitamin, no mineral, no herb, no superfruit-extract, no prescription drug that is going to give you what is found in real food or reduce your risk of disease. It’s boring and no one wants to hear it but the truth is the best thing you can do is to get your nutrients from healthy food and be physically active.
One of the top ways to get all of those vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals into your body is to focus on plant foods. Fresh, whole (unrefined) plant foods have the highest nutrient density, meaning you get the most bang for your calorie buck.
Perhaps try incorporating more vegan food into your life:
Or read about how more health conscious people (including many nutritionists!) are going vegan:
Do you take vitamins? Do you choose what to eat based on the nutrient content of your food or do you go more for taste or convenience?