Are vitamin supplements good for you?

Since the discovery of vitamins in 1912, taking vitamins have become a norm in our world today. Not only do we take them in the form of pills, they are added in cereals, bread and other food. Often, you see labels on the boxes of food stating “Enriched with vitamin C” and other vitamins or minerals.The concept of taking supplement that you lack seems simple enough and even logicalnd. While it may make sense but is it really that simple? Are vitamin supplements really good for you?

Vitamins are extracted from plants and synthesized into tablets or other forms of supplements. As the vitamins are concentrated into one single pill, we can get overdosed from taking that extra pill. However, we do not get overdosed when we eat an extra apple or an orange. Why is this so? This is because a whole fruit contains not only 1 vitamin, but multiple vitamins, minerals and fiber that work together to benefit our body. The absorption of certain vitamin could be dependent on the other nutrients existing in that plant, hence solely taking a particular form of vitamin without the other nutrients might not be beneficial at all and could do more harm than good. Hence, it is wise that we take food in whole.

Many people take vitamin supplements as a way to gain health and as a form of prevention against diseases.While it is best to take whole food, modern lifestyle and pollution of the food source can make it challenging to get all the nutrients that we need. If we were to take any supplements, its best to avoid the synthetic ones. How do we know which are the synthetic vitamins? Read the labels and make a wiser choice. Below is a table for reference.

There are so many types of supplements in the market nowadays that we must all learn to read the labels and do our due diligence if we were to consume these for long term as not all supplements are produced the same with different sources and processing methods.

The rule of thumb when I look at any label is that if the list of ingredients is too long and most of those listed are foreign to me, I will skip it. Keep it simple for better health!

 

6 thoughts on “Are vitamin supplements good for you?

  1. I completely agree, there is a lot of question nowadays on the benefits of vitamin supplements and the possibility that it is not actually doing anything for our health. I think for people considering taking supplements they need to do a bit of research before trying anything new because you could waste a lot of money taking useless things. Are there any that you’d recommend personally? I don’t get much time outdoors these days and I don’t think I am getting enough sun- would you recommend any vitamin d supplements?

    1. Hi Emma, if you do not have any health condition that you specifically need Vitamin D itself, I will try to get them from food sources. Some good sources of Vitamin D are fatty fish like salmon, Portobello mushrooms, raw milk, eggs. If you have to take supplements, I think you can try taking fish oil. Nordic Naturals is a good brand. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi Wendy,

    Thanks for this information. I tend to focus more on eating the right foods but occasionally use supplements, and to be honest, I’ve never really taken much notice of the labels, as I’ve always relied on the product’s reputation. But I agree, if the label contains too many ingredients people are less likely to read them. Thanks again for the information.

    1. Hu Gaylene, thanks for your comment. Yes most people do not look at labels. What prompt me to start looking at labels is due to girl’s condition and I needed to avoid certain ingredients at times.

  3. I agree with what you said. We must consume only those that we lack. Plus, not all vitamins can be readily absorbed by our body especially if they’re synthetic. I myself just make sure that my diet has fruits because everything’s there, and they’re easily assimilated by our body.

    Thank you for the advice!

    1. Hi Katey! Think colourful is one of the rule for my family’s diet and also I do try to buy local produce as much as possible as nutrients could be lost in the process of transportation.

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