Do We Really Need Vitamins?

Every athlete and person keen about nutrition knows that vitamins are a crucial part of healthy living and performance.

Sport and exercise research, insight from top trainers, science, and technology helps you to better understand your body so you can craft a healthier lifestyle, workouts, and recovery plan.

The big question that however lies on the lips of everyone is how crucial are vitamins to everyday living? Are vitamins an essential part of human lives?

Researchers analyzed data from tens of thousands of people to confirm whether calcium, vitamin C, vitamin D, and multivitamin supplements improve heart health. Their study found that they have no effect on heart disease, heart attack, stroke, or lifespan.

The lead study author David Jenkins, MD, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto in Canada concluded that if your heart is strong and you are taking the vitamin supplements for other reasons, then the findings of their study does not apply to you.

The study particularly looked at the effects of calcium, vitamin C, vitamin D, and multivitamin supplements on cardiovascular health.

However, the study also mentioned that if you are at high risk for heart conditions, there is a need for you to get these vitamins and minerals from plant-based foods rather than pills. The reason for this was adduced to the fact that your body absorbs them more easily that way.

Despite the fact that it used to be the conventional wisdom of every dietitian, researchers have advised that we steer away from that advice.

While the study does not rule out all the other benefits of taking supplements, it still has some solid points showing little effects of vitamins on cardiovascular health. Until more research is done, you might still consider taking vitamin D and calcium to support bone health and vitamin C to slow skin aging, the study authors concluded.

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