Should You Take A Multivitamin?
When it comes to health, we’re all looking for the magic pill.
You know which one we mean: the one that counters the effects of a late night pizza and beer binge, reverses sun damage, keeps our bodies and brains working their best and our skin wrinkle free.
Many of us are looking for that in the vitamin store.
But do you really need to take a multivitamin?
According to Catherine Price, a science journalist and the author of Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food, probably not (well, if you’re a regular follower of TheBeautyBean’s advice anyway!).
As she told The New York Times in a recent interview,
“Does your plate look like the cover of a Michael Pollan book? Then you’re already getting plenty of vitamins and other nutrients from your food. Do you eat a lot of fortified foods like breakfast cereal and sports drinks? Then you probably don’t need to take a multivitamin either, because you’re essentially eating one. The people who benefit the most from multivitamins are those with restricted diets or health issues that make it hard to absorb nutrients from food, or who get most of their calories from foods that are so junky that they haven’t even been enriched with synthetic vitamins. Man cannot live on potato chips alone.”
Thinking there’s no harm in taking a multivitamin anyway? According to Price, that’s not really the case. Or, as she says, “It’s a bad idea to assume that just because something is essential in small doses, bigger doses must be better.” In fact, some vitamins in higher quantities are actually shown to cause cancer.
Our advice: fill your plate for fruit and veggies, eat fortified whole grains, and get some fresh air and exercise – and put the money you’re used to spending at the vitamin store to something that will actually make you healthier and happier!