Supplements Don’t Have Long-Term Effect on Health as Real Foods

If you get the right amount of minerals and vitamins, chances are that you will live a long and healthy life. Today, our food does not contain a good amount of required nutrients and hence, the health professionals and even doctors recommend food supplements to the patients like prescriptions. However, a paper released on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that supplements are not enough for long-term effects on the body.

The paper was authored by a cancer epidemiologist at Tufts University, Fang Fang Zhang, Ph.D. She says that food supplements have their own pros and cons. She added that the good thing about supplements is that they do have really positive effects on the body at-least temporarily. But, the bad news is that the positive effects of supplements depend on where those vitamins are bought from. She also said that though the supplements may prove highly beneficial at times, yet, there are many other important beneficial associations with real food nutrients that are not available in the supplements.

Studies show that when the vitamins and minerals are consumed from dietary sources and not supplements, there were lower risks of cardiovascular diseases and even death. When these nutrients are consumed from the foods they ate, the risk of cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality were lesser, but this was not the case when nutrients were taken from supplements. So, the right way to take nutrients is by taking real food.

For this study, surveys from the year 1999 to 2010 were used to analyze the data. About 30,000 participants were of the ages 20 years and above were questioned about their diet. As per the results, the people who got a good amount of magnesium, vitamin K, zinc, vitamin A, etc. had a lower risk of early death from cardiovascular diseases. These vital benefits can be obtained only from real food and not supplements. The study also showed that through these supplements, excess calcium is consumed which is not healthy and associated with risk of cancer. Also, the people who take too much vitamin B could be at higher risk of developing lung cancer.

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