TV screens and pages of our favorite magazines invite us to buy dozens of bottles with various vitamins that will make us strong, healthy, quick, clever and full of energy. Is it true or just another marketing trick? Let’s find out the truth about the most persistent myths about vitamins!
Myth #1 Vitamins give us energy boost
Human body gets energy from carbohydrates and not from vitamins. The latter just take part in the process of transforming food into energy. They are an important constituent in producing energy but not the source of it.
Myth #2 There is no need to take vitamin D supplements
There is a deceitful opinion that all vitamin D that people need is produced by our body. This vitamin is actually the only, which is secreted within the human organism. It is generated under the influence of sun and we can also get it from some products of animal descent. Yet, not everyone eats such foods (e.g. vegans) or has an opportunity to spend enough time in the open air to get the recommended daily dose. Hence, develops vitamin D deficiency, which affects bones and muscles making them fragile and weak. So, if you work in an office all day long or keep to the vegan diet, you’d better add a vitamin D supplement to your daily ration.
Myth #3 You can take vitamins in any amounts
Any pill is good if taken in proper amounts. The same thing may be said about vitamins. There is a daily norm of each vitamin, which won’t do harm to the human health. Taking vitamins in excess may lead to hypervitaminosis. This condition is especially dangerous if it goes about fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Their excess may provoke liver failure, nerve damage, problems with gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin A hypervitaminosis in pregnant women may lead to birth defects in the newborns.
Myth #4 If you lack some vitamin, you’ll definitely know about it
Insufficient daily intake of vitamins may gradually grow into vitamin deficiency. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that you’ll know about it. Very often people suffer from various health issues not knowing about their initial cause. For example, magnesium deficiency may result in depression, insomnia, extreme tiredness and migraines. Treatment of the symptoms doesn’t give the desired results as the core of the health troubles remains untreated.
Myth #5 Vitamin C can help to cure cold
A famous myth about the healing properties of vitamin C makes some people think that taking it on the regular basis can help them to avoid colds and strengthen immunity on the whole. It is scientifically proven that vitamin C has no influence neither on the frequency of catching colds nor on duration of the illness and its severity. Even large doses won’t make any difference.
Myth #6 There is no need to eat healthy foods if you take multivitamins
People get vitamins from food. If its quality is poor or if you don’t eat enough of the needed products then you don’t get you daily norm of vitamins and minerals. To balance their quantity more than a half of all Americans take vitamin supplements on the regular basis. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that fruits and vegetables may be left aside. Vitamin supplements cannot provide you with the fiber, various antioxidants and all the spectrum of vitamins and minerals, which are present in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Myth #7 Multivitamin complexes are “miracles in tablets”
The manufacturers claim that their multivitamin products can do almost miracles. They provide you with endless energy, strong health, phenomenal memory and at the same time help you to keep fit without any physical exercises and diet. If only it were true! Unfortunately, it’s only marketing. Vitamins cannot do all the job for you. They help our body to function properly but they are not “magic pills”, which can solve our health problems within some minutes.