10 Foods That Beat a Multivitamin (Gotta Love # 6!)

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Do you take a multivitamin? Many people do, especially women. The Archives of Internal Medicine recently published a startling study that found that older women who consumed a multivitamin supplement had an increased risk of developing cancer or heart disease.

If you are taking a multivitamin, you might be asking yourself if you should stop. That all depends on how much you eat and what you eat. If you consume a healthy diet with the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day, you shouldn’t need one.

However, most Americans don’t consume anywhere near enough fruits and vegetables. Studies show that at least 50 percent of all Americans do not even eat one serving of fruit most days. For people like this, a multivitamin would be of great benefit.

If your doctor has recommended that you consume certain vitamins due to a health problem or aging, such as a calcium, magnesium, or iron supplement, by all means, continue to take them.

However, for most people, multivitamins are simply eliminated from the body, which is money literally down the toilet. Some vitamins, such as vitamin A, are fat soluble, which means the body will store extra in your fat. In this case, consuming a multivitamin that contains A can actually be dangerous as it can lead to an overdose.

Many other vitamins, however, are water soluble, which means that your body will use what it can and then remove the rest via urine. Vitamin C is an example of a water soluble vitamin. Unfortunately, people believe that taking these mega-dose vitamins with 1500 mgs of vitamin C will prevent them from getting a cold. Your body cannot use 1500 mgs of vitamin C at one time. It will use what it needs and you simply pass the rest. It would be better to consume 500 mgs three times each day.

Take a look at the top 10 healthy foods that actually contain higher amounts of certain nutrients than any multivitamin. Eating more of these means you will get all the nutrition you need without resorting to the dangers (and waste of money) of taking multivitamins.

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