Why Vitamins May Be Hurting Instead of Helping You

Vitamins are a multi-billion dollar industry in America. It is estimated that up to 40% of Americans consume multivitamins and spend over $28 billion dollars a year on supplements. Why the vitamin frenzy?

As society has progressed and diets have changed to become more and more processed, our food sources have become increasingly devoid of nutrients. Many people today regularly subsist on diet staples of white flour, white rice and other ingredients processed beyond recognition. It is no wonder that deficiencies are on the rise, even disguising themselves as various ailments and diseases.

Ironically, there have been several studies done recently showing that not only are supplements ineffective at preventing early death, heart disease, cognitive decline from aging, and cancer, they can actually cause the disease that they were supposed to prevent!

The root of the problem is that supplements are isolated, fractionated components of foods. Our bodies are designed to digest and assimilate necessary nutrients from the natural foods we eat, ideally in their whole and fresh state. Nutrients tend to work together in groups in the body, requiring a perfect balance of each thing. Whole fresh foods contain these nutrients in harmonious ratios, making them the ideal way to keep your body healthy.


When you consume a supplement, it has been separated from its original source, processed and then presented to you in a single artificially derived mega dose form. This causes imbalance within your system, as you have no idea how much your body actually needs, and whether you also have enough of each of the other nutrients that usually work in concert with it.

Some nutrients cannot easily be eliminated by the body if excess is consumed, setting the stage for worse problems.

Additionally, new nutrients are still being discovered all the time, and their relationship with other nutrients are yet to be learned. We just do not know enough about health science yet to simply fix problems with a pill.

The supplement industry is also not regulated by the FDA in the same way as drugs. Playing the vitamin and supplement game could be a dangerous one with many potential wrong moves as you mess with the chemistry in your body.

Certainly, there are nutrient deficiencies that are serious and can cause damage and disease to your body. For example, a vitamin D deficiency creates problems ranging from seizures to rickets, and a severe vitamin B12 deficiency can cause irreversible nerve damage and dementia/Alzheimer’s type symptoms. If you do have a deficiency, it may be wise to supplement for a time under the care of a medical doctor as you figure out a better long-term solution.

An apple (or several) a day may really keep the doctor away after all. So the next time you reach for an expensive bottle of vitamins, consider using that money at your local produce store for some fresh, organic fruits and vegetables instead. Your body will thank you for it.

5 Responses to “Why Vitamins May Be Hurting Instead of Helping You”

  1. Are you people joking. I’m 76 years old and in near perfect health. I eat a very healthy diet and take high quality, natural vitamins and nutritional supplements, as do millions of other people. There is very little literature that indicates any serious problems with these substances. On the other hand, the pharmaceutical industry is turning out many products that are causing thousands of deaths and health problems each year. I suspect your organization is financed by the pharmaceutical industry, which means you will censor my comments.

  2. Duly Censored Ganymede 1 (are you from our Galaxy or a neighboring one?) The idea of the supplements is mainly to extract something. rather than add something, and the “something” in this case – as always is MONEY!!

  3. Vitamins, like anything can be over used or used wrong. I find some very useful and they do help with certain things. Also like anything else there is always one that says one thing and someone else that says something opposite. Anytime your immunity is low for whatever reason, appropriate vitamins and supplements will help. Your age is also a factor in whether or not you need boosts of certain vitamins due to the bodies reduced production or lack of needed nutrients. Having said all that, a steady, healthy diet is always the first and best option, you just have to be careful. All vitamins aren’t the same and some contain ingredients that aren’t helpful and can in fact be harmful. There are two types of B12 for example, one is helpful for neuropathy and the other is not at all. Your own research and a Drs. guidance, if available, is on you to make sure you get what you need and not just the latest fad that doesn’t help and costs way too much.

  4. So how much money did Big Pharma pay you for your lying article? It’s bad enough that the food that we buy has been GMOed to the point wherein some of it is even dangerous, not to mention all of the chemicals that the animals we eat have been fed and shot up with more chemicals, but the Big Pharms drugs all have severe side effects and frequently kill people. So I hope you enjoy your big pay off from Big Pharma because I’m deleted .

  5. Your article has contradicted what you are saying. If our food sources are low in nutrients how can we get what we need from the food? Processed food is the problem along with feed we give to our meat sources. Also, most vitamins are not stored in the body, so, why not add good vitamins to the food we eat? I can say that some vitamins are not very soluble in our systems. You must be careful what type of vitamin you’re taking.

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