Do vitamins really help?

Community Leader
Registered: 05-26-2004
Do vitamins really help?
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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 7:13am

Do you think vitamins really help with the fight against cancer?

Do vitamins help caregivers with more energy?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-02-2013
Thu, 08-08-2013 - 6:32pm

Here is a really good article and infographic on vitamins and their benefits as well as drawbacks. Enjoy!

http://navixmarketplace.com/learn/are-vitamins-really-good-for-you/

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-01-2013
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 9:49pm
Everyone should be taking vitamins! You do not pee them out (bright yellow) because you don't need them, your pee turns bright yellow because of the time it takes your body to break down the pills. Once the pills are finally broken down, a lot of the nutrients are already diluted. I take Isotonix. This is a line of vitamins and antioxidants that are already the same pressure as your bodily fluids. That means that they absorb into your body within 5 minutes of taking them and you don't pee them out. Go to the site and click on learn at the top - very informational. http://isotonix.marketamerica.com/hmaier/USA
Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 4:08pm
I know I have heard that theory also, that your body excretes the excess vitamins and minerals it doesn't need, but, and I don't want to make a blanket statement, but in the normal American Standard Diet now which is so heavily processed and sugar laden foods, most people just aren't getting all of the vitamins and minerals they need period. So really, most people benefit from an extra vitamin supplement. I am sure there is a placebo effect to some, but IMO not the vast majority.
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Community Leader
Registered: 05-26-2004
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 8:27am

That is an interesting perspective. Did he say why he believes that?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008
Fri, 10-05-2012 - 11:42am

My doctor once told me that vitamins don't do a thing for people. Anyone who eats a proper diet gets all the vitamins they need and anything extra gets removed from the body. He says it is more of a feel good thing. People feel like they are doing something good when they take vitamins.

Brenda

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 10-04-2012 - 3:29pm
Do you mean vitamins as in supplements or vitamins as in a healthy, nutritional diet full of vitamins and minerals? In either case, there have been tons of studies linking vitamin D definiency to cancer and cancer prevention, I think that's one disservice that the sunscreen movement has done to us. The sun is not bad, that's how our bodies were naturally designed to obtain Vitamin D. Safe sun exposure, and not letting ourselves get sunburned is one of the best things you can do for yourself for disease prevention in general:

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20070905/vitamin-d-for-cancer-prevention

http://www.naturalnews.com/025495_Vitamin_D_breast_cancer.html

and here is a good article on vitamins and supplements in general, obviously we should be eating a diet full of good healthy vitamins and minerals, whichis harder and harder with depleted soil levels and genetically modified foods, so if and when you are supplementing, picking good quality supplements is important:

http://www.maximizedliving.com/Home/MaximizedLivingCare/Nutrition/VitaminsandSupplements.aspx

And its definitely as important for caregivers to be taking care of themselves in order to keep their health and stregnth up during the stressful times of helping take care of their loved ones.
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