Impact of Multivitamins – Are They Good for Your Heart?

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Multivitamin supplements are formulated as dietary supplements and are prepared using vitamins, minerals and other nutritional elements required for the adult human body to function properly. The concoctions are available in the market mostly in the forms of tablets, capsules, powders and injectable forms. The same is administered and prescribed by medical practitioners and nutritionists. A study conducted in the United States by researchers revealed that taking the extra dose of the advertised mineral and vitamin supplements does more harm than good to the human body.
It is even seen that ‘over the counter’ supplements available in the market, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. According to a trial conducted on thousands of patients for over a decade by the University of Colorado, United States, it was seen that taking the extra dose of multivitamin or mineral supplement only ups the chances of ending up with health problems.

According to another study conducted by the University, it was seen that consumption of beta carotene, a supplement positioned in the market that boosts the immune system, increases the chances of lung cancer and heart disease by 20%.

 

Are supplements necessary?

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An in-depth analysis of this matter was conducted in the US on a sample group that involved around 450,000 patients and healthy adults in their late 40’s. The research revealed that taking a regular dose of some health or dietary supplements don’t reduce the risks of heart attack, general cognitive decline, degradation of the brain cells and other advertised remedies against similar ailments. The study also allowed the researchers to conclude that high doses of beta-carotene, vitamin E are harmful to the human body and unnecessary.
According to Dr. Larry Appel, M.D. and director at the Johns Hopkins Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, folic acid supplements are an exception. They are necessary for childbearing women, as Folic acid helps in the prevention of defects in the neural tubes in the developing babies in the mother’s womb. Therefore, it is essential for the pregnant mother to consume a minimum of 400 micrograms of Folic Acid, on a regular basis.

 

Multivitamins are really not essential to the adult body as the deficiency for the same can be covered by simply following a routine and a healthy diet.

To eat healthily
The following eating habits can lead to a healthy and supplements free lifestyle:

Eat lots of vegetables and fruits

Fiber rich food items such as vegetables and fruits contain all the essential vitamins and minerals as well as various phytochemicals or plant-based chemicals absent in the health supplements. Such a diet is beneficial for your cardiovascular health and maintains your blood insulin/cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Fiber rich food items such as vegetables and fruits contain all the essential vitamins and minerals as well as various phytochemicals or plant-based chemicals absent in the health supplements. Such a diet is beneficial for your cardiovascular health and maintains your blood insulin/cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

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Dig into the good fats
At a certain point in time, we were advised to eat less fat or fatty food items. But recent studies show that it is the type of fat you are including in your diet. The most beneficial of the fat sources are plants and fish.
Eliminate sugary food items, potatoes and replace the same with whole grains
Replacing the refined grains with the likes of whole grains provides the body with the healthy dietary fibers and essential antioxidants. Starch and carbohydrates present in food items such as potatoes are digested instantly in the human body thereby increasing the sugar levels in the blood which if left unchecked may result in cases of diabetes and heart attacks.
Keep yourself hydrated and avoid excess salt
Since the human body is made up of almost 70% water, keeping your body hydrated by drinking enough water is of utmost importance. The pH balance and overall consistency of the blood should be maintained or else the blood could become basic or acidic and the overall viscosity could also fall out of balance. Avoid food items that contain an excess of salt for preserving purposes such as processed food items and snacks. Sodium is essential for muscle development and balance of fluid in your body, but if taken in excess, it could result in increased blood pressure and thereby risking heart attacks.
Revisit the idea of taking supplements It is recommended to take in as many nutrients as possible from natural resources through daily intake of food, and avoiding the artificial ones is beneficial in the long run.