Very High Doses of Vitamins Probably Not Great Choice

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Eat a healthy diet!

Take a moderate multivitamin.

Blood tests and treat deficiencies as needed

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April 13, 2010

Study links multivitamins to higher breast cancer risk

MultivitaminI ditched my multivitamin a couple months ago, and I’m feeling pretty good about it.

I started taking the supplement when I was pregnant, and I kept on taking it when I was breastfeeding, sleep-deprived, and feeling like my body needed all the help it could get post-pregnancy. But even after my sleep, meals, and life had become more routine again, I continued to give myself this extra jolt of nutrients each day.

The turning point came when I realized I was using my multivitamin as a nutritional crutch, to excuse my lack of vegetables at lunchtime, or breakfast in the morning. Since I’m pretty strict about my kids eating a balanced diet, why should I get a pass? And as I well knew, vitamins from a bottle aren’t a substitute for good nutrition on the table.

Even so, it’s tempting to use these supplements as a nutritional insurance policy of sorts, and many people do, hoping to improve their overall health and reduce their risk of disease.

But it’s uncertain whether multivitamins deliver on such expectations. Although daily supplements are recommended for some people (such as strict vegetarians, dieters, and others who may be missing key nutrients), research hasn’t shown they provide clear benefits for most people. Some studies have even suggested that multivitamins may actually increase the risk of certain health problems.

The latest such study comes from a group of Swedish researchers who explored



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