Background: Are Multivitamins Bad For You?
The multivitamin supplement industry makes about 28 billion dollars annually, with around forty to fifty percent of Americans purchasing their supplements. A multivitamin is a dietary supplement with vitamins, minerals and other nutritional elements. Which are available in the form of tablets, capsules, pastilles, powders and liquids. The people who buy these supplements say they make them feel healthier or will prevent chronic diseases, or colds and flu. They also feel that they don’t get enough from the food they eat so they turn to the supplements which claim to contain the daily recommended amount of many vitamins and minerals. But, recent studies are saying that labels on these pills aren’t always true and don’t always provide accurate nutritional information because the FDA doesn’t put multivitamins through strict tests. Other studies bring up a big question and that is, these pills might be doing harm to the body.
People are taking these supplements because they think they will do good for the body and make them healthier. But, these pills that they think are making them healthy might actually be putting them at a higher risk of getting sick.
Big companies are selling people supplements with little FDA regulation and without looking at the downside of the over consumption of vitamins and minerals. The consumers think they are taking multivitamins to enhance their health or at least provide a safety net for their poor diets. But recent studies show concern that supplements may cause more harm than good.
Topics for Shorter Papers:
Uncertainty of Multivitamins
Multivitamins are sold everywhere, whether it’s supermarkets, health shops, pharmacies, general grocery stores or health clubs. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide take them regularly, without fail. But, what good do they do us? Many buyers who take them don’t even know. If customers eat a poor diet, multivitamins can compensate. But we don’t know whether compensation really happens. Some studies have indicated that the people who take multivitamins the most are also the most health-conscious people. People who eat well and do exercise consume much larger quantities of multivitamins than those who eat badly and exercise the least.
The Wonders of a Well Balanced Diet
People should consider eating their vegetables. A well-balanced diet is, overall, better than taking vitamins. Healthy people who eat a reasonably well-balanced diet get adequate number of vitamins and minerals. Nature has provided the fact that many vitamins and minerals work together and need one for the other to work. Vitamin supplements, on the other hand, don’t always balance the need of certain vitamins. And while it may seem a simple matter for people to self-diagnose their need for vitamins, it’s not as easy or as safe as it seems. So the question is, eat vegetables or don’t forget all of the vitamins?
Other Short Essay Topics: Rebuttal- Why Multivitamins Are Good, Health Problems Caused by Multivitamins.
CURRENT STATE OF PAPER
I have plenty of articles and studies on both the benefits and harms of the use of multivitamins. I have acquired a good chunk of knowledge on this topic, and able to handle short essay topics but I need to look at the recent studies more and understand the full purpose of their experiments/surveys.