Since When Are Pills a Major Food Group?
My thesis itself is a causal claim, “multivitamins cause more harm than good,” and over the past few years studies have provided data that went against common know that dietary supplements are beneficial to ones health. Studies have shown that multivitamins do not prevent cancers or heart disease or any cause of death for that matter. Maybe consumers never expected your vitamin to prevent breast cancer or head off a heart attack. Maybe they just felt that taking one would make them healthier by boosting their immunity or energy level. But research on those benefits is equally discouraging, especially in specialized groups on which people would expect them to have an impact. For instance, a British review of eight studies found no evidence that multivitamins reduced the frequency of infections in older adults. Another study found that the vitamins didn’t decreased fatigue among breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. And city schoolchildren who took a vitamin did not perform any better on tests or have fewer sick days than students who didn’t take one.
Many people are taking supplements despite the information provided by studies. Many Americans have made up their minds that the little pill they take every day or in some cases twice a day will given them enough vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy. And this false confidence is causing people to neglect the recommended well-balanced diet which will provide the proper amount of vitamins and minerals needed on a day-to-day basis. Since we, love a shortcut and if a pill can substitute for good diet and exercise, we’ll take it. Customers forget to eat the proper foods that would be better from them, which causes them to look for some sort of alternative. In this case that alternative is a multivitamin whether it works are not, they have been persuaded into believing that the supplements they are taking are working even though there is no hard evidence.
A big advantage that multivitamin companies in persuading their customers is that they can put disclaimers on their products because they aren’t evaluated by the FDA. Which means the FDA doesn’t really to support the manufacturers’ health claims of what the supplement may do for the consumer’s body. For example, the label of a B-complex vitamin supplement may claim to improve your energy, help you think clearly and boost metabolism. Statements of this sort are claims made by the manufacturer, but not tested and confirmed by the FDA. Dr. Tod Cooperman of ConsumerLab conducted tests on a number of dietary supplements to see if the ingredients on the labels matched what was actually in the pill and Cooperman concluded, “there are plenty of rip-offs out there. About one out of every five products Cooperman’s researchers tested failed to pass basic quality standards that include having too much or not enough of the amounts claimed on the package — and sometimes none at all. Others contain dangerous levels of lead or other potentially dangerous ingredients.” So, if this one study found numerous flaws then there is a possibility that there are many more faulty labels out there. Since the FDA doesn’t test the supplements before they go on the market companies are able to manipulate what is on their labels so, they can attract people to buy what they are selling.
It is suspicious that companies that pride themselves on making pills that help people and are supposed to improve health, neglect testing their products tested to see if they are even safe for the consumer. The high concentration of certain vitamins and minerals that many people feel make them feel better or help prevent disease can actually put them at a higher risk of contracting certain diseases or cancers. Many people believe that extra vitamins are just peed out when they aren’t used but this is a huge misunderstanding, it is true that vitamins A and C get peed out because they are water-soluble vitamins but all of the other vitamins such as vitamin B get stored in the fat of the body and can actually cause harm. Many people have acquired the education on multivitamins and think that they are making themselves healthier, without realizing they might be potentially creating problems for themselves in the future.
So, even though multivitamins may seem to be the pill that could solve a lot of health problems but they don’t hold up to the high expectations. People like to be told that they are healthy and that they are fine and will do anything to keep it that way. They fear of being unhealthy and sick drives people into choosing supplements to give them a safety net in case they aren’t eating enough. But in reality it could be a false confidence that could cause consumers into buying the products and not getting any positive side effects.