Vitamin D supplements have been proven to be nothing but useless stuff. They don’t prevent disease as they were thought to do so a while back.
Vitamin D supplementation has been found to be not very helpful in the prevention of heart attacks, strokes or depression. It seems all the hype that had been created in favor of the huge bottles of pills lying on pharmacy shelves was just that...hype!
The latest study from New Zealand suggests that the vitamin pills especially vitamin D supplements have little to no effect on the ailments they are supposed to cure. Some more trials are needed before this study is corroborated.
"Our findings suggest that vitamin D supplementation with or without calcium does not reduce skeletal or non-skeletal outcomes in unselected community-dwelling individuals by more than 15%. Future trials with similar designs are unlikely to alter these conclusions," according to the study conducted by Health Research Council of New Zealand.
But for now the evidence is in. And it goes in favor of obtaining your vitamin D from milk, salmon, tuna and mushrooms instead of from fake supplements. The experiments that got carried out were undertaken with calcium and non-calcium supplements.
Heart disease, cancer, stroke and fracture prevention were the markers that got examined. The results were conclusive enough. In either case the supplements (dummy and real) had no marked effect on the diseases among the test subjects.
The best method of getting the right nutrients is through proper nutrition. One does not need supplements since food is the best supplement. Instead of popping all those pills you see on the supermarket shelves it is better to eat freshly cooked food at home.
Of course this is just one study. It raised though a lot of awareness and criticsm. Here is a report that counter argues the findings of the vitamin D study featured above.