It has been the way to stay healthy for all of time - eat vegetables, go for walks or runs on a daily basis, drink water, and take your vitamins. However, there is a problem - decades and decades of research have gone into studying vitamins, and no one has actually found any indication that they do any good for your body. In fact, some studies have found that certain vitamins are bad for you - several have been linked to cancer and others have been linked to kidney stones.
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So here are the vitamins you should take, and the vitamins you shouldn't:
Multivitamins: Not necessary if you have a healthy diet.
For decades, everyone pretty much took one of these with breakfast for health, energy, and to boosts to our immune systems.
Unfortunately, that isn't what it delivers. You see, you get all of this from your diet now, and if you get too much of certain vitamins, you are actually harming yourself.
Vitamin D: Take it!
Vitamin D is really difficult to get in foods, you don't find it often. Still, it is critical for bone health, especially in women. Getting sunlight can help with Vitamin D, but too much sunlight is bad and it can be difficult to get in the winter.
Antioxidants: Skip them.
Vitamins A, C, and E are antioxidants that many people take to prevent cancer. However, just working some berries into your diet will give you the same thing. Studies suggest that too many antioxidants can actually lead to cancer, so you have to be careful.
Vitamin C: It probably doesn't help.
All of the hype around Vitamin C is really just hype - it doesn't actually do anything when you have a cold. Taking too much Vitamin C can lead to kidney stones. It is best to get Vitamin C from your food instead. If you are feeling sick, reach for the strawberries.
Vitamin B3: It is better for you in foods.
For years, people thought that Vitamin B3 would help prevent Alzheimer's, heart disease, and anything in between. However, recent studies have found that there is no merit to that claim. People who take too much are risking liver problems, infections, and internal bleeding.
Probiotics: Go for yogurt instead.
Probiotics are the "new thing" and they are extremely pricey because of it. It has become a big money maker for companies, but it is doing very little to regulate your health. While studies are still somewhat new, the research has shown that the effects are all over the map. Sometimes they help, sometimes they don't.
Still, all research shows that yogurt is healthy for you, so snack on that instead.
Zinc: Take it - especially if you have a cold.
Unlike a certain vitamin listed above, Zinc can help prevent and/or treat the common cold. The mineral interferes with the replication of rhinoviruses, which is what causes the common cold.
Vitamin E: Skip it and eat spinach instead.
Vitamin E was always touted for its ability to protect against cancer, but in all that time, it may have actually increased cancer risk in men. Instead of taking the supplement, fill your diet with dark greens.
Folic Acid: Only if you are pregnant or want to be pregnant.
Folic acid helps our bodies make new cells. It is recommended for women who want to be pregnant or for women who are pregnant because it helps the growing fetus.