Most people take vitamin tablets believing that they will improve their health and protect them against several diseases, little did they know, those pills do the opposite. A new study has found that popping too many supplements can actually increase the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Over the counter supplements are promoted for their health benefits but exceeding the recommended daily amount may have a counter effect, as Dr Tim Byers of the University of Colorado Cancer Centre said,
Two decades ago research found those who ate more fruits and vegetables tended to have less cancer so Dr Byers began to investigate if taking extra vitamins and minerals would reduce cancer risk even further.
However, the associate director for cancer prevention and control added,
When we first tested dietary supplements in animal models we found that the results were promising. Eventually we were able to move on to the human populations. We studied thousands of patients for ten years who were taking dietary supplements and placebos.
He added most people get the daily recommended doses of vitamins and minerals in their diets by eating healthy meal and warned, “At the end of the day we have discovered that taking extra vitamins and minerals do more harm than good.”