Whatever the reason, the data are clear: high doses of vitamins and supplements increase the risk of heart disease and cancer; for this reason, not a single national or international organization responsible for the public’s health recommends them.
This stings for me, as I’ve been a vitamin supplement guy for decades. And after reading this article, which talks about study after study that not only show that they don’t help–but actually can cause harm, I feel I should have damn well known better. I consider it part of the “wisdom” that I kept with me from my younger years when I wasn’t so careful with vetting my beliefs. It’s uncanny how many of my solid beliefs from my 20’s I kept with me because they were “me” turned out to be utter crap when evaluated with my new approach to things. It seems vitamins can be added to that list.
No more for me
Anyway, I stopped being hardcore with vitamins several years ago after having what I believe to be a really bad experience. I was taking the recommended amount of Irwin Naturals (three capsules per day) and started having major issues with cognitive performance, memory, mental clarity, etc. I mean, it was seriously bad.
Now, there are many variables in life, and I am hesitant to attribute this to the supplements for sure, but the issue went away when I stopped. Or at least that’s what I remember happening.
Interestingly, I was speaking with someone else about vitamins a couple years back, and she mentioned that she had a friend who was strongly into supplements. She said she stopped, though, when she realized that whenever she took them she couldn’t remember anything.
It was then that I came up with my own hypothesis, which is that megadosing vitamins basically ends up acting like a minor poison. It’s basically taken on as a system load. Your body has to work hard to clean the stuff out of your system, and this affects your ability to function. That’s my current model based on precisely very little.
I am basically sticking at this point with a vitamin D supplement, as I don’t tend to go outside enough. It is my understanding that vitamin D deficiency is something that’s scientifically supported along with the benefits of using a supplement. But everything else is pretty much right out.
I’d be interested in whether a simple multi might be decent, though–in case one is not getting enough of any particular thing. So, not a megadose, but just a trickle that mimics a regular diet.
Any thoughts would be appreciated–especially if you have expertise in this area.