VitaminsA recent study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting on vitamin supplements and their role in the increased risk of cancer and heart disease has raised concerns.

Although the study (Byers, University of Colorado) shows a correlation between those who take extra vitamins and minerals and health problems, it is important to look at a broader picture.

Importance of the correct dose

The important takeaway from this is the quote from Professor Tim Byers, Associate Director for Cancer Prevention at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, who warns consumers against “consuming more than the recommended dose.” Dr. Byers stated, “Taking the correct dosage is harmless, but is no substitute for good, nutritional food.”

Your body needs vitamins and minerals so it can perform essential functions, grow and develop and repair cell damage. People who eat well and get enough nutrients may not benefit and could be harmed by extra supplementation.

As always, consult with your health care team before supplementing with vitamins and minerals

When the correct dosage is taken, they can be good for you, but they are not meant to cure or prevent, only “supplement.”

To read more about the Byers study, click here.