Last edited, 13 April 2020.
Plant-based vitamins such as vitamin C come in wholesome forms that come with many other nutrients to nourish our body. Man-made vitamin pills on the other hand have their vitamins isolated. They are no longer nutrients but chemicals, and they may cause dangerous effects on our health.
In the past: For maintaining healthy eyes and bones.
Current research: A study by US Harvard University researchers revealed that adding vitamin A to low-fat milk is not beneficial to health. This is because vitamin A may easily lead to osteoporosis. For example, frequent vitamin A users face a 50% increase in risk of bone fractures.
In the past: High blood concentration of vitamin E is associated with lower risk of lung cancer. Vitamin E has a significant anti-cancer effect on men below 60 years of age who have been smoking for less than 40 years.
Current research: This kind of preventive effect arises from a balanced diet that includes food rich in vitamin E. At the same time, quit smoking for the best protective effect.
In the past: Consuming Vitamin C supplements has the same effect as eating foods rich in Vitamin C.
Current research: Synthetic vitamin C pills are purely chemical preparations and their effects cannot be compared to natural Vitamin C. Futhermore, one may easily overdose on Vitamin C pills. Long-term consumption of Vitamin C pills may increase oxalic acid in the body. This ups the risk of oxalate-tupe kidney stone formation.
Vitamin E, Carotene.
In the past: Vitamin E and beta-carotene (vitamin A pre-cursor) have anti-oxidant effects. They work in different ways to fight against cell damage caused by free radicals.
Current research: Researchers from Denmark’s University of Copenhagen recently discovered that taking beta-carotene produced an approximate 7% increased risk of death, Vitamin E, a 4% increase and Vitamin A, a 16% increase.
In the past: Garlic has anti-bacterial effect; boosts immunity; regulates blood cholesterol; and has anti-tumor effect. The allicin in garlic can significantly lower blood cholesterol.
Current research: The latest research suggests that garlic supplements’ blood cholesterol lowering effect is temporary and inconsistent. The only sure fact? Garlic will definitely cause body odor and garlic breath.
- Experts from Harvard Medical School in the U.S. have found that milk fortified with vitamin A may be harmful to health and linked to osteoporosis. Excessive vitamin A intake was found to double the risk of hip fracture in women aged 28 to 74.