A fifth estate investigation into vitamin use has experts alarmed.
75% of Canadians use popular vitamins such as vitamin E, C and D, and many are using them in very high doses. The problem is, there are side effects: over-consumption includes increased risk of heart disease and cancers, varying from vitamin to vitamin.
For example, 30 almonds – just over a handful – will get you your daily requirement of vitamin E. However, many vitamin E capsules contain 30 times more than this amount. Consuming such large quantities of this vitamin significantly increases the risk of prostate cancer. Also, popular 1000 mg capsules of vitamin C is equivalent to eating 8 cantaloupes: a dangerous amount to eat.
Bottom line: Don’t assume everything in a dietary supplement or vitamin store is totally safe; it’s important to be cautious.
Do you take vitamins? Will you continue taking them knowing this?
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