“You’re tired? Vitamin B!” “You have a cold? Vitamin C!”

“You’re tired? Vitamin B!” “You have a cold? Vitamin C!”

Let’s stop these habits. Vitamins aren’t a substitute for food, people!!

It seems like all of our lives we’ve been advised to take our vitamins. Strolling down the aisles of Whole Foods or like stores, it’s almost mesmerizing to stop and stare at their huuuge selection of assorted supplements and vitamins. It almost makes you call up your doctor and ask what you need because it gets in your head and makes you think you’re missing something. Before you pick up that phone, stop and realize, you don’t. As long as you eat a well-balanced diet filled with fruits and vegetables, you’re good to go. And if you don’t do that, you should start now (*cough* me *cough*).

Although some may believe that they are doing good for their health while consuming these vitamins, studies show that they may be doing the opposite. As stated by the Huffington Post, “Specifically, supplements of antioxidants, folic acid and vitamin B seem to hold no benefits, and could potentially even be harmful, though more research is necessary, the editorial’s authors said. And beta carotene, vitamin E and possibly high doses of vitamin A may be harmful.”

On top of that, there’s even more vitamins that you should stay away from. Let’s start with getting vitamin C out of your cold remedy. It’s all hype, and many, many studies show that there is no actual link to it helping your cold, but it can actually increase your risk of getting kidney stones. Instead, eat some citrus fruit.

Instead of vitamin C, opt for Zinc. Zinc is actually linked to shortening a cold, and also making symptoms less severe.

Probiotics are up next. It can be seen that science just isn’t there yet for these to actually have a benefit for your body. Instead, you can eat yogurt to, “support the trillions of bacteria blossoming in our gut which we know play a crucial role in regulating our health.” Science Alert

If there’s any vitamin that can be difficult to get from food, it’s vitamin D. Vitamin D is great to take since it helps our bodies to absorb calcium, keeping our bones strong. Studies have found that people who take this supplement daily tend to live longer,

Vitamin E was typically taken to prevent diseases and illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. “Not only have studies failed to show that vitamin E supplements prevent heart attacks or cancer, but high doses may increase the risk of strokes.” Eat some leafy green vegetables and nuts instead.

Lastly, Folic Acid should be avoided unless you are pregnant, are trying to become pregnant. Increasing your intake of Folic Acid with supplements instead of just getting them from foods such as breakfast cereals, legumes, and asparagus, can increase your risk of colon cancer.

No, I am not a doctor but this is just various information I have gathered through my research. Always consult with your doctor and do your own research before you begin taking any supplements you think you may need, it’ll potentially save you in the long run.