Beep! Beep! Beep! Her day begins. She fights the early morning fatigue and goes through her normal daily routine. She tugs on her clothes, brushes her hair, applies as much makeup as she dares, and makes herself breakfast. After gathering everything she needs for school that day, she is ready to go. As she is walking out the door, a thought popped into her head. She forgot her vitamin! She drops her bag at the door and races to the kitchen cabinet. She takes out a bottle and pops one of the multivitamins into her mouth. She does not know that bottle was a waste of a few dollars and she, along with many other Americans, have fallen under the vitamin company’s trick. Not only are multivitamins taken by over half of the population of America,
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The absorption of other vitamins could be increased or decreased, causing major imbalances. Both overdosing and underdosing can some with side effects, such as some listed above. These, along with vitamin deficiency, can hurt the body in many ways. How many people would be so eager to buy another bottle of ‘miracle pills’ when knowing these startling facts?
A common fallacy is that multivitamin can take the place of a nutritious diet. In fact, the truth is the exact opposite. A proper diet can often do what vitamins claim, and fail, to. For instance, a diet high in antioxidants help to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer (Megadoses of Vitamins). Unlike vitamins, many nutritious foods have been solidly proven to prevent cancer. Vitamin supplements can never truly replicate food due to the fact that “real food contains a mind-boggling diversity of not just vitamins and minerals, but hundreds, indeed thousands, of bio-active plant compounds” (Multivitamins – Don’t Believe the Hype). Phytonutrients are found in plant-based foods, and, while phytonutrients are not indispensable, they play a very significant role in preventing disease and helping the body function properly. Not only does food provide phytonutrients, but it is a lot safer than multivitamins. An unfavorable vitamin to overdose on is Vitamin A, however it is impossible to overdose on it through food. Vitamin A is stored