Many people take vitamins and supplements believing that it can give their health a boost.
However, a major study recently showed that “taking additional vitamins can do more harm than good.”
Top cancer expert Dr. Tim Byers along with his team of researchers investigated the effects of taking extra vitamins, particularly folate, vitamin E and beta-carotene.
“We are not sure why this is happening but evidence shows that people who take more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer,” Dr. Byers disclosed.
Their intensive research, which investigated studies spanning more 30 years, discovered the real effects of vitamins when taken more than the recommended daily dosage.
A popular supplement for pregnant women, folate apparently increases the chance of getting cancer by 56% if taken in extra dose.
Individuals taking more than the recommended dosage of beta-carotene have 20% higher risk of getting lung cancer and heart disease based on two trials.
A trial conducted in the United States between 2001 and 2014 involving 35,000 individuals showed that ingesting too many tablets of vitamin E increases the chance of developing prostrate cancer by 17%.
Their team’s findings were revealed during the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2015.
Byers, who believes there is no substitute for nutritious food, said: “This is not to say that people need to be afraid of taking vitamins and minerals. If taken at the correct dosage multivitamins can be good for you.”
Google Executive Gulps Down 100 Pills Everyday
Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzweil takes 100 pills; 30 pills in the morning and 70 throughout the day for his eye, heart, brain and sexual health. In addition, he follows an extremely strict diet.
For breakfast, he eats smoked salmon and mackerel, berries, porridge, vanilla soy milk, and dark chocolate infused with espresso.
With the latest findings of Byers’ team, will Kurzweil develop cancer rather than live forever?