Beware: Vitamins May Boost Cancer And Heart Disease Risk

Many people think that taking vitamins is always beneficial to one’s health. A new large-scale study found that isn’t necessarily true. And there may be too much of a good thing. In fact, new research has shown that taking vitamin supplements could increase the risk of developing cancer and heart disease by a fifth, according to ITV News.

The decade-long study examined thousands of people–over 300,000–and the health benefits of supplements, finding that the supplements can “do more harm than good.” The study was led by the University of Colorado Cancer Centre. Sometimes people think that taking extra supplements can make them healthier, but doing so can be unsafe, and even potentially deadly. The experts warned that taking a greater quantity than the recommended daily dose of over-the-counter vitamins could increase the risk of developing cancer and heart disease by up to 20 percent, according to SKY News.

Researchers have stressed that the public should obtain their vitamins from a healthy diet rather than pills. The study was prompted by researchers who observed that people who ate more fruits and vegetables tend to have lower cancer rates. When first tested on animals, the results were promising, but when researchers tested thousands of people over a 10-year period with vitamins and placebos, the results changed. Professor Tim Byers of the University of Colorado Cancer Center stated the following, according to SKY News.

“We are not sure why this is happening at the molecular level, but evidence shows that people who take more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer… 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. But there is no substitute for good, nutritional food. At the end of the day we have discovered that taking extra vitamins and minerals do more harm than good.”

Byers stressed that not all vitamin supplements are harmful when taken at the appropriate level. He stated the following, according to Yahoo! Health.

“More specifically, taking more than the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, Vitamin E and beta-carotene were all shown to increase cancer risk.”

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

In another recent study of 95,000 children that was conducted over two decades, contrary to popular belief, no link was found between the measles vaccine and autism, according to an Inquisitr article.

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