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Scary headlines are not what they seem

Posted 21 April 2015 12:00 AM by Dr Sarah Brewer
Taking vitamin supplements

These front-page headlines were based on a presentation at an American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting which summed up what we already know – that people should take supplements at a sensible, safe dose and avoid mega-doses. The presenter actually says, "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."The mystery is how this became translated into front page news!

“The mystery is how this became translated into front page news!

Deficiency of vitamins and minerals is of significantly more concern world-wide than taking too many.”

— Dr Sarah Brewer

Deficiency of vitamins and minerals is of significantly more concern world-wide than taking too many. Diet should always come first, but if your diet is not as good as you know it should be – either because you are cutting back on food intake to lose weight, or because you are avoiding certain food groups for health, ethical or religious reasons, taking a sensible multivitamin and mineral can provide a safe-guard against nutritional deficiencies.

Select a supplement designed for your particular age-group which is made to GMP - a pharmaceutical standard known as Good Manufacturing Practice. This means the supplement is checked at every stage of production to ensure each tablet provides a safe, consistent dose. That way you can safely ignore scare-mongering headlines that are designed to sell newspapers.

Dr Sarah Brewer

http://www.newswise.com/articles/dietary-supplements-shown-to-increase-cancer-risk

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