Fact vs. Fiction: Are Supplements Helpful or Harmful?

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Fact vs. Fiction: Are Supplements Helpful or Harmful?Conflicting information about supplements is everywhere these days. One day we’re told about the latest health benefit of taking vitamins and supplements; the next day we hear about a study showing they’re dangerous. It’s easy to be confused.

It is important to know the facts. An overwhelming body of scientific evidence over the last 40 years shows that supplements can significantly benefit health. Nutrient deficiencies can create many health issues, which can often be easily relieved if you just get the nutrients you need.

Many of the scariest headlines claiming that supplements are “harmful” rely on a selective ‘cherry-picking’ of the scientific evidence. They often don’t distinguish between observational or epidemiological studies—which prove correlation and not causation—and experimental controlled studies, which are considered the gold standard for proving cause and effect. They also often don’t distinguish between mega-dose supplements and those that do not contain mega-doses.

The fact is that nutritional deficiencies are common and widespread. Even the healthiest diets often don’t provide enough of every nutrient we need—and things like stress, physical activity, excessive coffee and alcohol, and dieting can deplete the nutrients in our bodies even more.

This fundamental lack of necessary nutrients can lead to many common health issues, which can often be easily corrected by giving your body the nutrients it needs.

Based on these facts, doctors and medical organizations recommend that all adults take a daily multivitamin. The Council for Responsible Nutrition published the following recommendation for multivitamins to improve health:

The regular use of multivitamins and a few other nutritional supplements can measurably improve the nutritional status and lifelong health of the American public. Adoption of the concept of supplementation as a part of personal lifestyles, health care practices, and public policy would benefit individuals, would improve the health profile of the nation as a whole, and could significantly reduce health care costs.

Most doctors also personally take multivitamins to improve their own health. A recent survey found that 72% of doctors and 89% of nurses use supplements to improve their own health and wellness.

Taking a daily multivitamin is an easy and affordable way to help ensure you are getting the well-balanced vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need. But there is a wide range of quality among multivitamins, so it is important to know what to look for to ensure you choose a high quality supplement.

Being able to absorb your multivitamin is crucially important to getting the most benefit and value, so we recommend choosing an effervescent multivitamin—which replaces pills with a sparkling drink. Studies show that effervescent drinks are better absorbed than pills. They require less processing too, which helps protect both the ingredients and the environment. And a great-tasting drink is a lot more enjoyable to take than swallowing horse pills!

Oxylent is an award-winning 5-in-1 daily multivitamin that delivers vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, antioxidants, and amino acids—all in one refreshing drink. Add a packet to water and enjoy daily.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.