I commented on this post the other day concerning studies seeking to prove that multi-vitamin supplements don't prevent or cure any chronic conditions. I consider this a sort of "duh" moment but the author kept saying "vitamins don't work" and fell on that tired old pseudoscientific claim that your body cannot "recognize" vitamins from a pill but only from food.
The purpose of these types of claims I understand. To counteract the lies that supplement companies tell. Here's what I don't like though. Countering misinformation with misinformation.
When I pointed out that a vitamin from a pill can indeed "work" by preventing or reversing a deficiency (the real purpose of a sup) the author seemed not to hear me at all and offered yet more 'studies' about how vitamins don't "work" because they don't cure cancer, etc..
Here it is:
DON'T WORK FOR WHAT?
You can read the post and comments.
What so many people don't get who are on a tirade against multivitamins is that people who take these types of sups tend to be MORE informed about healthy eating, etc. Not less. The idea is that the average vitamin taker is gullible. Nothing of the sort. They tend to do more research and be very well informed, compared to average, about what they are taking.
There is a minority of people who are suckered in to thinking that 2000 mgs of vitamin C a day will prevent cancer or something but it is not the majority. I actually am little sick of the idea that people who use supplements are uninformed dolts.
One of the studies, btw, said that the vitamin takers in the survey, or whatever, tended to eat MORE vegetables and fruits than the non vitamin takers did. A point that seem to go unnoticed. Hmm..this study also proved that vegetables and fruits do not prevent the leading chronic health conditions, lol.
Let's be real here. I know at least 40 people who take a multivitamin daily "just to be sure" and of those people I think there's maybe one who thinks they are being protected from heart disease, etc, just by virtue of taking a pill.
Let's drop the pseudoscience.
I would point out that the 'natural' food angle is one of the LEADING angles used by supp companies to market vitamins and minerals. You've seen them..the very expensive ones claiming to be made from real food and contain natural something or other. They say that your body is INCAPABLE of using vitamins unless they are in "food". Hogwash. You know one of the first lines of treatment is for common rat poisons? Massive doses of vitamin K. Both a big injection and several large vitamin K supplement doses a day for weeks. Guess what…it can and does "work".