Can Vitamins Reduce the Risk of Illness?

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Can Vitamins Reduce the Risk of Illness?


Do vitamins actually decrease the risk of illness? This is a question that has been asked for decades. On one end of the spectrum there are those who say that if you have a healthy diet, you don't need any vitamins.On the other end, are those who megadose vitamins on a daily basis. The answer is probably somewhere in the middle.

Vitamins are defined as essential nutrients that are required in minute amounts. Vitamins play very important roles in almost all metabolic processes and without vitamins life as we know it would not exist.The consumption of vitamin-rich foods to treat medical conditions dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Interest in vitamins and other essential nutrients really took off in the late 1800s up to the early 1900s. The first vitamin isolated was vitamin C. Paradoxically, vitamin C is not really a vitamin because the body requires vitamin C in large amounts. After that a number of the B vitamins were identified because they reversed and prevented specific illnesses.

Vitamins are divided into water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins. Each vitamin is associated with a specific, index medical condition.

For many years, the FDA has suggested a daily recommended amount of vitamins. Most people, including many physicians, feel that all you need is to achieve this daily recommended amount in order to reach optimal health. …

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