VitaminsIt is estimated that about 10-15% of people regularly use vitamin supplements. However, the specialists are warning us that having excessive amounts of vitamin pills and supplements, including antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, will not increase our lifespan but can be harmful to our body. The specialists came to such conclusions after analyzing a number of relevant studies of the properties of synthesized vitamins.

The findings of this summarizing study, were published two years ago in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It was carried out by the International Cochrane Hepato-Biliary Group at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, and the experts  say that only natural phyto-vitamins which we can receive from natural foods like fruit and veggies are useful to our body. The Danish experts claim that using synthesized vitamins in excessive amounts can  increase the risks of having certain diseases and even the risks of premature death.

In particular, people who regularly take artificial vitamin E have 4% higher risks of premature death, those who take beta carotene have 7% higher risks, and those who take Vitamin A have 16% higher risks of premature death. These conclusions were made after studying the results of 47 researches of various institutions, which involved  181,000 participants. “The main message is that prevention by beta carotene, vitamin A and vitamin E cannot be recommended. These three antioxidant supplements may increase mortality,” Dr. Christian Gluud, a leader of the University of Copenhagen research team says.

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