Ramona’s Trainer: “Vitamins will Kill You!”

By Peter San Nicolas

I recently ran across an article explaining that multivitamins were actually bad for your health and actually cause some deaths in this particular study!

CBS News reports that this was a 19-year study involving 39,000 women with an average age of 62. The study looked at B6, Folic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc and Copper and stated that the women took at least one pill containing these ingredients.

The study showed an increased risk of death associated with iron, yet the deaths were not directly linked to the supplementation. This was also a self-reporting study and considered someone to be a user of multi’s if they took one pill once every six month! OK, are we seeing some flaws in this study yet?

Let’s first take a look at what JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) says about taking multivitamins in its article, Vitamins for Chronic Disease Prevention in Adults, Clinical Applications:

“We recommend that all adults take one multivitamin daily. This practice is justified mainly by the known and suspected benefits of supplemental folate and vitamins B12, B6, and D in preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis and because multivitamins at that dose are safe and inexpensive. It is reasonable to consider a dose of 2 ordinary multivitamins daily in the elderly, specifically because of the high prevalence of suboptimal vitamin B12 and D intake.”

You might say I eat a well-balanced diet of a variety of foods, so I don’t need a vitamin. Yeah, right! First off, most of us eat the same foods daily, so there is lack of variety and, secondly, the foods we eat are just not as rich in nutrients as they once were.

Next time you eat a tomato, notice the lack of color. This can be attributed to over-farming of soil.

“Over-farming is taking too much away from the land and not returning enough back. It can include depleting the soil of nutrients, lowering the water table, loss of soil through erosion (water or wind), among many other things.”*

Studies show that you would have to eat approximately 3,500 calories per day of a wide scope and variety of foods to achieve a decent balance of vitamins and minerals from your diet. To give you an idea, weighing 203 pounds with 185 pounds of lean body mass, I am on my feet 9 hours per day and work out an hour and a half per day. I burn 4,000 calories per day.

Think about your daily activities and take a lean body mass of 140 for men and 100 for women. Eating 3,500 calories per day is going to make you gain 1-2 pounds of fat per week!

The moral of the story is make sure you don’t just read the headlines, but look deeper and check the sources. Don’t do things in excess and always check with a Registered Dietician or qualified Doctor. Be honest with yourself. You are going to have a hard time getting all your vitamins and minerals from your diet, so just make sure you are covered.

Peter San Nicolas, owner of Ramona Fitness Center at 558 Main St., is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified fitness professional titleist and a Performance Institute certified golf fitness professional and owner of Ramona Fitness Center. He may be contacted at 760-789-3500.

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1 Comment for “Ramona’s Trainer: “Vitamins will Kill You!””

  1. Mike

    I am into corporate sales and my job is really stressful as I need to meet sales target every month. I also do all the coordination for all the pending project of my accounts. Not to mention that I also need to send daily admin reports. Being in this kind of job is not easy and I need to beat stress by going to the massage nd have myself be pampered.
    Mary,

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