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Old 04-24-2012, 10:55 AM   #10
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And now from the view from Skepticville, population: me.

There's another thread on this topic on MAB where I cite the research papers on this. I'm firmly of the opinion that virtually no one healthy with a reasonably balanced diet needs supplemental vitamins. Well OK, except pregnant women - they need folic acid for sure.

With regards to performance enhancement for bodybuilders:

Over the last few years, a number of studies have shown supplemental vitamins decreasing recovery in athletes. It's not clear why this should be; possibly larger amounts disrupt regular metabolic pathways.


With regard to general health:


The Cochrane Review of the available scientific literature concludes that there is no firm evidence vitamin supplements do any good, and some evidence that they may cause harm.

My advice:

Concentrate on your diet, throw your multivits in the trash and save yourself some money. If you're determined to take them, at least go for a low dosage brand, paying particular attention to the amount of beta-carotene (if it's in there, you want as low as possible).
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