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The Truth About Vitamins and Heart Health

Vitamins: The good, the bad and the cure-all for turning around that rather unhealthy lifestyle. While nearly half of U.S. adults take a daily dietary supplement—a total cost of around $28 billion a year, new studies are leaving many of us questioning whether vitamins are really as beneficial to our health as we would like to believe. 

The Power of a Pill

If you are looking for a solution to cure joint pain, headaches and genetic disorders, excess vitamins and minerals will not treat your ailments. It is widely believed that the daily consumption of a multi-vitamin has the power to make up for an unhealthy lifestyle and bad diet regimen. A study conducted by The Journal of the American Medical Association found that taking additional supplements did not appear to negatively impact the body.

Although it is important to prevent deficiencies of important vitamins and minerals to inhibit acute diseases and illnesses such as scurvy and pellagra, ingesting excess fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K do have the potential to be stored and could pose dangers of toxicity.

Heart Disease Prevention

Researchers have tirelessly studied the effects of vitamin and dietary supplemental consumption on preventative health complications having to do with the body’s most complex organ—the heart.

According to Dr. David B. Samadi, Vice Chairman of the Department of Urology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, “If you are already getting the recommended amount of nutrients by eating a variety of fruit, vegetables, cereals, dairy, and protein, there’s little, if any, additional benefit from ingesting nutritional supplements.”

The findings from the years of research did, in fact, suggest that vitamin-takers are more susceptible to exercising, eating right and resisting habits harmful to health such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Why? Because healthy “users” are more likely to take the supplements to assist in diet, exercise and leading a heart-healthy lifestyle.

The American Heart Association has also researched this topic. The advice: Eating a variety of nutritionally rich foods such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits will offer the same heart-healthy benefits as taking vitamins and other supplements.

Before beginning a supplemental routine, talk to your physician about whether or not it is right for you.  For heart health concerns, contact the Long Island Heart Associates today or request a consultation.

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