More than a third of all Americans take a multivitamin daily, according to the National Institute of Health, and it’s possible to get virtually every vitamin the human body needs in supplement form. Many of us include them in our daily routines in the pursuit of making our immune systems and other bodily functions stronger.
Science is also still discovering many things about vitamin supplements and how they may help or hinder health, including the genetics that means some of us to respond differently to others.
Here are some quickfire facts about vitamins, their history, and their impact on human health.
1. Women Played An Important Role In The Discovery Of Many Vitamins
When you’re taking your daily vitamin, you may have the handiwork of a female scientist in your hands.
2. Daily Doses Of Vitamins From Food Rather Than Pills Are Linked To Longer Life
It’s important to remember that vitamins are meant to be ingested through food — or, in the case of vitamin D, absorbed through sunlight on the skin — rather than given through pills in healthy people.
3. Experts Say You Should Look To Diet First To Fix Vitamin Deficiencies
If you’re experiencing a deficiency in a vitamin, you may be tempted to run for the supplement aisle — but fixing your diet first is actually the proper step, say experts.
4. Vitamin K2 Could Help Bone Density In Older Women
Post-menopausal women should take vitamin K2 to help with their bone mineral density, as they might help with reducing bone injuries and fractures, according to studies collected by Healthline.
5. Studies Have Found That Daily Multivitamins Aren’t Necessary For Most People’s Hearts
Multivitamins aren’t going to help your heart out. That’s the latest news from a series of studies in 2018, which concluded that daily multivitamins didn’t reduce risk of heart disease, stroke or heart attacks, and didn’t seem to affect heart health in general at all.
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