You got to wonder if you are popping vitamins every day if they are really working. This article in the New York Times takes a look at the incredible number of people who take vitamins without proof they really work. Are you a vitamin popper because if so, you won’t want to miss this.
“More than half of Americans take vitamin supplements, including 68 percent of those age 65 and older, according to a 2013 Gallup poll. Among older adults, 29 percent take four or more supplements of any kind, according to a Journal of Nutrition study published in 2017.
Often, preliminary studies fuel irrational exuberance about a promising dietary supplement, leading millions of people to buy in to the trend. Many never stop. They continue even though more rigorous studies — which can take many years to complete — almost never find that vitamins prevent disease, and in some cases cause harm.