The Disturbing Truth about Vitamin Supplements – Sharp Science

We’ve all heard the same spiel for years. Vitamin C to treat a cold. Biotin for beautiful hair. Calcium to make your bones strong. Vitamin B12 for superhuman energy. Vitamin companies say they’re making you healthier by giving you nutrients that you probably aren’t getting from your diet. But is this just another marketing ploy intent on getting you hooked and robbing you blind? I’m looking at you, GOOP. Just look at these, there’s so many. So this says eye vitamin and mineral supplement, it has
vitamin A in it. They’re still promoting the fact that vitamin A will help you get better
eyesight which is proven to not be true. Cognizin assists with attention, begins working in about 60 minutes. Is this proven? Did you know more than two-thirds of Americans take
dietary supplements each year. And according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, dietary supplements are $122 billion industry. There are even vitamin start ups now that
determine whether you’re stressed or tired and give you herbal or vitamin supplements
to cater to individual needs. I actually have a few friends here at Mashable who swear by their multivitamins. Let’s go talk to them. – I actually just started taking multivitamins
in the last month. I feel so much better. I actually feel better. I feel like when I
would normally be getting sick. If I’m going really hard and working my butt off normally
I would feel terrible. But I feel fine. – I take several multivitamins. I have vitamin
B, vitamin E. I have a energy supplement that I take. I do biotin and vitamin C, and all
that fun stuff. – So, I’m pregnant right now. And so I take
two things. I take a multivitamin for prenatal. And then I also take a fish oil DHA, which
is supposed to promote brain health. – So I have a problem where I take like 30
vitamins a day. And I’m a huge sucker for things like this, where they package your
vitamins for you. But I also bring my own into the office. – So it’s pretty clear that people are convinced
that their multivitamins are making them healthier. And I confess, I take a multivitamin every
day and I think I don’t get sick as much. But I couldn’t help but wonder, is it really the
vitamins or a placebo effect? You know what, this calls for an expert’s point of view. – A lot of patient ask me this question about
what supplements they should be taking or if they should be taking any supplements.
The most frustrating question for me, as a clinician, is when patients ask me if they
should be taking high doses of vitamin C to prevent the common cold. But the truth is
that there’s no evidence that shows that vitamin C decreases the duration of an illness. In
fact, it actually is more likely to make your stomach upset. It’s difficult to know that
what you’re taking is actually what they brand it to be. The FDA is mandated to regulate
pharmaceutical drugs that are on the market as well as the food that we can buy at the
supermarkets. But they don’t have strict regulations on the supplements that are on the shelves.
The only thing they require is the name of the supplement and a disclaimer saying that
it has not been tested or evaluated by the FDA. Right now they operate on an honor code
and a lot of the time it’s not until something goes wrong that they do some inspection, find
out that what they have branded the supplemental to be actually doesn’t exist. So, there are
absolutely certain conditions that I recommend my patients to take supplements, women who
are around the age of menopause, if you have certain diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative
colitis, women who have heavy menstrual periods should be taking supplements. If you’re on
certain medications it reduces your absorption of other nutrients. Here are some other ways
you can get these vitamins without taking supplements. – Eat an orange. – Get some sunlight. – Eggs and soybeans. – Milk, cheese, butter. – Yogurt. – Lean meat. – Carrots and sweet potatoes. Trust me when
I say that if you have a good diet with a lot of whole grains, greenly vegetables, citrus
fruits and lean meats that you do not need to take any supplements. In fact, it has the
potentials to do more harm than good. – At the end of the day, if taking a multivitamin
really does make you feel a little healthier, is it really that bad? Yes, it’s bad! Since
the FDA isn’t going to do the work for us and determine if the label is correct, we
really don’t know what goes in these vitamins. Supplements are one of many things that experts
really you want you to do your research on because it might be a matter of life or death. -Taylor, no! -What the hell? – So the next time you grab an Emergen-C or
an Airborne, just know that if you have a healthy diet, you really don’t need it. Follow
the evidence, especially with stuff that you put in your temple of a body. You deserve it.

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83 thoughts on “The Disturbing Truth about Vitamin Supplements – Sharp Science

  1. Wow. I disagree partially. Supplements have their place but like their name…they supplement a healthy diet. There are ways to become educated about the best companies and types of supplements to take. But they do work if done so with wisdom.

  2. I feel like half of these videos you put out to "reveal the truth" are half baked. Like how others have said they supplement a diet. If your diet isn't supplying the vitamins and minerals you need well supplements now hear me out SUPPLEMENT your diet. They aren't magic pills they are assistants. Extra vitamins either don't help because you piss the extra or could have adverse effects.

  3. I take vitamins in case I'm not getting the right nutrients or enough nutrients. It's the only reason to take them and it's a very valid reason.

  4. Dear Mashable, please stop making dumb "science" videos with very little science in them. I'm not pro or anti supplement. I thought I would watch this to learn something, maybe there was a new scientific study, or any hard science… but this video was severely lacking in any useful information. I actually feel dumber after watching this.

  5. YOu know what, you're right. My male body is a temple. Imma stop tainting it with the penis of other men. Homosexuality is wrong! Thanks Mashable.

  6. Didnt realize I accidentally ended up in Mashable, but since im Here.. Magnesium, Zinc, even Potassium!
    It's damn difficult to maintain a proper diet these days; particularly on a BUDGET! (ex. imagine the college kid surviving on Ramen & cornchips etc). Sure, you'll get vitametaveggiemens that support major structural growth etc so ya dont look like a starvin-Marvin. However You often like in things which are vital to both

  7. For all those coming here for Actual biological food science.. try that SciShow Space episode "That Time Apollo 16 astronauts got the farts" You'll likely learn more in 5 mikes about how our biochemistry works then probably hours of 'Mashable'.
    Not to mention the dangers of such massive amounts of Sodium we consume in most typical diets without the balance of Potassium!

  8. This was interesting, but another video about why vitamins aren't as good as say natural food would be cool- Like what are vitamins actually made out of and how are they processed into pills – and why ramifications that could have on our bodies? (If there is any research on that). I genuinely keen to know as my parents take vitamins and fish oil daily

  9. I'm honestly not sure if I can trust the pretty blonde…

    She told me to consume milk, cheese and butter for calcium but those are extremely low sources of calcium even with it artificially added, which would still be considered a supplement…

    If you want to get lots of calcium you should eat greens. The darker the green the more calcium is a good rule of thumb . (Natural green, not Jello green)

    Just felt like adding that bit for anyone who cares. Being lactos intolorent I can't eat those things and was worried about not getting enough calcium in my diet. Found out through research those are extremely inefficient souces of it anyway.

    Good luck!

  10. No regulation so…that pill could be anything and as long as it doesn't hurt someone they make money? Now I'm more skeptical than ever.

  11. I think overtaking vitamins while pregnant is what promotes autism. Get a blood test done and only take vitamins if it showd you need it.

  12. So, basically, avoid those bogus "cure-all" multi vits and eat a healthy diet like a normal human. The supplements are just meant to help with any imbalances in your system, should only be consumed if your doctor advises you need a bit more of a particulat nutrient.

  13. This is really interesting, the video shows a doctor which I suppose, has more knowledge on the subject than most of us, and here below comments you can still see people the are not happy with what she said, many still prefer to believe the snake oil salesmen that gives them the “magic potion”.
    And for those that say “this video is not really scientific or complete” i just want to note that this is “JUST A YOUTUBE VIDEO” if one wants to know more you go and read scientific papers starting maybe with something as easy as Wikipedia where you will learn first of al how difficult it is to prove scientifically those marketing bullshit claims and you also could learn to differentiate the language of scientist from that of a snake oil salesmen

  14. wow no wonder why my nails grow crazy fast because I eat at least 2 eggs everyday, makes sense and I dont take vitamins.

  15. Yes! This is absoutly true. There isn't a strict check on the supplement industry!. That being said, My family and I take Nutrilite Vitamins as they are made from cerfined organic farms and are tested by the NSF. I stand by them. Secondly, I love how the doctor happily advised to eat actual food to fill the nutritional gap BUT this guy and the doctor DID NOT point out the kind of fruits and veg and meat we get in the market!. Food that is injected with steroids, hormones and other chemicals!. Food in the today's markets DON'T contain the nutirtion they once used to! That is why there is a nutritional gap PEOPLE!!! unless u can aford to go ORGANIC all the way, u won't feel your best!. I love taking double x and other vitamins cuz they smell like your garden and made form CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMS!! My family's physicals come out clean by the grace of God! and I believe
    Nutrilite supplements have a big hand in keep us healthy!

  16. lol what a shitty ass video. like do some fucking research before making a video on something you know nothing about

  17. You definitely need supplements, no matter how well you eat. Food is becoming more And more depleted of nutrients. And you can actually determine if a supplement has been tested by a third party, by calling the company that makes the supplement(number is on the label) and ask if they can give you a "certificate of analysis" if they can't, don't buy it

  18. Its just about synthetic or organic supplements, why not you drink milk, etc etc and eat carrots and oranges everyday?

  19. Oct 17 2012. Journal of the American medical association. 15,000 male physicians followed for 11 years. Those who took multivitamin had 8% reduction in number of cancers they developed.

  20. If you live in someplace that’s rainy or has long dark winters, vitamin d pills are a must. Even doctors recommend them to avoid vitamin d deficiency.

  21. Fuck people are so brainwashed, taking multiple supplements a day, eat a balanced plant based diet and you won't need supplements because you are eating everything straight from the source with the antioxidants, fiber and polyphenols as well.

    The western diet is why the supplement industry is so big, nobody needed supplements in the past because people ate a mostly plant based diet, eating all the colours and types of the plant kingdom which give you everything you need in large quantities, but these days everybody eats meat, dairy and eggs for every meal with little or no plants which promote disease and don't give you the necessary vitamins and mineral the body needs instead of eating a mixture of plants.

    There are 90 vitamins and minerals the body needs and animal products contain very little of these, hence why millions get sick from deficiencies and die from eating them. Animal products cause 13/15 of the leading causes of death on the planet, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke being at the top. Eating these animal products causes these problems and on top don't give you the necessary vitamins and minerals the body needs anyway.

  22. It is almost impossible in Today's diet to consume certain types of vital nutrition up to optimal doses unless you eat crazy amounts. Therefore supplementation is almost necessary. This video is ridiculous, sorry.

  23. Absolutely wrong about supplements. Even the Doctor is wrong.

  24. More facts for you to draw your own conclusions.

  25. Mashable fear mongering. You would think if the supplement industry is a $122 billion industry and unregulated by the FDA, there would be millions upon millions of people contaminating themselves with unregulated supplements…but theirs not. People are fine

  26. its proven that vitamins and minerals in pill form are working, go check ppls whos researching this for living like Dr Rhoda Patrick

  27. I loves the Supplement Made by Natures Brands Phyto vitamins series,Those all are organically made with real fruits and Vegetables and veggie capsules as well all are non GMO,Completely chemical Free.
    I absolutely recommend their Supplements.This is the company is also a pioneering Organic health and Wellness products in USA since 1995

  28. A single Vitamin never works. The magic is in the synergy of Vitamins and Minerals. Do not study or research by taking a single vitamin or mineral to check its results. This is not a pharma drug to take individually and test. This is vitamins and minerals and are true gift from nature. They work together.

    Try to eat as healthy food as possible (organic). If you feel that something is missing from your diet, try to take high quality organic complex nutrition supplement. It''s as simple as that. You are the only one who can understand about your body very well. Period!

  29. Supplements are fine to take in order to boost the intake of certain compounds, like zinc, magnesium, potassium, copper, b vitamins etc. They are not designed to replace a healthy diet, which is even conveniently written on the labels of vitamin supplements. Stop eating processed crap junk at Mcdonalds etc and start eating proper whole foods and maybe you won't have any nutrient deficiency.

  30. I don’t get why chicks love that vitamin shit. Next time you’re in a vitamin store ask for pure caffeine (not that fake ass guarana shit). I guarantee they won’t have any. Entire Isles dedicated to energy supplements that don’t actually work and not one bottle of pure caffeine tablets. Why? Because it’s dirt cheap and actually works… you pop two 100mg pills of pure caffeine in the morning with some orange juice and you’re unstoppable the rest of the day. Vitamins are a complete fucking scam. If you wanna get sick less keep your testosterone high.

  31. So why do pregnant women have to take prenatal vitamins? If it’s useless as you and that physician say..

  32. this video lacks facts badly and shouldn't we all want to know what companies are selling fake supplements and vitamins? im sure many sit on Walmart walgreens krogers shelfs as we speak. naïve ignorant and apathetic sum up the people of this earth very nicely. not to mention that some vitiamin companies are choosing to use harmfull additives when theres less harmfull additives that are just as cheap. so why are they choosing to use harmfull additives??

  33. The doctor wants Your Business, Stay away from wellness and health, use this "drug" today for your headache.

  34. I am a little confused. Around 3:00, she said that there is little to no oversight or investigation into some supplements "until something goes wrong." yet you followed it up with saying that she "absolutely" recommends that some patients with colitis, menopause and other issues take supplements. Then, she recommends that people look to other sources like sunlight, orange juice and yogurt. Get back to the thing about recommending something to patients even though there is little to no data in some cases – that would backup your recommendation. Wearing that coat, people are going to you as the person with the knowledge to make decisions, so they don't have to. It feels like she is throwing menu recommendations out without knowing anything about the people eating the food.

  35. Been taking Coq10 and Fish oil Omega-3 for a few years now. It may have saved my life. Brought my cholesterol down from 235 to 160. Hey, some stuff does the job. I take a daily vitamin once in a while and do notice extra pep.

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