Dietary Supplements: is the Vitamins Cult one of the Biggest Scam of the Century?

Why do we think that we need supplements?

vitamins in a bowl
Is the vitamins cult one of the biggest scam of the century?

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what’s typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don’t contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.

The vitamin industry had a 2.8 billion dollars increase in the United States in 2010 while the dietary supplements market reached 11 billion euros in Europe in 2011.

Dr Paul Offit, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, published a paper that has shaken the reputation benefits of vitamin C… read The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements, The Atlantic, 19 July 2013.

2 thoughts on “Dietary Supplements: is the Vitamins Cult one of the Biggest Scam of the Century?”

  1. As a Clinical Nutritionist, I have often stood alone in my belief that supplements of any kind, for any reason, are just wrong. I am delighted that some research is backing up what I have found in practice and know intuitively….these synthetic nutrients are just bad news and create more problems then they solve. Our health is an ecosystem – and to me, plastic bottles full of little tablets kind of stand out in nature!!

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