Vitamins: Too Much Of A Not-so-good Thing?

Vita Health Recalls Numerous “Over-the-Counter” Products Because of Labelling Errors

Vitamins and supplements, representing about a $27 billion industry , are necessary to convert food into energy, but it’s possible to take them in excess, Offit said. For instance, it’s not uncommon to hear of someone taking 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C, but that’s about the same amount in 14 oranges. “Vitamins live under this notion that you can’t possibly hurt yourself,” he said. “But you can, by challenging Mother Nature and taking these vitamins and concentrating them to these exceptionally large quantities that you would never normally eat.” Opinion: Alternative healing or quackery?
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Dr. Paul Offit says everyone should be more skeptical about taking large doses of vitamins.

FRIDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthDay News) — Nutritional supplements are popular among Americans but people need to educate themselves and use caution when using these products to try to reduce their risk of cancer , says a University of Texas expert. “Researchers are still unsure about whether or not minerals, herbs and other plants taken in pill, capsule, tablet or liquid form actually prevent cancer,” Sally Scroggs, health education manager at the Cancer Prevention Center at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Medical Center, said in a news release from the center.
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The products include “over-the-counter” and a natural health product such as anti-inflammatory, cold and flu, allergy and sinus, and acetaminophen medications. Vita Health is reviewing its product labels and putting actions in place to address the labelling issues. Health Canada has not received any information suggesting the quality of the products on the list below is affected. If you have used or purchased a Vita Health product and are concerned about its impact on your health, please consult your healthcare practitioner. Consumers are also encouraged to return the product to the place of purchase or call Vita Health at 1-800-665-8820, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.
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