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Research concludes vitamins provide no health benefit

Research concludes vitamins provide no health benefit

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - More than half of adults in the United States take some sort of multi-vitamin. A recent editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at several studies over 12 years which included more than half a million people. Researchers concluded vitamins provide no significant health benefit.

A morning routine for many Americans starts with a dose of vitamins and supplements.

Josh Bush is a sergeant at the Jefferson County Jail.

"Cops are known not to eat very healthily," said Bush.

His 12 hour shifts and a diet filled with fast food left him tired with little energy.

"I was getting most of my energy from caffeinated drinks," said Bush.

He tried over the counter multi-vitamins like One-A-Day-Men's, but he said they didn't make a difference. It wasn't until he started taking Doterra Vitamins that he noticed a change.

"It's a complete turnaround for me. I'm able to go to the gym to work a 12 hour shift," said Bush.

Store manager at Complete Nutrition in Ammon agreed how people feel depends on the type of vitamin you take.

"In the gummies what tends to happen is usually the saliva and the stomach acid will take away from the benefits of that multi vitamin because you're destroying it by the time your body breaks it down," said Coranado.

He suggested reading labels carefully and looking for vitamins with a specific coating.

"What we have is ones that are capsulized with BioPerine shell so you absorb most of the multivitamin an you're not letting the stomach acid tackle away from most of that," said Coranado.

Dietician Debra Osburn at Mountain View Hospital agreed looking at labels is important.

"A lot of the vitamins have 300-400% of what the daily requirement is. We just need the 100 percent of our daily diet, everything else just gets flushed down the toilet," said Osburn.

She said for the average person on a healthy diet, vitamin supplements are likely not necessary.

 "If we're eating a variety of different types of vegetables and using a variety of color on our plate we should be getting adequate intake just from our diet alone," said Osburn.

Osburn said most people in Idaho are Vitamin-D deficient. Foods like eggs, mushrooms contain vitamin-D. Many cereals and milk are also fortified with it.

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