I never did believe in the hype and I didn't ever feel any better when I did take them -- so I don't and will train for six months and circle this island without taking any vitamin, mineral or herbal supplements. I know quite a few extreme athletes who don't take any either. I eat well, that's all. I'll go over my diet in a post this weekend but for now, no, I don't take any vitamin supplements. That is my experience as a professional lifeguard, an athlete and a guy in his forties who has no health problems. But I did say, didn't I, that I would back up such things with some experts and real scientific/medical research?
The American Cancer Society website is a incredible resource. Lots of research by medical and scientific types who have a list of credentials too long to mention here. One conclusion they came to after spending many millions of dollars is that supplements don't help in preventing cancer or in mitigating its effects. However, they say that a diet high in vitamin rich foods (fresh fruits and vegetables), a low animal fat diet and lots of exercise is your best bet. Take some time to check out their website linked below.
"We recommend that healthy people get adequate nutrients by eating a variety of foods in moderation, rather than by taking supplements." That one I got from the American Heart Association website. Seems they too have spent big bucks researching the vitamin supplement approach and don't think much of it either. They too, recommend a low animal fat diet with lots of fruit, vegetables and exercise. Check out their very informative website below.
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