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Why You Should Consider Vitamin Supplements

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/25/2007 | Fitness

It is a known fact that vitamins are essential to good health. In a perfect world we would obtain all needed vitamins directly from the food we eat on a daily basis. However, because this is not reality for many individuals, there are some convincing reasons to consider taking vitamin supplements.

Vitamins can help us overcome our lifestyle problems. On the whole, we are not very responsible when it comes to healthy habits. Many people play with their lives by smoking an endless number of cigarettes, drinking alcohol to excess and live in suffocated air-conditioned homes without ever considering the harm that they unknowingly invite into their lives. By taking vitamin C every day, some of these negative effects may be counteracted.

Women in particular have special vitamin needs related to both osteoporosis and pregnancy issues. Although men can also have osteoporosis, it tends to attack women more and cause them greater suffering. By supplementing with calcium on a daily basis, much of the risk for osteoporosis can be offset. For women who are pregnant or considering having children, folic acid is an essential supplement. This B vitamin can prevent birth defects such as Spina Bifida in newborn babies.

Men have issues as well that can be fought through proper vitamin intake. Cardiovascular problems are thought to be reduced by taking vitamin E supplements. They are believed to play an important role in keeping the blood pressure and cholesterol levels low in most males aged forty and over. Keeping the arteries clean is an important factor in preventing heart attacks and vitamin E has been shown in research studies to accomplish this task.

Dieters have special supplementation needs of their own. Many young girls diet on a regular basis and consume far to few calories to accommodate their vitamin needs. While the wisdom of going on particular weight loss diets is a topic for another discussion, anyone on such a diet should look to vitamin supplements to avoid malnutrition and other maladies. Inadequate nutrition and vitamin supplementation can cause a person to be vulnerable to various ailments and a weakened immune system

Another great reason to consider vitamin supplementation is the potential cancer prevention some vitamins are believed to provide. Research has suggested that vitamin E and vitamin A prevents skin cancer. Many studies in recent years have found that other types of cancers can be similarly prevented by taking certain vitamins.

While there is never a fail proof plan when it comes to vitamin supplementation, the evidence does suggest that risk may be reduced and conditions may be improved through vitamin supplementation. Due to all of the possible benefits, supplementation is definitely worth considering.