We all know that the key for a longer and healthier life is to have a balanced diet, to move your body, quit smoking, drink water, sleep enough and be mindful. But we are always looking for some shortcuts to compensate with what we don’t do. One of them is taking supplements in need to get more energy and be healthier.
Fang Fang Zhang, a senior study author, and professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University says that they haven’t found an associate on between taking supplements and a lower risk of death; getting nutrients from food is the key.
The study explains that some supplements can harm the body. For example, calcium taken in high doses (more than 1,000 mg/day) can increase the risk of cancer death. On the other hand, the calcium taken from food doesn’t have the same effect.
Nutrients From Food Increase Lifespan, Not Those From Supplements
Moreover, the same thing applies to the intake of vitamin D without any sign of vitamin D deficiency, can lead to cancer. All the data was gathered from a national health survey between 1999 and 2010, from more than 30,000 adults in the U.S. with a minimum age of 20 years.
The participants at the study were monitored for six years, regarding their food intake and supplements. By the end, 945 people from the survey had died of heart disease, while 805 died from cancer. Also, after the study, Tufts scientists have found that an adequate amount of vitamins k, magnesium, vitamin A, Zinc or Copper through food, helps to reduce the risk of early death.
To sum up, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics warns that supplements taken in excess can lead to health issues. It is recommended that everyone should take the nutrients from healthy food.