Are Vitamins and Supplements Worth it?

One of the paradoxes in a consumer society like ours, is that to lose weight, to remove something, we are typically instructed to do so by consuming something else.

It’s just how we’re taught: got a problem? Buy something to fix it.

A lot of folks think that they can fix their crappy diet by popping vitamins and supplements. I for one. Until perhaps 6 months ago, I would take a handful of supplements, including:

  1. a multivitamin without iron
  2. COQ 10
  3. Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Acetyl L-Carnitine
  4. Magnesium
  5. Fish Oil
  6. Calcium+D
  7. Vitamin E
  8. Selenium
  9. GarlicMax
  10. Ginseng

At one point I was using old prescription medicine bottles, and due to the fact that some on the list needed to be taken in multiples, I sometimes could not fit all of a day’s supplements in a single bottle.

But then I stopped taken them completely. Here was my concern at the time: I had read a very good book by the name ‘Swindled’, which described the food adulteration problems in England in the 1800s and in the US later into the 1900s. I do not want to do the book discredit by giving it a review, but I’ll note just one example (out of dozens and dozens described in this wonderfully written history) that comes to mind. Continue reading “Are Vitamins and Supplements Worth it?”