Breast Cancer And Supplements: 7 Things You Should Know Before Popping Pills

3. It’s still best to get most of our nutrition from food

In a best-case scenario, we would meet all our needs for vitamins and minerals through a healthy, nutrient-dense diet. Nutrients are generally best absorbed when they are consumed in their whole-food form, and if you are getting a healthy diet extra supplements may simply be a waste of money. There are times when nutrition needs can’t be met through diet alone, and it’s those cases when supplements may be helpful.

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4. Natural does not always equal safe

Poison oak is natural. Some arsenic occurs naturally in soil. It doesn’t mean that we want to go around brewing these things into a new-fangled elixir. That’s not to say that consuming more natural products is a bad idea, but be aware that sometimes the word “natural” is more a marketing tactic than anything else. According to , the most important question to ask is not “Is this natural?” but “Will this benefit my health?”

5. No need to eat boatloads of vitamins!

More is not always better. Taking mega-doses of vitamins may increase cancer risk, and any vitamins taken in excess can potentially cause health hazards. A 2010 study that found a positive correlation between taking vitamins and lower breast cancer recurrence noted that the large majority of those studied (85 percent) took dosages much lower than those found in mega-dose vitamins.

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