It may sound a bit like nutritional sacrilege to many a Vitamin popping American, but a new study suggests as a culture we’ve overdosed on nutritional supplements. Indeed, Emory University researcher Donald P. McCormick implies in his new study that the majority of people could eliminate their need for vitamins by just eating a healthier diet. He also disagrees with some recent research which suggests older adults need to take two multivitamins a day to meet their nutritional needs.
McCormick analyzed 12 current studies on vitamin deficiencies in older adults and with a few exceptions, found taking supplements is unnecessary. For example, he notes most seniors don’t need to take extra vitamins unless they have medical issues which impact how they absorb or metabolize or swallow food. The findings were reported recently in the journal Advances in Nutrition.