I remember taking lots of vitamins as a kid, as I suspect plenty of others do, too. Pediatricians recommended it to our parents, and they went out and loaded up on chewy gummies stuffed with as many nutrients as could be fit in a single pill.
Having started so young, it’s easy to continue filling up on these substances as we get older. We stare at the labels, reading off letters and numbers—B-16, B-12, A, B, C, D—like we know what they mean, but we often aren’t exactly sure. When it comes time to buy a product, we usually end up picking the cheapest one or the one with the most ingredients, figuring more is better.
But do we know that to be true? We can get a large order of fries or a 44-ounce drink if we want, but does that really mean it’s better? It’s more we get to consume, sure, but that’s not exactly good for our health. Perhaps the same, then, could be true of vitamins. At a certain point, we’ve had enough.
Taking supplements isn’t necessarily akin to eating greasy, artery-clogging food or too much added sugar in our diets, but because vitamins aren’t high in calories and all most of us ever hear about are their potential benefits, we’ve all assumed “too much of a good thing” doesn’t apply here. Upon closer inspection, however, it does. Too many vitamins could up your risk of lung cancer or heart disease primarily, but it doesn’t necessarily stop there.