Gummy Vitamins May Be Dangerous To Your Health

December 6, 2017

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One of the most popular vitamin supplements may be hazardous to your health.  A recent test of gummy vitamins found a vast majority do not provide the body with the proper nutrients.  The test of 50 different multivitamins found that 80% of gummy multivitamins did not meet the standards of dietary supplements. Twelve of the multivitamins contained 24% fewer nutrients than what was listed on the labels and as high as 157% more than listed. In particular gummy multivitamins failed the most.  Of the 5 varieties tested, 4 failed so miserably that there is a concern they are doing more harm than good.  First off, 3 of the 5 gummies were lacking in 8 to ten of the nutrients listed on the bottle and 4 of the 5 gummies contained too much vitamin A, which is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning the body stores it in the liver and other organs and will not be digested as easily as other water soluble vitamins. Too much of these fat soluble vitamins can cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, joint-pain and heart disease.  Mixed in with the fact that gummy vitamins taste like candy, it is easy for people and children to overeat them which could result in a dangerous overdose of vitamins. Considering multivitamins are considered "Dietary Supplements" by the FDA, there is little oversight and no approval needed nor does the agency need to approve or inspect vitamins sold in the United States. A measure of safety is to look for the designation "USP" on the label. A multivitamin that meets the requirements of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) meets the standards and ensures the product is pure and actually contains the listed ingredients. It is also a very good idea to consult your doctor to discuss the issue.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Consumer Lab & WebMD

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