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Can a Vitamin Be a Cure-All?

Can a Vitamin Be a Cure-All?

It would be a lovely if a vitamin could help aid in the alleviation of certain diseases and conditions, like arthritis and depression. In fact, new drugs to hit the market claim that they can do just that—help people meet nutritional needs that are lost as a result of taking prescription medications. But the debate still stands about whether or not such vitamins can live up to their reputations.

Doctors claim there is some support that shows med-specific multivitamins can help people who are taking prescription drugs. For example, studies show that as many as 30% of people who take metformin, a diabetes medication, have decreased absorption of vitamin B12. This means then, that a B12 supplement may be in order for such a patient.

However, the problem lies in the fact that not everyone who takes a medication will see the nutritional deficiencies that are sometimes linked to that drug. And even more so, say doctors, supplements will not always work for people who do experience a deficiency.

What’s more, experts say the best case scenario may just be to replace less nutritious foods with food items that are more suited for healthy living.

The bottom line: Be sure to have a chat with your doctor about side effects that may come along with taking supplements. [Eating Well]

Posted: 6/2/08