Do vitamin and mineral supplements actually work?

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  1. Sottway profile image69
    Sottwayposted 12 years ago

    Do vitamin and mineral supplements actually work?

  2. Leaderofmany profile image62
    Leaderofmanyposted 12 years ago

    I am no doctor, but I think that they work with the proper usage.

    1. artist101 profile image60
      artist101posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I agree

  3. Pollyannalana profile image60
    Pollyannalanaposted 12 years ago

    Yes they do! It is important to get as much as you can from foods but some you just cannot and I can really tell a difference when I go a few days forgetting my supplements! Big time.

  4. melpor profile image91
    melporposted 12 years ago

    Yes, vitamins and minerals do work. Here are two simple proofs. If you are deficient in vitamin C you will suffer from scurry. This is an ailment many early sea explorers experienced during their voyages across the ocean without citrus fruits for long periods aboard their ships. That ailment disappeared once they started including citrus in their provisions.

    The another obvious one is osteoporosis. If you are deficient in the mineral calcium you will suffer from this ailments and children manifest it in their leg bones. Their leg bones are generally curved because their bones are soft due to low calcium levels in the body. There are too many proofs to list here that the intake of vitamins and mineral supplements do work. The problem is that too many people take more than they need to and that create other problems in the body.

  5. katrinasui profile image41
    katrinasuiposted 12 years ago

    Yes of-course! Its important to take food on daily basis which have different vitamins and minerals.

  6. hankcooper profile image47
    hankcooperposted 12 years ago

    No they don't, my uncle was a scientist at Lipton's in the late sixties. He experimented on thousands of chemicals in our foods and prescription medicines that can kill people. When he brought it to the attention of his higher ups they told to be quiet. My uncle is dead now but his papers are still with us, and I see everything he warned us about is true, just look at the cancer rates! Just eat healthy foods with the REAL vitamins instead of the crap you may think is good for you.

  7. Cara.R profile image64
    Cara.Rposted 12 years ago

    I think they do, I have seen it work. My ex ended up get a hip replacement at 28yrs old. In the mean time he was in a lot of pain. He was popping ibuprofen like they were M&M's. Couldn't even walk through the mall. So my sister and I went to our local co-op and looked up hip pain and purchased Glucosamine. Way before it was being advertised on television. In a month of taking it he had no pain. No more ibuprofen but he still needed the hip replacement, due to a childhood illness, however it worked. Everyone has different body chemistry though, what works for one person might not work for another. Like a workout routine or a diet.

  8. Dolores Cole profile image42
    Dolores Coleposted 12 years ago

    Yes, on some people but not on everyone.I suggest that people ask the doctor if they need them and what kind to recommend.

  9. musclequest profile image60
    musclequestposted 12 years ago

    I belief so,I have been using supplements for years.

  10. jacqui2011 profile image83
    jacqui2011posted 12 years ago

    Yes they definitely do work. You should still try to eat foods which contain vitamins and minerals, but used as a supplement, they will work. I have been taking vitamin and iron supplements for years now and they definitely do help.

  11. MosLadder profile image73
    MosLadderposted 12 years ago

    I was about to ramble off an answer, but thought, 'what a great topic for a hub!' So I wrote a hub about the question; … eally-Work

    Thanks for reading!

  12. SEM Pro profile image83
    SEM Proposted 12 years ago

    Reading through the answers, just want to add that much has been learned and discovered since the '60s and doctors aren't usually knowledgable about nutrition or supplements. With so much info at our fingertips, researching our own bodies and diet is almost imperative with modern challenges depending on where we live and what we choose to eat.

    Beyond vitamin C for example, they've discovered a whey protein isolate that optimizes the immune system by raising glutathione levels - 'bout a million times more effective than Vit C; Glucosamine & Chondroitin with a Qusome delivery system more effective as a topical ointment without having to ingest meds...

    Most of us lack Omega, Flax and choose refined and cooked products that no longer have any minerals or vitamins in them. Lettuce loses its vitamins within 20 minutes or so unless coated with olive oil or such, so every salad from a restaurant is lacking...

    Unless we eat at least 5 organic fruits and veggies daily, fish for the Omega etc. its easier to stay optimally healthy with supplements. Its even possible these days to change even the hereditary diseases we're prone to. Research also shows how much the earth's magnetic system is diminishing but there are magnets we can wear to compensate - scalar energy pendants that protect us from the EMS emitted by cell phones and computers...   All vitamins are not equal either. Clearly, I could go on but have written many hubs on the subject smile))

  13. Admiral_Joraxx profile image67
    Admiral_Joraxxposted 12 years ago

    Yeah as for me they actually works. I believe they do as for my experience. I had once been taking this supplement called the transfer factor and it indeed boost up my immune system tremendously. Thanks for it and all it's creators though just recently my uncle who has been supplying it in our place had cease supplying it.

  14. Will1015 profile image60
    Will1015posted 12 years ago

    Absolutely. These days, most  of us don't have the time to eat 3 balanced meals every day. If your body does not get the proper nutrition if will not function to it's full capacity.

  15. profile image0
    Miss Nasreenposted 12 years ago

    100% your health always depends on vitamin and mineral supplements.

  16. True Cures profile image61
    True Curesposted 12 years ago

    Yes they work but only on a placebo level.  There are two ways to view placebo, the negative view as in gimmick or the positive way as in the science behind the placebo effect. 

    Everyone harps on the gimmick and NOT one research organization studies the science behind the placebo effect.  The science behind the placebo in regards to vitamin and mineral supplements is the science of the human immune system which cannot be patented or sold therefore is completely disregarded by the whole medical industry including the alternative medicine industry.

    When natural medicine works it is pure placebo which means it is the person's own immune system doing the work.  However because there is no one trained in the art of placebo anymore alternative medicine as become as useless as western medicine when it comes to cures.  There was a time not so long ago when natural practitioners were capable of curing through the science of placebo but now they are all taught to rely on the products not the science.  Granted the best practitioners had no idea their cures where part of the science of placebo which is why they have all become virtually ineffective offering only temporary relief at best.  This is because all natural medicine has become product gadget oriented instead of passion oriented.  At least with passion a person has a better chance of delivering a placebo effect, even one that cures.

    I could make a hub about it and it would leave no room for dispute because I know the science behind the actual immune system but the hub would be a flop because no one wants to see immune science made available because it would destroy the complete medical industry with the exception of trauma.  It would also cause a population explosion. 

    Actual healing requires no technology or products. 

    The vitamins and minerals we need comes from our food and they are helpful but they do not cure or boost immunity without generating a placebo effect.  A sugar pill with a great label will work equally well. 

    Those blaming food for our weakened health do so at the destruction of the truth.  I will say this, the most harmful foods today are any foods containing carbs or sugars and that includes blueberries.  Carbs and sugars feed fungus and fungus kills more people than any other pathogen and I am not speaking of candida, I'm speaking of all the fungus that each and everyone of you is saturated with.

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    bigmoneyonlineposted 12 years ago

    They work if your body needs it. That is , if you lack the necessary levels of vitamins and minerals in the body then supplementation will be beneficial. Common example is iron-deficiency anemia. You lack iron from the diet, so iron supplementation will work for you. Now if you get enough of those in your diet, then supplementation would be a waste of money.

  18. profile image0
    Monik@posted 12 years ago

    Yes, vitamin and mineral supplements actually work. i have seen good results.

  19. BDhire profile image60
    BDhireposted 12 years ago

    Yes its work. before take any vitamin or mineral supplements talk with Doctor.
    I think natural way is more effective. Have vegetable and fruits better than vitamin and mineral supplements

  20. profile image49
    tomasrobert12posted 12 years ago

    We are all conscious of the advantages of vitamin d for your bone tissues and calcium levels. Because of this each and every mum or dad forces its youngster to drink milk frequently due to the vitamin d and calcium mineral in it. Nevertheless, the d vitamin is additionally helpful inside the prevention of some other illnesses and it is very valuable for your overall wellness.
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  21. unknown spy profile image44
    unknown spyposted 11 years ago

    Yes, but when taken into diet only. According to FDA, vit supplement is not recommended unless you have medical illness. Please read more about it on my hub, there are list of foods there rich in vitamins that when taken into diet will have a good result to our body. … atural-Way

  22. artist101 profile image60
    artist101posted 11 years ago

    In my experience with vitamins, minerals, and supplements, I have seen amazing results. From pain, to anxiety, to cancer. The holistic doctors apply these principles to every day ailments, to heal and cure their patients, and themselves. My personal experience was with an autoimmune condition now in remission, among other ailments, that I applied their research to, and yes they worked. See my hubs on various conditions

  23. profile image30
    BertoldaBrehtposted 11 years ago

    Grownups could be at risk of serious complications including brittle bones because of deficit. Sufficient resources of this specific vitamin could confirm that bone fragments formation as well as ingestion of minerals are performed successfully. Bone fragment remodeling, a necessary point for bone tissue growth can be reached simply by perfect concentrations.


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