These days, many Americans are searching for ways to improve their health and immune system through supplements.
One of the most popular ways that people try to get their daily vitamins and minerals intake is through Centrum vitamins. This vitamin brand is now owned by Pfizer. It is the largest pharmaceutical company in the world that works with manufactured chemicals.
Pfizer has been related to controversies and frauds. The drug company is to threaten a lawsuit about breast and colon health by the consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Another cause for concern is the fact that the multivitamin market lacks specificity, regulation, end even standards. Whenever large companies place enormous amounts of money into ad campaigns for vitamins like Pfizer does with Centrum vitamins, the blindly taking chemically and synthetically enhanced supplements can have serious consequences to your health.
So, the question is: Is your multivitamin doing more harm than good to your health?
Centrum claims that there are a lot of benefits of taking them. However, they contain many additives as well, which are considered to be toxic and even carcinogenic.
Here’s the list of dangerous ingredients found in Centrum vitamins:
GMO corn starch
This ingredient affects the function of the liver and kidneys, as well as the heart, adrenal glands, and spleen.
This ingredient is found in rocks, shells, and even pearls. It is sometimes used to increase calcium levels in the body, but it has also been associated with strokes and heart disease.
Hydrogenated oil gets toxic when processed under extreme heat. This oil causes clogged arteries, hence cardiovascular issues.
Food dye yellow 6
This ingredient is categorized as carcinogenic and can cause allergic reactions, tumors on the kidneys and testes, and chromosomal damage.
This naturally occurring mineral is used in many products to increase whiteness, such as paints, ink, paper. Titanium dioxide is even used in cosmetics and toothpaste. The FDA has declared it as a safe pigment when 99 percent pure, but the newest studies conducted on rats have shown that exposure to the dust fragments of titanium dioxide caused lung cancer.
This additive is used in the process of manufacturing of coal-burning plants, rocket fuel and over-the-counter laxatives. It affects the function of the kidneys and causes esophageal bleeding.
Children Centrum vitamins are even worse
When digested, this carcinogenic sweetener can cause the following diseases: cancer, lupus, birth defects, multiple sclerosis and more.
Food dye blue 2
Food coloring and toxic additives are very common in processed food market nowadays. This dye has been banned in Norway, because it was associated with brain tumors.
Cupric oxide is part of the list of ingredients that harm the environment. Moreover, cupric oxide can be one of the risk factors for developing kidney disease and childhood cirrhosis.
It is more known as table sugar, which has over 100 side effects. Excess sugar is linked to cancer, obesity, hyper-anxiety, diabetes. It is also known to suppress the immunity. Additionally, it inhibits the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Get vitamins and minerals from real food and real multivitamins
In order to nourish your body you should increase the daily intake of vitamins and minerals. The best way to do that is by consuming real, whole foods.
The following foods are a rich source of nutrients:
Vegetables – Leafy greens, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, sweet potato.
Herbs – Turmeric, garlic, parsley, basil, ginger, and oregano.
Fruits – Pomegranate, acai berry, maqui berry, goji berry, and red grapes.
Sprouted grains, nuts, seeds, beans, organic grass-fed meat, free-range poultry and eggs, wild-caught fish, pastured raw dairy should also be part of your daily diet.
In case you do take a vitamin, make sure you choose a real food vitamin. Consume 100 percent organic whole food based. Pay attention to the label – It should not read any soy, gluten, corn, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, GMOs, coloring or dyes. USP-verified vitamins might sound good, but you should know that they contain synthetics.