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Is Consuming Vitamin Drinks Really As Beneficial As They Say?

March 15, 2015 2 min read

With the quick-paced nature of our daily lives, we often don't think twice about grabbing a Vitamin Water or Gatorade off the shelves and guzzling it as we prepare for a work out or our next meeting at work. However, in a study conducted by the National Institute of Health, consumers who regularly consume drinks filled with added vitamins and supplements are the ones with the lowest prevalence of vitamin deficiencies to begin with. As a result, the use of these vitamin supplements can actually put people at risk for excessive consumption of nutrients like folic acid, iron and zinc. vitamin What's the harm in this? Well, just like with anything else you ingest, there are limits to how much nutrients a person actually needs in their body. Your body is a well oiled machine- too much consumption can throw things out of balance. Water soluble vitamins, like vitamin B and C, are excreted in urine. However, fat soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E and K) build up in tissues, which can be a cause for concern as over-consumption over time can affect liver function.   gatorade2 Related studies released by JAMA and the Cochrane Database have also indicated over-consumption of certain vitamins can lead to various other risks, including higher mortality and cancer rates. Additionally, consuming drinks with antioxidants in them doesn't necessarily benefit the body as one would expect since antioxidants help free radicals fight off infections and cancer cells- too much can throw off the balance of these free radicals. In short, it all goes back to the saying, "everything in moderation." While consuming vitamin drinks on occasion is harmless, regular consumption, however, can end up being too much of a good thing. Tell us: How often do you consume vitamin drinks like Gatorade, POM juice and Vitamin Water?

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