To my knowledge I don’t think you have written your thoughts about taking vitamins. I would be really grateful if you could write on this subject; the reason I ask is because of the negative press there has been about vitamins causing cancer. I have tried to do some online searching myself, and I think the research that has been done on links between vitamins and cancer is scary. It seems that super-vitamins are the real worry, but I am now not sure if my family and I should continue to take the usual multivitamin we all take each day.
I’ll say right up front that a conversation about micronutrient supplements is challenging for me, to say the least, precicely because this is so scary. I hope I’ve got some things to say about it that will be of help, but I don’t claim to have all the answers, strongly suspect that the answers have yet to be nailed down – and maybe never will be!
The term micronutrient, by the way, refers to vitamins, minerals and a host of other elements we need to consume for our bodies to maintain the best of health. We also need to consume the macronutrients – protein, fat and carbohydrate – and that’s a somewhat different conversation. I say somewhat different because macronutrients do contain micronutrients, but let’s not get into that.
Many years ago I came across the idea that micronutrients act as instructions for the body, telling it what to do to maintain itself properly. These instructions are like directions, such as how to leave my house to head for the nearest town:
“Turn left and follow the road all the way to the main road. Then turn right and follow that road all the way into town.”
Those directions, of course, are useless if they are incomplete:
“Turn and follow the road all to road and follow the way.”