Vitamin Myths

The national institutes of health recently released findings on the efficacy of vitamins and mineral supplements. The study showed most vitamins and supplements did not significantly reduce the risk of disease or improve memory and mental faculties. As Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports those findings aren't surprising to one Houston-area physician.

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Dr. Victor Sierpina is an associate professor of family medicine at UTMB Galveston. He says vitamins are not a miracle cure and it's misleading to study them as blanket solutions for things like cancer and memory loss.

Sierpina says people often use vitamins as a back-up remedy for poor eating habits. He says people should be getting their vitamin and mineral intake from whole foods, which will keep them much healthier than a pill.

Sierpina does say people who are elderly or have immuno-deficient disorders should take vitamins as a supplement to healthy eating. And he says vitamins aren't bad and people shouldn't avoid them. They just aren't the only, or even the best way to maintain physical health. Laurie Johnson Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...