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Vitamins and minerals play an important role in maintaining health

The Journal of the American Medical Associationfor (Journal of the American Medical Association) Publication of the USPSTF (United States Preventive Services Task Force) professional recommendation on the role of vitamins and minerals (including trace elements) in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. index, Referring to PharmaOnline I also mentioned. These reports – especially with their title – indicate that the beneficial effect of vitamins and minerals on health is questionable, while the indicated professional recommendation did not study the importance of these active ingredients in general, but specifically discussed their role in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease .

First of all, it is important to mention that vitamins and minerals are essential for the human body and their deficiency leads to serious diseases, so everyone should ensure their adequate intake. In the case of healthy people, the right amount must be ensured mainly by a balanced and mixed diet, however, there are often situations in life when it is also necessary to take nutritional supplements to ensure an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals. Dietary supplements are intended for healthy people, so they cannot be used to prevent or treat disease, but the vitamins and minerals they contain are suitable for many other things. To name a few, they contribute to maintaining the normal functioning of the immune system, nervous system, and thyroid gland, maintaining the normal condition of eyesight, skin, hair, and bones, or even reducing tiredness and fatigue, or even the normal condition and functioning of cartilage. These results have been confirmed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in the form of scientific evaluations ( European Commission has included these legally usable health claims in a regulation (Commission Regulation No. 432/2012/EU).

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Of course, vitamins and minerals alone or in combination can be suitable for the prevention and treatment of diseases, but products developed for this purpose must be marketed as medicines in the European Union and in our country. Vitamins and minerals can be used as medicines in appropriate doses (even in quantities much larger than those used in nutritional supplements) to prevent and treat vitamin or mineral deficiencies, or to replace trace elements, or even as supplements (calcium and vitamin D) in the treatment of osteoporosis but also to relieve symptoms caused by a deficiency Magnesium such as nervousness, irritability, poor concentration and temporary fatigue.

As far as we know, there is no medicine containing vitamins or minerals in Europe that can be used to prevent cancer or cardiovascular disease, so the article in the American Trade Journal only confirms that these serious diseases that afflict so many people should not be prevented or treated. With vitamins and minerals. Of course, vitamin and mineral supplementation may be necessary in these serious illnesses if a deficiency occurs as a result of the disease.

The statement highlighted in the study is really true, that neither beta-carotene nor vitamin E is suitable (it cannot be recommended) for the prevention of these diseases (tumors and cardiovascular diseases), but this does not mean that these vitamins are not necessary or likely to lead It poses health risks if used in a safe dose ( realize that taking beta-carotene is not recommended for smokers.