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Myth: When it comes to vitamins, more is better.|
Fact: Vitamins are essential compounds that your body needs to function. As long as you have these vitamins present in your body, there is no advantage gained from extra vitamins. Extra water-soluble vitamins tend to be flushed out of your system, and extra fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the liver and become toxic in large amounts.
Myth: Athletes and people who work out need extra vitamins for better performance.
Fact: Athletes tend to eat more food, therefore they get more vitamins. There is no evidence, however, that any vitamin (or mineral) will improve athletic performance.
Myth: Eating today's processed and fast foods makes it impossible to get enough vitamins in your diet.
Fact: A variety of foods is necessary to supply you the vitamins you need. Processed and fast foods can supply vitamins along with a variety of whole foods (i.e., single ingredient foods: whole grains, meats, vegetables, fruits).
Myth: If you are under a lot of stress, you should take a specially formulated vitamin to fight stress.
Fact: Normal stress does not increase your need for vitamins. Only under extreme physical stress, such as severe illness or surgery, might extra vitamins be required.
Myth: Vitamin B12 supplements help prevent you from feeling "run down."
Fact: There is no scientific proof that B12 can prevent fatigue, except in severe cases of pernicious anemia. Most people store many years worth of B12 in their livers, so additional supplements are unnecessary.
Myth: If you eat poorly for a couple of days or miss a meal, you should take vitamin supplements.
Fact: If you eat poorly for a couple of days or miss a meal, you do not need to take vitamin supplements. Most vitamins stay in your system for a long time and can be consumed in your next days meals. A vitamin deprivation will normally not show up for about eight weeks.