IN MY SURGERY – VITAMINS WORTH POPPING
Many patients tell me they don’t have time for a healthy diet. But they’re happy to pop a vitamin tablet – as if this cancels out bad eating. Sadly, it won’t and, on the whole, I’m not an advocate of vitamin supplements. At worst, research has shown high-dose vitamin supplements might increase the risk of cancer. At best, you’ll pee out excess levels of water-soluble vitamins, meaning your wallet is lighter and your urine very expensive!
That said, I’ve long been an advocate of vitamin D – it’s the only vitamin that’s virtually impossible to get enough of in your diet. In the UK, we now recommend a 10 microgram daily winter supplement for all – and under-5s, pregnant women and over-65s should take it year-round.
A new study also suggests I might have to eat my words where folic acid is concerned. Recommended in early pregnancy, a daily 800 microgram dose may significantly reduce the risk of stroke in people with high blood pressure, too.