Are Multivitamins Safe?

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This one little multivitamin pill is causing a firestorm of controversy. New studies is challenging it's safety have flooded our phone line and they've overwhelmed my email. Everyone is asking, Doctor Oz, what should I do? So today, I'm revealing the three reasons your multi vitamin may not be safe.

And for the first time first time, I'm changing my recommendations about multi vitamins but maybe not in the way to expect. There's Susan with me, welcome Susan. So why do you take a multivitamin? I take it to feel better and hopefully to strengthen my immune system and in that process maybe prevent myself from getting diseases.

Good for you. It's not okay. To get to your head and see if there's some visibility to it and that's when you get the bottle and you turn it around and you look at the actual amounts of each vitamin in the multivitamin you recall those numbers are? No. You don't? Well, because some are milligrams, micrograms, international units.

It's confusing. Is there a special calculator? Is there a calculator, but there's a reason why those numbers like that. And I'm talking everybody now. I saw the biggest mistakes we make is we think just because it says multivitamin, they are all created equal and the real challenge for us to figure out do we need them, and which one of a specific by measuring each one.

So, for most people, it's an insurance policy. As example, you see these foods here? I didn't just put them here to impress you. This is actually the foods you would eat to eat as an example to get that same key nutrient as is present in this one pill. Are we clear about this because I know its a lot controversial.

I would take a multivitamin. My concerns are what's supposed to be in the multivitamin. So, first I want to talk about is overdoses of vitamins A and E. Now these are key antioxidants. One recent study for example found that if you gave high doses of vitamin E to men then sometimes they will increase their chances of prostrate cancer, the number was about 17%.

It's a big difference. nd let me show you why this is the case. If you look at a classic arteries inside of a body. If you take too much of a good thing, you'll actually turn a antioxidant into a pro-oxidant. It becomes damaging. So, imagine this is the good pill. Right my little multivitamin pill that I am normally taking.

If I get too much of this, a pharmaceutical dose of this, than it ends up to doing this, watch your artery. It will start to erode away, that delicate lining and so what are supposed to protect you from damaging arteries, does things opposite and over time the middle erodes it away and you're left with that.

Can you all see that? And it crumbles away. Literally, it falls to pieces inside of you. It can put you at risk for certain diseases. That's why I'm changing my recommendations for vitamin A. I used to recommend 5000 units. Now on the back of that file you have to look at it. It's going to have to stay 3500 units.

We grade these vitamins as you mentioned in different types of I use your milligrams or grams. Forget about that. Remember the number. Because most piles are going to have the same kind of number for the same vitamins. You want that 3500 number to be your goal. Vitamin E, that's the one that we thought in high doses might be increase prostrate cancer rates.

I've always recommended low doses of vitamin E. Now I want to state the same here, I'm not going to change the 30 units of that. Now can I tell you why I'm conservative about this?.