People taking dietary supplements may, in some cases, be paying to make themselves sick. This video covers folic acid, beta carotene, and green tea supplements.
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A triad of new studies showing once again that those taking dietary supplements may, in some cases, paying to make themselves sick. They’re all pretty self-explanatory. High intake of folate from food sources (like beans and greens) associated with reduced risk esophageal cancer, In contrast, high intake of folic acid from supplements associated with a significantly elevated risk of Barret's Esophagus with precancerous changes.
“Dietary, but not supplemental, intakes of carotenoids and vitamin c (like eating carrots, sweet potatoes, greens, broccoli, citrus) are associated with decreased odds of lower urinary tract symptoms in men. And again, those taking them in pill form in fact got worse. Unless you pills look like this.
Green tea good; green tea supplements bad. there no longer can be a reasonable doubt that ingestion of concentrated extracts of Chinese green tea poses a real and growing risk to liver health.”
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This is the final video of a three-part series on the latest information about the safety of dietary supplements. See Dietary Supplement Snake Oil and Heavy Metals in Protein Powder Supplements for the first two. For background on the folic acid versus folate story (which may explain any multivitamin breast cancer connection), see Can Folic Acid Be Harmful? For more on avoiding esophageal cancer see Poultry and Penis Cancer, Coffee and Cancer, and Bacon and Botulism. For how to boost your absorption of carotenoid phytonutrients like beta carotene see Raw Food Nutrient Absorption and Forgo Fat-Free Dressings? Pretty scary about green tea supplements, but green tea has a variety of health-promoting properties. Check out my 21 videos on tea, and hundreds of videos on more than a thousand other topics.
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