Vitamins are certainly essential components of the diet and prevent the classic vitamin-deficiency diseases like rickets and scurvy. But some vitamins also have antioxidants properties, which brings up the question of their possible additional benefits.
So should we be taking vitamin supplements?
A pretty simple question to answer, one might think. After all, there have been literally thousands of studies on how vitamin and mineral intakes relate to health. More than 100 million people in North America believe the question has been answered and take a variety of daily supplements to protect themselves against disease, spending some $25 billion in the process. But could they be on the wrong track?