Are vitamins and supplements worth it? Follow the money

If drug companies and many doctors can be believed, taking vitamins and other supplements are a waste of time.

But is this true? Or do preventive, natural methods to stay healthy beat the high cost and suffering that results when you fall for the hype that doctors and Big Pharma know best when it comes to your well-being?

If you analyze the benefits of supplements, as have researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, you find that we wouldn’t have to spend nearly as much as we do for health insurance and other expenditures that now go to hospitals, drug companies and doctors if we simply take dietary supplements. They do prevent health issues.

No wonder mainstream practitioners and their cronies want you to believe that supplements are worthless. Their incomes depend on it.

The Berkeley analysis clearly shows that if people over the age of 55 who already have heart disease took omega-3 fatty acid supplements or B vitamins it would save them thousands and keep them out of the hospital. That’s because these supplement could greatly reduce these folks’ chances of suffering heart attacks and other medical catastrophes that can cost people their entire savings.

“One way to control the burden of CHD (coronary heart disease) costs is to minimize the number of costly inpatient procedures,” the scientists say. “Many dietary supplement products are available in the market today that have been shown to have positive effects on heart health through associated clinical studies…Thus, the potential decrease of total health care expenditures in the United States is a strong argument for the daily use of dietary supplements.”

Even so, some of these same scientists and “experts” are featured every day on TV saying that dietary supplements are worthless. But if you follow the money, you’ll see that keeping up with important nutrients can insulate you against a health disaster. They don’t want you to take supplements because they’d be out:

  • $2.1 billion a year if every person at a high risk of heart problems took omega-3 supplements.
  • $1.5 billion if every person with heart issues took B vitamins.

Can you see why they don’t want you to know how healthy supplements can make you? They can’t patent them and don’t sell them. They’d lose their shirts if you and I didn’t have to spend money on the kind of “healthcare’ they want you to have. But you don’t have to wait until there’s something wrong and then visit the doctor or hospital. You can spend pennies and save thousands … AND have much better health in the process.


Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.