Dr Oz: Multivitamins Reviewed
In this segment, Dr Oz stated that since doing a recent show on multivitamins, there has been a firestorm of controversy and his e-mail was flooded with questions. Dr Oz clarified some of his earlier multivitamin recommendations.
Susan, an audience member, told Doctor Oz that she took vitamins to feel better. When she looked at the bottle, she never recalled what the numbers were. (Who does?) Dr Oz told her that there was a reason for all those numbers—multivitamins are not created equal. Dr Oz says overdoses of Vitamin A and E turn anti-oxidants into pro-oxidants and cause more harm than good. To demonstrate this point, Dr Oz showed an image of an artery that has had too much Vitamin A. The artery appeared eroded and fell to pieces.
Dr Oz Vitamin A:
Dr Oz’s old Recommendation of Vitamin A: 5000 IU
Dr Oz’s new recommendation of Vitamin A: 3500 IU
Dr Oz Vitamin E:
Dr Oz’s old recommendation of Vitamin E: 30 IU
Dr Oz’s new recommendation of Vitamin E: 30IU
The recommended dose has NOT changed for Vitamin E since Dr Oz feels this is a low level.
Dr Oz: Multivitamin Recommendation Changes
Dr Oz showed a table full of foods you would need to eat to get the benefits of 1 multivitamin.
1. Why give the body such high doses of any vitamin that it can’t get in nature? If you do, you’re taking a pharmaceutical dose of the vitamin, which you don’t want.
2. Iron—Taking iron when you don’t need it is bad for you. Women of childbearing age can take 18 mgs. Iron is not meant for men or postmenopausal women. Dr Oz pulled out the gloves and showed an image of an aorta that was eroded and ulcerated and he told the audience that the extra iron caused hardening of the arteries.
3. Too much calcium—Too much calcium binds to the other vitamins and stops absorption so you’re not getting the full benefit of the other vitamins. You should only have 200 mgs or less of calcium.