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remember to take your vitamins. or don’t. it doesn’t matter.

I read a news article today that said antioxidants don’t help you live longer. This is extremely disappointing to me as I am pretty vitamin-obsessed. I just love the fact that I can have a completely s****y day eating wise, and then pop a few vitamins before bed and feel a-ok about myself. Sad I know and not really justifiable, but it’s been working for me up until now. Now, the article actually said, people who take vitamins have a higher risk of death. What??? Sooo, you’re telling me if I stop taking my vitamins, I might actually live longer? They say they’re not sure why the people died earlier, which I guess is pretty important to the study, huh.

When I was a kid, my mom wouldn’t even let me take vitamins. And I so badly wanted to try those Flinstones colored candies everyone else got to have every night. She said I was a healthy eater and got all the vitamins I needed through my food. Then I grew up, moved out, and stopped getting my parent’s home-cooked antioxidant-filled meals. And started making vitamin pills and capsules an important food group in my pyramid.

The “experts” in the article said vitamins may only be effective when in food. But now they think that possibly, people who eat vitamin-rich foods just take better care of themselves in general and that’s why they live longer. And it has nothing to do with vitamins and antioxidants. I don’t get why everyone isn’t up in arms over this…we don’t need to eat vitamin-rich foods anymore?? We might actually die sooner if we do eat them?? One Harvard professor said, “This study does not advance our understanding, and could easily lead to misinterpretation of the data.” You think? I’m already frantically trying to figure out why I’ve been wasting all this money and swallowing so many pills. I don’t understand why so many half-ass studies are published that end up a) not telling me anything useful and b) making me panic over things that I don’t necessarily need to panic about, yet. It’s really frustrating.

Not to mention, if this vitamin research is valid, can a scientist please help me understand why, whenever I’m feeling sick, a glass full of airborne makes me feel 100% better?

“Alcohol is a misunderstood vitamin.” -P. G. Wodehouse

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