New study puts "good-for-you" vitamins in a bad light

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It's a message preached to children at an early age, "Make sure and take your vitamins." Pulling in $23 billion a year, the daily vitamin industry is a big one, but a new study is putting the good pills in a bad light.

It's been a recommended health practice for years, maintain physical health through exercise, and add a daily dose of vitamins to fill in the nutritional gaps. But a new medical study is claiming anti-oxidants, nutrients contained in several vitamins, are counterproductive when it comes to exercise. Giving half their sample group vitamins rich in anti-oxidants "C" and "E" after workouts, the study summarized their findings writing: "there was a significantly impaired effect of exercise in the anti-oxidant treated group compared to the placebo group"; claiming anti-oxidants in vitamins slow the body's natural chemical reaction to strenuous activity.

However, ETMC Nutritional Dietician, Natalie Roberts, told us the study does not mean the final verdict on vitamins is in just yet.

"I'd say, in general, it's not an issue to worry about with taking Vitamin C or E if it's part of a general multi-vitamin you can get over the counter eight," explained Roberts. "You don't want to overdose on those, but as a whole, a multi-vitamin can be part of a healthy diet."

A diet being one that emphasizes anti-oxidant rich whole foods. Medical experts believe the variety of other included nutrients counter any negative effect.

While a vast array of vitamins have been proven to help make up for nutritional deficiencies, Roberts said there's no substitute for the real thing.

"Food does contain all the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other phyto-nutrients that don't come in a multi-vitamin that are important for good health," said Roberts.

The safe bet is to continue working out, but when it comes to improving, remember that your nutrition looks to foods before the pill bottle.

Doctors added while the antioxidants did hamper exercise results more research needs to be done. People who are on a vitamin or supplement regimen shouldn't change their habits at this time.

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