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Vitamins are life-threatening

Many people assume that daily vitamin-intake does not only improve one's wellbeing but also significantly lowers the risk of various serious illnesses.

However, the latest research conducted by Serbian scientists disproves such preconceived popular notion. As it turns out, vitamins and nutritious supplements with antioxidants increase the risk of development of cancerous growths and may result in lethal outcome. 

Serbian University of Nis has examined 170 000 patients suffering from esophageal carcinoma, stomach cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic tumor, and liver carcinoma. Further testing revealed that daily intake of vitamin complexes containing Beta-carotene as well as Vitamins A, C, E and selenium do not improve one’s weakened organism. More so, not only do these vitamins prove to be totally ineffective in battling illnesses, they often tend to worsen one's overall condition.

The research supervised by Dr. Horan Bjelavik yielded shocking results. As it turned out, patients who have been taking special vitamin complexes with beta-carotene and vitamin A had 30% higher risk of facing death than those who have never taken the vitamins. “Nobody expected such results,” said the professor. “We couldn’t have even imagined that food supplements containing antioxidants could have such profound affect on patients' mortality.”

However, according to the scientists, it is still too soon to draw any conclusions. They claim that results could have been triggered by the patients' higher intake of vitamin dosage. Besides, medics consider that vitamin complexes do not include the whole spectrum of nutritious elements contained in natural products such as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants contained in fruits and vegetables “interact” with other elements thus providing a positive effect on the entire organism. Nutritional supplements in turn lack such “interaction."

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