Multivitamins | Adverse Health Effects From Iron, Copper, Manganese and Calcium
Posted on July 22 2015
A healthy diet is a must if you want to give your body essential vitamins and minerals to stay healthy and perform well during workouts. Unfortunately, the modern diet is typically nutrient-deficient, meaning that most people don't get the required daily amount of essential vitamins and minerals, thus increasing the risk of disease and ill health.
Multivitamins are designed to provide the correct dose of essential vitamins and minerals that may be missing from the diet, promoting overall good health. However, recent scientific studies have shown that many multivitamin products could be hindering rather than helping, thanks to their excessive amounts of minerals such as iron, copper, manganese and calcium.
Too high a dose of these minerals can lead to oxidative damage, a condition that develops when cells are unable to neutralize and counteract the effects of harmful free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress triggers an immune response in the body, leading to a state of chronic inflammation. This chronic inflammation is closely related to diseases such as insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
Too Much Iron Causes Inflammation
Iron is an essential trace element that the body needs to thrive. However, excess iron can cause inflammation and contribute to disease.
Iron within the cells is bound to a protein called ferritin, which prevents unwanted iron release. Increased dietary iron means the body will need to raise ferritin levels to bind it, and these higher ferritin levels trigger inflammation in the body.
It has also been suggested that too much iron intake can exceed the storage capacity of ferritin, resulting in the release of free iron and more oxidative damage as a result.
Increased iron also causes the body to activate the immune system, which leads to chronic inflammation.
The increased inflammation from excess iron brings about the risk of obesity, diabetes and even Alzheimer's disease. It's clear that excess iron is toxic to the body, and with many people already eating foods fortified with iron such as bread, cereals and pasta, it's easy to overdose if supplements are added into the mix.
Copper Leads To Oxidative Damage
The trace element copper causes oxidative damage that is comparable in severity to the damage caused by iron. Studies have shown that copper supplements, when ingested alongside a high-fat diet, could contribute to the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Too much copper accumulation has been associated with impaired cognitive function and the growth of certain cancers.
Too much copper causes oxidative damage to the neurons and can lead to serious disease.
The Risks Of Excessive Manganese Consumption
Excessive consumption of the element manganese has been identified as a health risk. An accumulation of manganese causes neurotoxicity and can even lead to the brain disorder manganism. Elevated manganese levels have also been linked to Parkinson's disease.
Manganese accumulates in brain cells known as astrocytes, which are essential for providing the correct nutrients to neurons. Once there, manganese causes the cells to malfunction, preventing them from providing those essential nutrients, and ultimately leading to decreased neural functioning and increased neurodegeneration.
Manganese also contributes to harmful levels of free radicals in the body.
Too Much Calcium Increases Cardiovascular Risk
Calcium is well known for its ability to improve bone health. Calcium is an essential mineral for healthy nerve function, muscular contraction and the regulation of certain hormones. It's understandable that many multivitamins are formulated with a considerable amount of calcium.
However, recent studies have shown that calcium supplementation might not benefit bone health as much as once thought, and in addition could actually be detrimental to cardiovascular health.
Once recent study suggested that calcium supplements, as opposed to dietary calcium, could increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Get The Vitamins You Need Without Damage Or Inflammation
It's clear that using multivitamins that contain iron, copper, manganese and calcium could be rather counterproductive, leading to inflammation and disease. That's why AML has formulated our Thermo Heat Multi formula to give you all the vitamins and minerals you need for muscle health, without these four potentially damaging compounds.
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