In your book, you seem to be against taking vitamins if you have a healthy diet. What do you think of Rhonda Patrick’s work and Dr. Bruce Ames’ Triage Theory. They both advocate taking vitamins.
– Wondering in Wandsworth
I’m not exactly sure what you mean by Rhonda Patrick’s work. Her old experimental work seems to be largely esoteric cell biology and now she seems to only write reviews.
In any event, I don’t want to get caught up in anything regarding the particulars of supplements. You can always find some theoretical arguments, or some animal studies, or some small human trials showing something if you want to.
But the bottom line is (to quote recent JAMA guidance for clinicians) that “most randomized clinical trials of vitamin and mineral supplements have not demonstrated clear benefits for primary or secondary prevention of chronic diseases not related to nutritional deficiency. Indeed, some trials suggest that micronutrient supplementation in amounts that exceed the recommended dietary allowance … may have harmful effects.”