Following on the heels of studies debunking the thought that mega-doses of Vitamin E, Vitamin C or selenium prevent cancer, heart disease and other illnesses, the authoritative Institute of Medicine is reporting today that Vitamin D and Calcium are essential nutrients, but that vitamin supplements are rarely necessary and may do more harm than good. After reviewing more than 1,000 studies on the subject, the panel's advice, which mirrors what The Daily Green has always said: Eat a variety of vitamin-rich foods, and skip the pills.

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