Dr Derek Muller, Dr Yasmine Probst

How safe are vitamins and what are they exactly?

Over the past 12 months, IHMRI and UOW Dietitian Dr Yasmine Probst has lent her expertise to a new documentary investigating vitamin science and history.

Vitamania will be broadcast on SBS at 8.30pm on 12 August. Dr Probst says it will challenge opinions on all sides.

“We can obtain all the vitamins we need by eating a range of different foods. Vitamins have to be obtained from the food we eat, our bodies cannot make them, “said Dr Probst.

$100 billion is spent on vitamins each year globally and almost one billion people take one regularly – or give to their children.

“In a previous trial, we recruited people from the Illawarra for a study and found that they were consuming high amounts of discretionary foods which are generally low in vitamins.

Given our varied food supply in Australia, vitamin C should be easy to obtain from our fruits and vegetables but unfortunately most people aren’t eating enough of these foods,” she said

The documentary is the culmination of a three-year investigation into vitamins across Norway, England, Scotland France the United States and Australia.

“I’ve been working with the production company over the past 12 months, fact checking, script checking, reviewing animation sequences and translational aspects of the industry,“ said Dr Probst.

“Ultimately, vitamins are not a substitute for healthy living,” she added.

Read more about Vitamania

Find out how to watch the documentary at Vitamaniathemovie.com.

Join the conversation @vitamaniamovie #vitamania.

Vitamania is a Genepool Productions feature documentary for SBS Australia, CuriosityStream, and ARTE France. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria.

Read more about Dr Yasmine Probst


Media contact

Louise Negline, Communications Coordinator

t: 4221 4702

m: 0417 044 867

e: louisenegline@ihmri.org.au

Top photo: Dr Derek Muller and Dr Yasmine Probst.
Photo supplied.

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