With the boost in advertisement for vitamins and supplements, you may have jumped on the bandwagon, assuming that these products are safe. Unfortunately, many people are quickly finding out that all vitamins and supplements aren't what they're cracked up to be. The products that you think are safe for your body may actually be doing more harm than good. Here are five dangers of vitamins and supplements that the public should be aware of:
Before you take any vitamin or nutrient, you should speak to your health-care provider. Most people don't need more than 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of any vitamin or mineral, yet many supplements contain amounts in excess of the RDA. Before you purchase any supplement, you should be aware of the vitamins and minerals that are part of your daily diet. It's quite easy to overdose on vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as calcium, iron and zinc.
2.Warnings are Lacking
Because the supplement industry is not regulated by the FDA, warning labels are not required. Many supplements can have dangerous interactions with prescription medications, shouldn't be taken by people with certain medical conditions and may be dangerous for pregnant women. You can't depend on companies that manufacture these supplements to inform you of these risks.
3.Supplements Can't Cure Disease
If you are thinking of taking a supplement to boost your immune system or help you sleep better at night, you're probably fine. However, if you think that a supplement will shrink a tumor or reverse a disease, you couldn't be more wrong. Supplements don't cure diseases, nor can they be labeled as being able to do so. If you find a supplement company making such claims on a website or advertisement, they are in violation of law and should be avoided.
4.Omega-3: Not All It's Cracked up to Be
Omega-3 is the new, hot supplement and, unfortunately, it may be a waste of money. Consumers are being told to take Omega-3s as a means of staving of heart disease. In a study of over 12,000 people with diabetes and a risk of heart attack, there was no difference in outcome among those given fish oil and those given a placebo. This new evidence is pointing to the fact that Omega-3 may not be as beneficial as it's reported to be.
5.Multivitamins are Unnecessary
Clinical trials have shown that multivitamins are unnecessary for the majority of people. Most people get an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals in their every day diets, making multivitamins not only useless, but potentially dangerous. Unless you consume fewer than 1,200 calories a day, are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, or have cut out an entire food group, a multivitamin won't improve your health.
While you may think that vitamins and supplements are a necessary part of your diet, they might not be. For people who are eating a healthy diet, supplementing with vitamins and other nutrients can do more harm than good. If you are considering a supplement, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider before you buy anything.
This guest blog was written by: Mark Yale
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