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The Benefits and Dangers of Anti Aging Vitamins

Aug 18, 2007
Fighting the aging process with vitamins and supplements has been gaining popularity over the last 50 years. These anti aging vitamins and supplements range from everyday multivitamins to products that claim to increase levels of certain hormones or to reduce certain chemicals found it the human body in the body to make people more youthful. There are certain benefits and risks involved in taking these vitamins and supplements.

The benefits of taking vitamins is still being debated by scientists and doctors; however the general consensus seems to be that, when taken properly, they at least are not generally harmful. Some of the vitamins can build up to toxic levels in the human body. Any of the fat-soluble vitamins can reach dangerous levels if taken in excessive amounts. For example, Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.

Water-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin B and Vitamin C are not stored in the body and the excess amount ingested will be passed in the urine. In fact you can see and smell excess Vitamin B being passed after taking a large dosage of it.

The shelves of vitamins offered in many different types of stores today are full of many different types of supplements including multivitamins and vitamins sold on their own (i.e. vitamin E or vitamin A supplements), or a few different supplements similar in nature being sold in one pill (i.e. vitamin B complex).

Since the body will not store the water-soluble vitamins it would be a good idea to take these supplements if your dietary habits are not well balanced. Some type of diets will restrict certain type of foods, which could also reduce your intake of vitamins, and minerals that your body requires for optimum health.

The danger of taking vitamin supplements occurs when the fat-soluble vitamins and certain minerals are contained in different pills that you may be taking or if you are on the supplements for an extended period of time. This overlapping of intake and length of time can lead to an overdose, which can cause damage to some of the organs in the human body such as the liver when taking to much Vitamin A.

To prevent injury from this type of situation, consumers should check with their doctors before starting any medications, even over the counter anti aging supplements, or supplements of any kind.

As we get older certain vitamins are no longer available to us in the required amounts. This is caused by the reduction of food intake and because our bodies are no longer as efficient in process all of the foods that we ingest. Up to one-third of older people can no longer absorb Vitamin B from their food. Vitamin B is needed to form red blood cells and keep nerves healthy.

If you are going to start some type of diet, or if you just feel that you need vitamins and supplements then find a good health care professional prior to starting any type of home treatment.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.
About the Author
David Cowley has created numerous articles on Anti Aging. He has also created a Web Site dedicated to Anti Aging and how to treat them. Click on Aging Treatment
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