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Do You Really Need Vitamin Supplements

Jan 13, 2008
It seems that everyone these days are taking some form of vitamin, whether a multivitamin or a particular supplement. Every day we hear people promising that some vitamin is going to be the cure all pill. But is this really the case?

Most nutritionists will agree that most Americans get more than enough vitamins through their diet. If you are eating a proper diet of fruits, veggies, carbs and protein then chances are you are fine. Taking any additional supplements would probably be over kill.

But for those women that may be complete vegans, lactose intolerant, or pregnant then it might actually be beneficial to be placed on a vitamin supplement.

The most important thing about being on any form of supplement is to do research.
Do no be on something because it promises great life changing benefits, chances are it is a lie. There has been no evidence recorded that any particular vitamin will prevent cancer or make you live to be 100.

Did you know that most supplements are not FDA regulated? That means you are probably not going to be getting all the information on the label that you should be getting.

For example, vitamin E is one of the most popular vitamin trends right now, but it is also a blood thinner, making it harder for your blood to clot if you cut yourself. This is the same for fish oil. Additional studies show that vitamin E may also increase risk of heart attacks.

Another one, vitamin C has been researched with no data showing it has any help in curing the common cold or any other disease. Those who take the supplement and are getting enough in their diet or just secreting the extra vitamin C out in their urine. You are literally peeing your money away.

While many vitamins will get washed out of the body others will be absorbed by the organs and buildup. This collection of unnecessary vitamins can have huge health consequences.

Now I am not saying I am against supplements, they have their pros too. For example during pregnancy a ton of nutrients and vitamins get stripped from the mom to be and it will be recommended to get on a vitamin supplement regiment, The same is true for lactating moms.

And think about those that are lactose intolerant, many just do not get enough dairy so chances are they may need a calcium and or vitamin D pill.

When it comes to minerals, women with strong periods or pregnant may develop an iron deficiency. Anemia can be serious and needs to be taken care of under the care of a doctor.

If you are an avid vitamin taker make sure to consult your doctor to make sure you understand what you are taking and why. Like anything else there is such a thing as too much. Make sure you are taking safe levels of particular vitamins too.

Before I put anything in my mouth, I do my research! I do take a multivitamin but I actually talked about it with my doctor first.
About the Author
Taylor Ryan is a personal trainer dedicated to educating women to get the best body they can get. Her company TotalTonedWomensClub stresses the importance of weight training as a method to get the toned and strong body they want. Check out http://www.totaltonedwomensclub.com for more.
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