- by Dr Sheetal Chhabria
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- Jan 19 2018
DISADVANTAGES OF TAKING VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS
Most people get the required amount of nutrients from eating a balanced diet. However, some people need extra supplements to make up for some deficiency. There are various advantages and disadvantages of taking vitamin supplements in the long term.
Let’s look at some possible side effects of taking vitamin supplements.
1. THEY DON’T REALLY LOWER THE RISK OF DISEASES
Studies have shown that foods that are rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins prevent metabolic and degenerative diseases. However, consuming multi vitamin supplements on a daily basis in place of actual food does not protect from diseases. Depending on vitamin pills may lead to nutritional deficiencies that could herald other diseases.
2. MESS UP YOUR OVERALL HEALTH
Eating artificial and processed foods instead of real ones, will eventually take a toll on your health. Long term use of vitamin supplements increase the risk of prostate cancer, promote kidney stones, affect heart health and lead to plaque build-up in the arteries.
3. AFFECT EXERCISE PERFORMANCE
It has been found that people who do exercise and take supplements; their blood pressures, cholesterol levels and arteries do not improve but remain unchanged. The supplements do not really improve performance.
4. YOUR BODY FLUSHES OUT THE EXCESS
Due to the body’s detoxification process, whatever the body doesn’t need is flushed out. Vitamins B and C are eliminated from the body, the moment it feels there’s enough. This is a reason why your pee appears yellow when you are on these supplements.
Vitamin supplements are not as safe as perceived and certain vitamins can lead to overdose, which can be dangerous and life threatening.
If you are pregnant, old people, children, vegans, athletes or suffering from deficiencies, you will need supplements to compensate for that. However, be mindful of the type of supplements you consume and their long term effects on your body and health.
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