Should You Take Vitamins?
Vitamins are a great way to supplement your health needs, and many agree that it’s a fairly affordable way to be a little healthier. Nearly half of the population of the United States take vitamins, with multi-vitamins being among the most common. However, there are some common misconceptions about vitamins and how much you should be taking, and whether you should be taking them at all.
The odds are, unless you have a vitamin deficiency that has been confirmed by a medical professional, taking supplemental vitamins won’t provide any additional benefit. In fact, too many doses of a vitamin might actually harm you. So what vitamins should you avoid taking too much of? What are the risks? We’ve broken it all down for you!
<h2> Vitamins to Avoid Taking in Excess (unless your doctor tells you otherwise!)
Here’s a list of the top vitamins that are most commonly taken in excess and the risks involved with each one.
<h3> Vitamin C
Vitamin C is found in a lot of fruits and vegetables, and while it is generally safe, doses that exceed 2000 milligrams or more in one day can increase the risk of kidney stones.
<h3> Vitamin A
Vitamin A is an antioxidant and plays an important role in your vision health, but too much can be potentially toxic.
<h3> Vitamin E
Another antioxidant, Vitamin E is a popular supplement. However, excessive amounts of Vitamin E have shown an increased risk of cancer for men.
<h3> Vitamin B6
The B vitamins (6 and 12) are present in a wide variety of food, and while getting too much B6 from food isn’t common, supplementing your B6 levels with vitamins for a long period of time can cause nerve damage.
This is the vitamin that is taken the most often in excess. While calcium is vital to the health of your bones, too much calcium can increase your risk of heart attack and kidney stones.
<h2> A Few Rules of Thumb
As with anything, vitamins should be taken in moderation. If you take a large dose of any mineral, it will compete with the other minerals and reduce their ability to be absorbed. This is also true if you are on any medication. It is generally best to get your vitamins and minerals naturally from foods or other sources (such as sunlight). Vitamins have health benefits of course, but the important thing to remember is to seek natural sources when possible or stick to the daily recommended intake levels for each vitamin.
If you’re concerned about your daily vitamin and mineral intake, consult your doctor before supplementing your needs. If you find that you want or need to take a vitamin, consult with a personal trainer or another Snap Fitness professional to get you on the right track!
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