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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Does Taking Vitamins Really Help Improve Your Health?

In today's health-conscious society, one can find tons of information on what vitamins and supplements they should be taking. In fact, it's overwhelming. Most people remember growing up with just one multi-vitamin, and most parents were not taking vitamins themselves. So, what has changed, and is it a good idea to take vitamins?

The reason for vitamins

People take vitamins for a variety of reasons, most of which is to stay healthy. What has changed in society is that people are not taking the time to cook and eat healthy meals. So, they are missing important vitamins and minerals in their daily diet. And they are not getting these vitamins from fast food or restaurant food. For them, taking vitamins is probably a good idea.

Do vitamins work?

It depends on who you talk to. Experts will tell you that there is not enough evidence for them to recommend taking or not taking vitamins. They also caution vitamin users that it has not been proven that vitamins alone can prevent certain diseases like cardiovascular disease or cancer. Doctors recommend that people should focus on a healthy, well-balanced diet instead. But many people claim to experience better health results by taking certain vitamins.

Can vitamins harm you?

Doctors warn that certain vitamins can be harmful because they stay in your system, while others are eliminated in the urine, such as vitamins C and B. Other vitamins can be dangerous if you take too many of them, such as vitamins A, D, B3, and B6. Vitamin D can lower blood sugar level and cause low blood pressure. So, anyone wanting to take vitamins should check with their doctor first. Some vitamins may conflict with medical conditions and medication, so caution is advised.

For those who are already taking vitamins, water-soluble vitamins are recommended by doctors because they are easily absorbed by the body and not stored in large amounts. The kidneys remove those vitamins that are not needed.

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