You may think that taking vitamin supplements is always a good idea, but apparently it’s not. These supplements should be treated like any other medication and therefore they should be taken only under specialized supervision. Although our body needs plenty of vitamins in order to function at its best and there has not been proven that you can have a vitamin overdose, the majority of doctors recommend that we take our necessary vitamins and minerals from direct sources instead of processed supplements. And even if the labels were completely true and if supplements could, as promised, boost our energy, help us lose weight or get rid of stress, you should at best fill some gaps in your nutrition, but not replace healthy food with commercial products.
On the other hand, several studies have shown that, when your diet doesn’t include essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D or vitamin B12, supplements can prevent some deficiencies which would otherwise lead to chronic conditions. Moreover, taking supplements is almost a must for certain people, such as:
• Anyone on a low-calorie diet
• Anyone with a poor diet
• Patients following certain treatments
• People who suffer from food allergies or intolerances
• Pregnant and lactating women
Once again, I need to underline the importance of consulting a doctor before taking vitamin and mineral supplements, in any of the circumstances listed above.
With that being said, you have to know that vitamin supplements are efficient only if they are taken properly and if are complemented with a healthy diet. Each vitamin and mineral is recommended for a particular affection or deficiency and can produce undesired side effects.
Here is what you should know about how these nutrients work:
• Vitamin A is good for your eyes and skin. In order to be assimilated, it should be taken around the same time, every day. Taking too much of this supplement can affect you liver function. Pregnant women are advised not to take this supplement, as it can cause birth defects.
• B vitamins must be taken the same time every day, as well. It is recommended that you take vitamin B in the morning, on an empty stomach, but if you do so you may feel nauseous.
• Vitamin C has plenty of benefits; it maintains healthy bones, skin, teeth and blood vessels. You can take it with water, after a meal or on an empty stomach, once or twice a day, preferably around the same hour every day.
• Vitamin D is a must for healthy bones. Doctors recommend taking vitamin D supplements just before bed time.
• Vitamin E protects your cells. If you are taking any other supplements of medication, try to keep at least two hours between administrating these pills.
• Vitamin K and anticoagulants don’t go well together, because this nutrient plays an important role in the clotting process. It should also be administrated two hours before or after taking any other pills or supplements.
• Iron encourages hemoglobin to develop. It is best incorporated on an empty stomach, but it may cause nausea. Therefore, you can take it with a small amount of food. You should avoid taking iron if you already have vitamin B12 or folic acid on your supplements menu. Also, women past menopause and men need a very low iron or no iron supplement.
• Calcium should be taken in two small doses, a couple of hours apart.Publisher: cristina