Are vitamin supplements harming your health?

Are vitamin supplements harming your health?

Do you know what vitamin supplements you really need? Or are you guessing? Many are guessing – particularly after reading articles about how certain diseases are caused by low levels of certain nutrients. These articles often follow with a call to start taking (or increase) particular vitamin supplements. The question is: How do you really know what you need to take?

The problem with buying vitamins over-the-counter

Unfortunately the problem with ‘over the counter’ supplements is that there is a limited or no consultation process available to ensure your individual needs will be met. Many people seem to take the shotgun approach. “If I take a bit of everything then I will have covered all the bases.” Or alternatively: “If one is good, then five must be better”.  The problem with this mindset is you don’t know:

  • what supplements counteract each other
  • when they are best taken
  • whether the product is the best one for you
  • the risks associated with increasing the recommended dose

Beware of ‘vitamin hype’

To add to the confusion there are regular stories of “a new preventative for cancer” or “ a miracle cure for arthritis”. These stories spawn waves of cheap accessible products onto market shelves. Those who market these products may not tell you about specifics. Instead broad sweeping statements are made – which can be misleading. This outcome can then create scepticism in the consumer and give true health professionals a bad name.  Look at St Johns’ Wort, for example. Toted as the ultimate natural anti-depressant. Yes, it does help with depression but only certain types.

Is vitamin supplementation worthwhile?

It can be. It depends on your particular health situation. So in order for you to receive the full benefit from supplementation it is advisable to seek professional advice. Practitioners specialising in areas such as Naturopathy, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition and Herbalism have extensive training in the use of supplements to provide you with the best possible results.

Aren’t natural therapists expensive?

Are you wondering whether seeing a therapist is an expense you can cover? If so, keep in mind that the visit can ultimately save you money and maximise the outcome. In many cases, less supplements and/or some dietary changes may be all that is necessary. If supplements are required, most practitioners stock products that provide an appropriate therapeutic dose.  Most health funds also provide rebates for these therapies making it more cost effective to have your individual needs met and your optimum health achieved. Besides, aren’t you worth considering?

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