Myths of vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins and supplements have become common in use of many people for various reasons, sometimes with prescription or at times without prescriptions. But there are many myths prevailing about their uses and benefits. People must be aware of following important points about their uses and benefits.
The following are the facts and research bases realities which people must accept and thinkf over before resorting to excessive use of vitamins or supplements.
1. More is not always good –
In an attempt to recover fast or to maintain after recovery some people prolong its use even without prescription. Such habit is highly dangerous. Large dosages of some vitamins can hamper the body’s finely tuned systems. Too much vitamin C can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb copper, a metal that’s needed by the body. Additionally, too much vitamin C or calcium might cause diarrhea and stomach pain. Taking too much vitamin D over long periods can cause calcium to build up in the body, which is called hypercalcemia. Hypercalcemia can weaken bones and damage the heart and kidneys
2. Supplements can reduce effects of pharmaceutical drugs –
There is wide spread misconception that supplements do not interact with prescribed medicines. In fact many of supplements contain active ingredients which might interfere with other drugs and as such result in weakening the effect of other medicines being taken by the person. In particular, supplements containing magnesium, St. John’s wort, iron, calcium, and ginkgo had the greatest number of interactions. You need to consult your doctor or physician before use of such drugs or supplements.
3. Multivitamins and mineral supplements do not protect heart health –
The facts are quite contrary to the myth that vitamins help protect heart health.
In general, the data on the popular supplements (multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C) show no consistent benefit for the prevention of [cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, or stroke], nor was there a benefit for all-cause mortality to support their continued use.”
4. Vitamin D do not prevents cancer –
Research has set aside popular belief that vitamin D in instrumental in preventing cancer. Great deal of research has failed to conclude in this way. A 2018, randomized, placebo controlled study involving thousands of people revealed that supplementation with vitamin D did not result in a lower incidence of invasive cancer or cardiovascular events than placebo.
5. Prebiotics do not cure all –
Another myth about use of prebiotics is that its extensive use does not necessarily result in cure as desired. Researchers are on the contrary not firm and are experimenting over the types of prebiotics, their use in particular quantum, its direct and indirect benefits etc. Might be in gut health or digestive health, some of them are useful but not all prebiotics for all kinds of cure and recovery.