Supplements and Vitamins

Generally, vitamin and mineral supplements, the ones that are easily available over the counter in the form of chewable tablets, liquids, pills or powders are considered a good choice for young and older adults, alike. These supplements are said to pick up the nutritional slack that most people face when the nutrient needs are not met through their dietary habits. 

However, as beneficial as they might be, there are always some risks associated with the excess accumulation of any particular nutrient in the body. Let’s take a look at both the benefits and the risks of taking over the counter multi-vitamins and other supplements.

Benefits

Risks

You can easily find a lot of information regarding the supplements you should or shouldn’t be taking, especially when they’re easily available at your local pharmacy. The supplement fad is very popular, and has been for some time. However, it is important that you realize that multi-vitamins and mineral supplements are not magic pills that will automatically provide boosted immunity and better health.
In fact, you are far likely to get all the necessary nutrients from your diet alone if you pay attention to and are careful about the foods you consume. However, if you do plan to take multivitamins or mineral supplements, it is highly recommended that you consult your primary care physician before you do so. Your physician will prescribe supplements that are best suited for you - based on your weight, height, lifestyle, health status - after carefully evaluating your diet and nutrition needs. It’s the best way to ensure that your body gets everything it needs without needlessly harming you in any way.

To set up an appointment with Dr.Parikh at Health One Family Medicine, call 469-262-5762, or visit www.healthonemedicine.com for more information.

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