The Dangers of Supplements

dangers of supplementsMany of us are taking some form of supplements, but do you really need those supplements?

Too Much Can be a Bad Thing

Here’s an example – you may think because you don’t drink milk, that you’re not getting enough calcium. So, you take a calcium supplement. However, did you know that dark, leafy greens, bok choy, tofu, okra, broccoli, green beans and almonds are all high in calcium? If you eat enough foods like those in your diet, you may not need a calcium supplement. According to the ClevelandClinic, too much calcium can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. “The recommended daily allowance for any vitamin or mineral will depend on your age, medical conditions and other factors, and a doctor or registered dietitian can help you fine-tune your intake,” says the Cleveland Clinic.

ConsumerReports says that more than half of the adult population is taking supplements. If you are one of these people, we strongly encourage you to come to one of our 9Health Fairs and talk with a nutrition expert to see if you really need that supplement. The nutrition screenings are free. You also might want to have a blood test done to more accurately identify what supplements, if any, that you actually need.

You should also know that the FederalDrug Administration (FDA) does not have the authority to review dietary supplements before they hit store shelves. This is yet another reason you should talk to your health care professional before taking any supplements. And you should keep in mind that each brand will have varying amounts of the supplement in each pill.

Supplements to Avoid

In the ConsumerReports Health, there are 12 supplements you really want to avoid:

  •  Aconite
  • Bitter Orange
  • Chaparral
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Coltsfoot
  • Comfrey
  •  Country Mallow
  • Germanium
  • Greater Celandine
  • Kava
  • Lobelia
  • Yohimbe

As you can see from this list, these are lesser known/popular supplements than what you usually hear of people taking, but if you are taking any of these you should read the report as to why they don’t recommend them.

If you want more information on the supplements you’re taking and whether or not they might be dangerous for you, come to a 9Health Fair this spring, where you can talk with a nutrition expert, for free. You can also ask a pharmacist (for free) about the supplements you’re taking and any possible interactions they might have with other medications you’re taking. To find a 9Health Fair location near you that offers the Nutrition Screening, visit our website!