There are hundreds of nutritional supplements on store shelves. Some brands have a mark on the bottle indicating the ingredients are natural. Others carry a symbol that the product has been verified by a lab. But how does the consumer know if the supplement is good or not? Health Briefs TV reviews the good and bad of nutritional supplements.
The American Association for Cancer Research found that taking nutritional supplements doesn’t curb the chances of getting cancer, and taking more of them may the chance. Specifically, the more folic acid, Vitamin E and beta-carotene one took, the higher the chance of developing cancer. Medical experts and researchers all agree that a well-balanced diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats is better than taking a multivitamin every day.
There is a common misconception that “more is better” when taking vitamins and nutritional supplements. This is especially true for Vitamin C, which if taken in mega doses can cause cramps and diarrhea. Also, natural supplements in large does not mean better. St. John’s wort commonly taken for depression can interact with medications including birth control pill and decrease their effectiveness. Health Briefs TV notes that nutritional supplements can be good for us if we use them as directed by a health care provider or from the label on the bottle or box. But they can cause bad effects if taken in mega doses. Always ask your doctor before taking any nutritional supplement.