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Vitamins and Dietary Supplements

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Vitamins and Dietary Supplements can produce both favorable and unfavorable results. Let’s take a look at the latest information regarding some new products that are not worth your money.

  1. Glutathione: There are still no conclusive studies proving that Glutathione is absorbed into the body when taken orally. There is no evidence to support the claim that it can help to whiten your skin; in fact, it’s a waste of money.
  2. Alpha-Tocopherol or Vitamin E: According to studies, consumption of only vitamin E form of Alpha-Tocopherol results in a shortage of other forms of vitamin E, which can have harmful effects on your body.
  3. Omega-6 Fatty Acid: A healthy diet contains a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, and some omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation. In fact, some studies suggest that elevated intakes of omega-6 fatty acids may play a role in complex regional pain syndrome. The typical American diet tends to contain 14 to 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids*. It is important to maintain the ratio of fatty acids balance 6:3, as all types of vegetable oils that we consume already contain omega 6. Therefore, it is not necessary to spend your money on omega 6 as an additional dietary supplement because doing so may upset the balance of your body.
  4. Squalene Spring Leaf: The benefits have not been proven or guaranteed; however, it definitely increases your cholesterol levels. That alone should be enough for you not to waste money on it.
  5. Vitamin A: According to a number of studies conducted recently, synthesized vitamin A is more likely to bring unfavorable results. It causes an accumulation of toxic substances when taken in high doses.
  6. Iron: Iron supplements are recommended for those who are anemic as a result of iron deficiency and also for those who may have donated a lot of blood. However, if you do not have anemia, it is recommended that you not consume iron supplements; an excess of iron can produce harmful free radicals.
  7. Vitamins: Vitamin supplements, in any form,  are not to be consumed like “candy or sweets” because they are actually medications that can impact your body in positive ways when taken correctly or potentially very negative ways if not consumed in accordance with instructions.  It is advisable that you consult a specialist about your vitamin needs, how to consume them, and their side effects.

References

  1.  Omega 5: Fatty Acids. Available from http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega6-fatty-acids . Accessed on March 3, 2016.

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