Are any supplements bad for your health?

Based on individual physiology, (we are all slightly different), most anything could be bad for one’s health, including shellfish, nuts, certain fruits, etc., among those with allergic reactions. Although a certain supplement may be healthy for most people, such as a daily multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM), dosing it incorrectly may have negative health consequences -- i.e. more is not better. Also keep in mind that many useful supplements may be contraindicated when using certain medications. As an example, high doses of vitamin E may be harmless for most people but if you were also taking blood thinning medication, it could harmful. It is our position that some supplements can be useful related to health, fitness and sport but we advise against the use of supplements/herbs for medicinal purposes unless working with a qualified physician. Additionally, if you are using medication you should always seek a doctor’s approval to use any supplements.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.