Know Your Vitamins: Here’s a List of Medical Supplements You Shouldn’t Take

The trick seems so simple: Eat raw vegetables, exercise daily, and take supplements and vitamins.

Hold on!

It is not as simple as it looks like. Years and years of studies on vitamins depict that they do not do any good to the body. In fact, most of the supplements and vitamins available in the market today, are not safe and hence, injurious to health.

The studies reveal that the supplements’ consumption has been drastically increased over the last decade – resulting in diseases that were not common before including certain types of cancer and kidney stones.


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In accordance with that, we have compiled a list of supplements you should avoid – and the ones you should definitely take.

Multivitamins: Avoid them

It was assumed that the vitamin A, B, and C protect your vision, keep you energized, and boost your immune system, respectively. Studies have proved this assumption to be false. In fact, a large study conducted in 2011 revealed that women, over 25 years, who took multivitamins in the long terms had a higher risk of death than those who did not.

Vitamin D: Take it

The sunlight is a major source of Vitamin D. It is an important ingredient for the bones and it helps us to absorb the calcium. Studies have revealed that people who took Vitamin D in the form of supplements had a higher life expectancy than those who did not.

Antioxidants: Avoid them

Many fruits and vegetables carry antioxidants. Antioxidants have the ability to protect us from cancer. The studies suggest that taking antioxidants supplement might not be a good idea as it may affect your expected age.

Vitamin C: Avoid it

Fulfil your body’s Vitamin C needs from fruits only. Studies depict that taking high dosage of Vitamin C supplements can harm your kidneys and might result in kidney stones.

Vitamin B3: Avoid it

The recent study on this supplement reveals that people who took Vitamin B3 had a higher risk of infections, liver problems, and internal bleeding than those who did not. The study further suggests that these supplements do not reduce the incidence of heart attacks, strokes, or deaths.

Probiotics: Avoid them

Yogurt (curd) can fulfil your body’s probiotics needs. The studies reveal that spending $1 on a pill will not do any good to you. Therefore, skip the idea of buying such supplements.

Zinc: Take it

Zinc can be used to cure common flu, cold and obesity. The research suggests that the people who had fever, when took Zinc supplements, observed a speedy recovery than those who did not take them. Some fruits also carry Zinc vitamin.

Vitamin E: Avoid it

Despite the common belief that Vitamin E fights against cancer, the studies have disclosed that the people who took Vitamin E over the long term had a greater risk of death than those who did not.

Folic Acid: Take it (if you’re pregnant)

The Folic Acid is used to make new cells in the body. Pregnant women can take the supplement, if required. The studies reveal that the Folic Acid can help reduce the birth defect rates to a huge level. The recommended daily dose is 400 micrograms.

Via BusinessInsider

Note: Please consult a nearby doctor before starting any supplementation.