Don’t Get Too Hooked On Supplements:
Many people take supplements without prescription. Supplements usually come in pill, powder or liquid form. Common supplements include vitamins, minerals and herbal products, also known as botanicals. Some supplements may have side effects, especially if taken before surgery or with other medicines. Supplements can also causes problems if you have certain health conditions. And the effects of many supplements haven’t been tested in children, pregnant women and other groups.
Supplements may create harm in many ways, including over-consumption, particularly of minerals and fat-soluble vitamins which can build up in the body. The products may cause harm related to their rapid absorption in a short period of time, quality issues such as contamination, or by adverse interactions with other foods and medications.
When in the course of working out, you will inevitably see somebody chugging down a nasty looking mixture of powder and water. Bodybuilders swear by their supplements, and every fitness magazine and website has advertisements and even whole sections based only on supplements.
But what is it that you’re putting into your body? Can it be dangerous to you? Several might scoff at the idea, saying there is nothing wrong with protein and other vitamins that you get from these drinks. But like everything in this world, too much of a good think will go away you sick.
An instance of diet supplement overdose took place back in 2010, when a liquid diet came out that required people to continually up the amount they consumed on a week-by-week basis.
Unfortunately, the diet product contained selenium, a trace mineral that our body requires, but only in small doses.
Too much can be toxic, as was evidenced by the fact that people who subscribed to this diet all suffered varying degrees of selenium poisoning after a few weeks.
Other vitamins such as A, D, E and K are also bad in large doses for our body. Other vitamins, such as vitamin C, are water soluble, so excess amounts will be discarded when you urinate. A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, and cannot be excreted naturally, and thus will build up to toxic levels if continually ingested in large amounts, and hence avoid hooked too much of supplements.
The number of incidents of liver damage from dietary supplements has tripled in a decade. Most of the supplements were bodybuilding supplements. Some of the patients require liver transplants and some die.
Melatonin is a popular supplement for the sleep-deprived, namely because it carries rather innocent associations. Melatonin is “natural” and “safe” and “herbal”, right? And also it is very dangerous supplements. Frequent melatonin use – especially in the typical dosage of 3-6 milligrams – can trigger a bit of a vicious cycle in the brain. Supplement with melatonin regularly to get to sleep, and your body is going to produce even less, creating even greater need for the hormone. It’s not that you can’t ever take melatonin; but I think it’s important that people understand the facts.
Most supplements should be avoided, and usually people should not eat micro nutrients except people with clearly shown deficiency.