Here we will discuss all you need to know about vitamins. Even if you aren’t very well connected to scientific news throughout the media, you are likely aware of the many different claims and research evidence on this topic that’s not only overwhelming, but also often contradicting.
What really matters to the average person about vitamins is all we seek to address.
If you were to focus on the claims that really matter, the information that is truly relevant, you would discover that there quite simply isn’t much to know about vitamins. That’s the short answer, anyways. But generally, you shouldn’t try to become an academic expert on vitamins and all of its intricacies. There’s too much information that isn’t really necessary to know.
Having said that, there are of course certain facts about vitamins and minerals that adults looking to live a healthy lifestyle should absolutely be aware of. Most people for instance can benefit from calcium and vitamin D supplementation as it’s very uncommon to meet the daily requirement of those nutrients through diet alone.
Also, the intake of certain vitamins becomes more important at different stages of a person’s life. Folate, or folic acid, is especially important for pregnant women, and daily supplementation of a B-complex vitamin that provides those nutrients is beneficial.
Above all, the most important thing to remember is to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Special attention should be given to selecting foods based on the guidelines set by the USDA. Multivitamin supplementation is beneficial, and recommended since very few of us eat a well-balanced diet consistently. However, we must remember that supplementation is not a substitute for a poor diet.
When it comes to actually supplementing with the vitamins themselves, it’s fairly simple. Just take one or two capsules daily of your chosen product, and rest assured you have satisfied your body’s vitamin needs for that day. However, if we are to look upon this even further, and consider that we also have to maintain a proper balance of vitamins, that’s when things get slightly more difficult.
This is because sometimes the interaction between the supplements and different prescribed medications can cause health complications. For instance, some nutrients might interact with each other to limit the body’s ability to absorb a medication. For this reason, it’s important to discuss this information with your doctor should you supplement with a multivitamin and/or choose to change a prescription or obtain a new one.
A fair warning, it’s important to remember that too much of even beneficial vitamins and minerals can be harmful. Too often do people try to overcompensate for being vitamin deficient by taking very large doses of vitamin supplements. There is a fine line between taking enough supplements to meet your daily requirement and taking enough to maximize your vitamin consumption. Sometimes, taking very large amounts of vitamins is used to treat or prevent certain illnesses or diseases.
A great example is vitamin C, which is often taken in large doses to combat colds, although there hasn’t been conclusive evidence to support the effectiveness of this just yet. However, there are often consequences to this practice. For instance, taking very high doses of Niacin, or vitamin B3 can harm the liver and impair its proper functioning. Using supplements as a form of therapy should only considered and done after first consulting your physician.
Before taking any supplement, just remember that supplements are not a substitute for a healthy and balanced diet. Moreover, always examine the evidence behind any health claims behind supplement products, and always seek information from your physician should there be any doubts, and before supplementation.