If you’ve been in a drug store lately and dare set foot in the vitamin aisle, you’ve likely left feeling incredibly confused. Packaging boasting of more energy, better sleep and overall health, are some of the many promises that this plethora of over-the-counter vitamins promise you. For a little peace of mind, we decided to clear a few things up about what vitamins not to take, and more importantly, how to know.
Age. Our ability to absorb vitamin B-12 decreases when we get older, simply because the body produces less stomach acid. If you are over 50, then it will certainly do you good to take a high qualify B-complex vitamin for this reason.
Current state of health. There is a long list of medical conditions that could increase your need to up certain nutrients. For example, patients with type 2 diabetes could benefit from taking magnesium because this mineral gets excreted through their urine more than someone without the condition.
Diet. If you are vegetarian or vegan, it’s important that you supplement with B-12, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, vitamin D and zinc.
Acid Reflux. If you suffer from acid reflux and take an acid reducer like Prilosec, it’s important for you to take folic acid because the medication works to inhibit the absorption of folic acid, which could prevent it from utilizing vitamin B12 in the long run.
Cholesterol drugs. It’s critical that you know that cholesterol lowering medications can stress your liver and also cause increase in glucose readings that can bring on diabetes. Give your liver and pancreas extra support if you are taking those cholesterol lower medications. Sometimes when you give extra supplement support to your liver and pancreas your cholesterol lowers naturally. Talk to your holistic doctor for good recommendations. There may be some muscle soreness associated with prescription medications for lowering cholesterol.
So, now that we’ve dissected the pros and cons of mixing vitamins, let’s take it a step further and learn about who should be taking a multi-vitamin.
1. Keep in mind that your number one priority is gaining nutrients from a well-rounded diet.
2. In most cases a doctor will agree that there is no harm in taking a multi, run it by your doctor.
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