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I'm a Doctor and Warn You Know This Before Taking Vitamins

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Eat This, Not That! Health talked to several doctors and medical experts who explained what to know before taking vitamins.
Millions of people take vitamins on a regular basis to stay healthy, but they may not provide the benefits you think, according to some doctors. Experts warn it's important to thoroughly research each brand, understand the potential risks and consult your physician first. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

1 Don't Take Vitamins in Substitute of a Healthy Diet

We can get a lot of our vitamins from having a healthy diet. Dr. Jacob Hascalovici says, "It's true that aging can make it a bit more difficult to get all the nutrients women's bodies need to stay strong and healthy, but that doesn't mean that women always need to turn to supplements for their vitamins and nutrients. If you have concerns, you may want to evaluate your overall eating habits first — you may already be getting enough nutrients if you're eating a wide range of colorful fruits and vegetables along with whole grains, nuts, beans, low-fat dairy and lean proteins. It may also be a good idea to talk to your doctor or nutritionist before adding in a supplement, as people's specific nutritional needs can vary. It is possible to ingest certain vitamins and supplements in higher than ideal levels, which can have negative impacts over time, which is why there's no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to nutritional supplements."

2 Many Vitamins Are Not Regulated

"The purity of supplements depends largely on the manufacturer, and it is sometimes hard to say which are good or bad," Dr. Jae Pak, M.D., of Jae Pak Medical explains. "That said, my advice is to fully vet the supplier where you are purchasing supplements, and always speak to your doctor before adding any vitamin into your routine. [Vitamins] are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which means even the most expensive vitamins may not be as pure as you think they are. Some products contain more fillers than actual helpful ingredients, so it is…
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