Healthy Or Not? Know Your Supplements Before You Pop That Pill

Know Your Supplements Before You Pop That Pill

Approx. half of the American are taking supplements to get an adequate amount of minerals for their body. Due to which herbal, dietary and over-the-counter drug industries are growing continuously. We know supplements can improve your health, but some of them can lead to potential side-effects if they’re not taken as recommended by your doctor.

Here are the three supplements that you must take carefully.

1. Too much of Vitamin D can harm your kidneys

Vitamin D is required in body to absorb calcium from the blood i.e., it is required for the good health and to reduce Osteoporosis risk. But in some cases, healthy post-menopausal women taking low-dose of vitamin D supplements might not actually need them. In this case vitamin D can harm their kidneys. Vitamin D supplements are beneficial for women who are more than 65 years and have vitamin D deficiency- or have risk of osteoporosis. The recommended amount of vitamin D for an adult is 600 IU per day and 800 IU per day for individuals who are above 70 years. Taking vitamin D more than as recommended by your doctor can affect your health. So make sure to take vitamin D supplements as recommended by your doctor.

2. Calcium: The Excess Settles in Your Arteries

Calcium is one of the essential nutrients for strong bones and a healthy heart, but too much of it is not a good thing. Try to get calcium from your diet as much as possible. The recommended amount of calcium for an adult is 1,000 mg in a day and 1,200 mg in a day for women 71 and above. If you’ve low level calcium in your body then your doctor may recommend you calcium supplements. But adults of ages 19–50 years taking calcium more than 2,500 mg in a day and individuals of age 51 and above taking calcium more than 2,000 mg in a day can experience several health problems. If individuals don’t have sufficient amount of vitamin D in their body then extra calcium may settle down in the arteries instead of the bones. So make sure to take calcium with vitamin D supplements as recommended by your doctor.

3. Avoid Drug Interactions

Drug interaction in human body can lead to potential side effects. Avoid mixing of drugs and make sure to take them as recommended by your doctor. Don’t take your supplements along with alcohol, grape fruit juice and other drugs to avoid various possible drug interactions. Make sure to read drug label carefully to know about the warnings and side effects of your drug. Consult with your doctor immediately in case of any doubt or signs of side effects.