Are Vitamin Supplements Worth It?
Vitamins can bewilder anyone with an average knowledge of nutrition. But what do you want from vitamin supplements, and are you likely to achieve these aims? Follow along for some tips on this topic that can help boost your health.Image by Colin Dunn
Can Vitamin Supplements Be Helpful?
While there are studies that suggest a variety of effects of taking vitamin supplements, from health improvements to zero change or even reports of damaging to health, the general consensus in the medical world is that they can be helpful. Here are some often-cited benefits of vitamins:
- Antioxidants may be effective against cataracts, macular degeneration, and age-related dementia.
- A high-quality daily multivitamin may help defend against infectious disease and boost the immune system.
- Calcium and Vitamin D may lessen the rate of hip fracture in older people. When you consider that a proportion of patients with hip fractures experience serious and even life-threatening complications, these supplements may seem a worthwhile investment to you.
As the debates rage on, more people are coming around to the idea that vitamin supplements can be good for health.
Confused About Vitamins?
While there is enough confusion regarding the effects of vitamin supplements themselves, there is yet more concerning that of what types to take and in what doses or combinations. There is no shortage of vitamin supplement options on the market.
Talk to Your Doctor
There are so many vitamin supplements available in the aisles and over the counters in stores that it’s easy to become overwhelmed with choices. Vitamin supplements, along with other aspects of nutrition, are addressed online and in other media – but you may not have the time or the inclination to sift through all this information yourself.
There is an easier route. Talk to your doctor or nutritionist about vitamin supplements and how they may benefit you. Ask them to take a look at your health and nutrition goals, and to explain how different supplements might help. That would be a great step to becoming healthier, and hence perhaps saving yourself money on premiums the next time you compare health insurance.
Don’t be put off by lack of knowledge or information overload when it comes to matters concerning your health. You can find useful tips in a variety of places, and your health care professionals can give you expert advice too.
Disclaimer: The above information is correct and current at the time of publication.
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