We all know there's no magic pills to keep us healthy and we've got to put in the work with good food and exercise to have optimal health. Getting the nutrients we need is essential for our well-being and if you have a balanced diet chances are you don't need supplements. However, there are cases when they're necessary like vitamin deficiencies and there's no shortage of options. While the shelves are lined with products promising health benefits, there's little to no value with many. Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, Urgent Care Medical Director and Physician, Carbon Health and Saint Mary's Hospital who shares which vitamins are a waste of money and why. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
What to Know Before Taking Vitamins
Dr. Curry-Winchell tells us, "Vitamins are important, but they can cause harm. Your body naturally makes most vitamins such as D and K — so taking extras can put your health at risk. Most often people take too many vitamins to improve their health and/or treat a condition leading to more harm than good. It's important to note, vitamins are not regulated by the FDA for their safety and effectiveness or marketing practices before they are placed on store shelves."
Why You Should Always Speak with Your Physician Before Taking Vitamins
According to Dr. Curry-Winchell, "Vitamins can interact (change the effectiveness) of a medication you are taking and create and/or worsen underlying health conditions."
"If you eat a lot of meat, fish, veggies, and dairy products – save your money," Dr. Curry-Winchell advises. "Vitamin A is found inside all these foods."
Dr. Curry-Winchell emphasizes, "Vitamin C is a huge part of your diet. Taking extra doses can cause several adverse effects such as headache and vomiting."
Dr. Curry-Winchell explains, "Naturally, your body generates and regulates vitamin D. It also gets a good amount from your diet and exposure to the sun."
"Not only does your body make this on its own, it can also be found in leafy green vegetables," Dr. Curry-Winchell says. "No need to overdo this one."