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Supplements: Pros and Cons

Updated on July 14, 2015
You should always treat supplements like real pills, not as if they were candy
You should always treat supplements like real pills, not as if they were candy | Source

Should We Take Them?

If you have a deficiency in your body and you pay your doctor a visit and he tells you that you should be taking those supplements of vitamins and minerals in order to fix the problem that occurred that this is exactly what you need to do.

These supplements of vitamins and minerals have to be taken only if they are indicated by your doctor, after taking the necessary tests that prove you have a problem that needs fixing and always only under supervision from your doctor.

I know that these supplements are released over the counter and people tend to take them like candy just because they've heard somewhere that it is healthy to add to your natural supply, or sometimes replace it completely when your body isn't making it on its own, but this can only be decided after investigations, and this is what people seem to forget most of the time.

So, these vitamins and minerals need to be treated as medication not like harmless candy and taken as indicated by your doctor. They are safe only as long as they are under control and supervision.

In order to benefit from the help of supplements you should always take them after testing yourself and under medical guidance
In order to benefit from the help of supplements you should always take them after testing yourself and under medical guidance | Source

What Harm Can They Do?

This is the phrase that absolutely always leads to a future problem related to the consumption of over the counter vitamins and minerals. Just because you don't need a doctor's recipe for them it doesn't mean they are good to take as the patient sees fit.

The biggest problem is not that adults are taking them, although this isn't something to be ignored, but that they are giving them to their children without consulting a doctor first. I can't stress this enough, you need to get tested and see if you need those vitamins.

Parents often say: "they are just vitamins, what can go wrong? I took them and I am fine".

First of all, no human body is similar to another, this is why diets, exercises and medication work differently even on family members because their bodies react differently. Second, or maybe this should be the main reason for not self-medicating, is that as long as something is strong enough to help you it is also strong enough to harm you.

You have to always remember this. If that pill of calcium is strong enough to fix a calcium deficiency, or repair an impaired bone, then it is definitely strong enough to also produce damages inside your body.

Did you know that if a person doesn't have calcium deficit and it brings more calcium into the body through supplements they risk developing bone structures on soft tissues, for their bones to curve in odd directions or to accumulate kidney stones, or to enlarge the ones that already exist?

I have seen a teenage girl who took calcium and other vitamins during her childhood and she ended up with a prominent breastbone that popped when pushed slightly, going a little bit inside and then coming back to its new form. That is a scary picture, but that happened from something as taking the extra calcium when there was no need for it.

Another girl ended up weighing 216 pounds (98 kilos) when she was 16 years old because her mother forced her to take vitamins and minerals as a child. The reason is so stupid, the mother considered that the daughter wasn't eating enough so she needed more vitamins to make her hungry. Needles to tell you that she put on even more fat and now she is 30 years old and almost three times than she should be.

She hates her mother from getting her where she is today and since her self-esteem has been affected she lacks the will to take measures about her weight, and every attempt ends up in failure making her eat even more. I do have to mention that until the age of 12 years old she was a normal child with the recommended weight.

Try replacing supplements with natural solutions as often as you can. Either you take them from food or natural pills it doesn't matter as long as they are not chemicals
Try replacing supplements with natural solutions as often as you can. Either you take them from food or natural pills it doesn't matter as long as they are not chemicals | Source

Should We Say "Pass" On Supplements?

Not as long as your clinical tests show that there is a problem in your body which it doesn't seem that your organism is fit to fix it. Take the test, see if you really need calcium, iron, magnesium, B complex vitamins and whatever else it might show that you are lacking, and only then consider taking them under the doctor's guidance and recommendation.

You shouldn't fear of supplements because that is not what I am trying to tell you, but you should learn to take them properly and only when needed.

If you can try replacing them with natural solutions, if the deficit in the body isn't that great and it only needs a little boost that would be perfect. Also, try fixing that specific problem, so instead of taking a complex of vitamins and minerals if you lack zinc for example, ask your doctor for a prescription of only that particular element, or the closest thing you can find that doesn't have a thousand of other minerals or vitamins that you don't need.

Supplements of minerals and vitamins are safe and great as long as they are taken after tests that show a deficiency in the body, recommended by your doctor and under his supervision, respecting his indications, and on a determined period of time, not for years on a row.

Respect these simple rules and you will be just fine.

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    • florypaula profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thank you for taking the time to read it ChitrangadaSharan. I am happy you liked it and find it important. I know many people are used to take them as candy, as I said in my article, but they have no idea how much harm they can do. My mother made me take them when I was young but at some point I refused them and that was a great decision.

      Have a nice day.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice and important hub!

      I don't take supplements and try to take the required nutrients from the many food choices we have.

      Thanks and voted up as useful!


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