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The real truth about supplements

Updated on January 27, 2012
Expensive Nonsense
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Vitamins not warranted in a healthy diet

Working in hematology I have learned a great deal about the body and the one thing I have been given proof of or should I say what I have known all along is that you do not need supplemental vitamins unless you are deficient in vitamins.

Taking supplements when you don't need them can not only have an ill affect on you, such as iron, and men should never take iron unless they are iron deficient because it could cause a caridac arrest. As a matter of fact no one needs iron unless they are iron deficient.

Of course the gym rats and trainers will tell you that you need supplementation but this is farther from the truth. When you take vitamins and your body doesn't use them, the only thing you do is excrete them in your urine. So your pretty much paying for expensive pee people.

If you are feeling tired, I would suggest that you have your general practioner check your vitamin levels before you decide to partake in taking a handful of vitamins you don't need. If you are eating a balanced diet, you don't need vitamins. If you are not vitamin deficient, you don't need vitamins.

Unless you are told by your doctor to take supplements, GNC and all the other health food stores are selling you expensive products that really are doing you no good.

Now don't get me wrong Omega threes are good for heart health and some other vitamins like vitamin C will help fend off a cold but all the other vitamins are a waste of money if your body is not deficient in those vitamins.

There is very little evidence in research to support that vitamins are of any value. Billions of dollars are spent each year on this business and that is exactly what it is a business to sell people things they don't need.

If you are anemic then yes your doctor will prescribe iron for you but only if you are deficient in that vitamin. The same is with B-12. Having too much of these vitamins can be fatal.

If you are over all not feeling your normal self then I would say have your doctor check your vitamin levels. If you are deficient then by all means take them. If you are not then find the other reason why you are feeling the way you do.

Wasting money on vitamins is exactly that a waste of money and you are just peeing out what your body doesn't use and if it doesn't need it then guess what???? You took something for nothing which is like I said a waste of money.

The doctors I work for I asked them: Do we need vitamins? They said: No if your not deficient in them then no you do not need them.

To your health people. Don't take what you don't need.

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      DearBandit 6 years ago

      that makes a lot of sense. I will be e mailing this! voted up!

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      LiveSmart360now 6 years ago

      I certainly agree with you Cheryl. Thank you for the feedback.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      I do use protein shakes too that have vitamins in it but to actually take supplements they are a true waste of money. Thanks for the comment.

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      LiveSmart360now 6 years ago

      I think this is true, but many people just don't eat right. That's why I use - and only use LiveSmart360 - new Manna shake drink which became available in November. No more "yellow" pee after takig a multi-vitamin pill, and I am feeling better and not begging for my day to be over because I am tired all the time.

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