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Vitamins - Yay or Nay?

Updated on January 13, 2008

Recently I came across a blog entry in AOL's homepage commenting on Reader's Digest November 2007 issue 'The Vitamin Hoax - What Not to Take' and they mention vitamins such as vitamin A, folic Acid, vitamin E, C, all vitamins I have taken at some point in time, and some I still take, such as folic acid and vitamin C. What caught my attention, is that overdosing is mentioned and which I agree can be dangerous. Taking excess vitamin A for example, has never been advised because it can become toxic and cause blurry vision, hair loss and increase liver problems. Taking iron when one is not deficient in this nutrient can damage blood vessels near the heart, reason why this supplement is best taken after having a health professional do a blood test to determine if you are iron deficient. Yet, iron when needed is an essential and important nutrient.

Will I stop taking vitamins because of these reports? No. We have long term studies that supports the use of vitamins, and in a few months from now, we may get yet another report that continues to support the value of taking vitamins, while another is published that contradicts the benefits of taking supplements. I still believe, this is a society that encourages the use of drugs, as drugs translate into profits for companies and pharmacies. I don't see too many drugs advertised on TV that caution on developing a "possible side effect" such as leukemia being taken off the market! I would be irresponsible in selling vitamins for women experiencing menopause, if I didn't believe that they work. I am my own guinea pig, and I am happy to testify my life change has not been a difficult one because of the balancing supplements I take.

As my Mother used to say, use your common sense, and don't take 5 pills a day because the label suggests this. Using wisdom and listening to your body, especially when it comes to vitamins and herbs, less is better, not more. I often have a day or two during the month where I don't take vitamins or herbs in order to give my body a rest.

Moderation in everything is the key to a healthier life!

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    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      VioletSun, Wonderful healthy advice. Balance is key! I take vitamins and supplements and listen to my body as well. Thank you for sharing! Blessings!

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Ripplemaker: I just took mine about 10 minutes ago. :) I do believe vitamins can help the body stay healthier. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      HI VioletSun, moderation is just right. :-) I grinned because I do that too. I take vitamins and then there are days when I don't.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hhi, Lgali:

      Thanks for commenting!

    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      very good advice for everyone

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks for your reading and adding your comments! I do take supplements but with common sense.

    • funwithtrains profile image

      funwithtrains 

      10 years ago from USA

      Great hub, and a good question! I've heard "experts" say only take a multi-vitamin (like One-a-Day) and not to bulk up on the individual vitamins. I used to bulk up on Vitamin C when I had colds, but after a doctor said that could have caused a kidney stone I had, I now stick to multi-vitamins and some orange juice. I will use some other supplements (besides vitamins) every now and then.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, RA: Yes, I agree with you! The best is to listen to one's body. I notice that I have lost the cravings for certain junk foods as I am not overly strict with my diet, but when hubby buys the chips for example, I have maybe 3 pieces out of the whole bag. I noticed, I crave walnuts, almonds and I figure this is my body's way of communicating with me what it needs.   

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      Research Analyst 

      10 years ago

      I have heard people say vitamins are good for the body and I have heard that vitamins do nothing to help regain energy or provide much needed minerals, so I would say the best thing is to be in tuned to what your body is telling you, and keep a mental note or write down what things make you feel good and what things make you feel bad.

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      My pleasure, Violet!

      Your man's very inspiring. :)

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Kenny: That's the key, listening to the body. My signficant other does not take vitamins, a men's vitamin bottle I purchased for him, is still in the kitchen after 3 years, LOL! but, he is very attuned to his body, does breathing and energy exercises and this is what keeps him healthy. Thanks for stopping by with your comment. :)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile image

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      I agree with you about listening to the body!

      I don't take vitamin pills but prefer to take them in naturally.

      Thank you, this hub takes an impartial view.

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