Vitamin deficiency can only be determined through proper blood tests. Supplements should be consumed under proper medical supervision. Experts warn that taking vitamin supplements without consulting a doctor can lead to vitamin overdose and cause serious health conditions.
The NHS states, “Many people choose to take supplements but taking too much or taking them for too long could be harmful”.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, there are certain supplements which can cause serious health concerns if taken in high doses. For instance, beta carotene can increase the risk of lung cancer in the smokers if they have high doses of it. Similarly, excessive calcium and vitamin D may lead to kidney stones. Stroke due to bleeding in the brain is another condition that may be caused due to high doses of vitamin E. There are other conditions as well like interference with the anti-clotting effects of blood thinners by vitamin K, impaired body movements due to consumption of vitamin B6 in high amounts for longer periods of time.
It further states, “Supplements prescribed by a doctor are helpful for people with certain medical issues. Otherwise, it’s best to get your vitamins and minerals from food and not a pill”. In conclusion, only a doctor can recommend if you need vitamin supplements after looking at your blood reports and the related symptoms.
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