Vitamins: Too Much Of A Not-so-good Thing?

The Top Five Vitamins You Should Not Take

It is important for consumers to have an open dialogue with their health care practitioners about their dietary supplement regimens, and hopefully this book won’t deter them from doing so.” The abundance of strong studies on the harmful effects of megavitamins suggests to Offit that these supplements are worse than Vioxx. That was an anti-inflammatory drug that its manufacturer, Merck, voluntarily withdrew from the market in 2004 after evidence emerged of its harm to the heart in some people. “I think if vitamins were a regulated industry, you could argue that megavitamins would have a black box warning on them,” he told CNN. Because the industry is not regulated, Offit said, no one knows if alternative remedies are actually the same, or have a standard concentration, from batch to batch. No safety or efficacy data is available, either, the way there is with pharmaceuticals regulated by the U.S.
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Vitamins & Minerals For Hair That’s Healthier, Stronger And Shinier

So what should one do? Ignore the marketing, and treat supplements like you would any other medicine: take them with caution. If you are taking regular vitamin supplements, or thinking about it, ask your doctor before doing so. And by the way, 100 grams of spinach has healthy amounts of vitamins A, C, E, K, several B vitamins, and essential minerals including iron and calcium.
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Dr. Paul Offit says everyone should be more skeptical about taking large doses of vitamins.

Meanwhile, whip up these yummy beauty recipes: Loading Slideshow Shiny, Healthy Hair: Carrots “Carrots have a high amount of beta-carotene, the precursor for vitamin A, among the common vegetables,” says Snyder. “Vitamin A is necessary for shiny, well-moisturized head of hair, as well as promoting a healthy scalp, which is essential for healthy hair growth.” Shiny, Healthy Hair “Your hairs healthy growth depends on the overall health of your body and the nutrients youre putting into it,” says Snyder. “When there are limited nutrients to go around, your hair will inevitably suffer, because your hair isnt an organ the body deems necessary for survival, youll be left with dull, brittle, hair.” Shiny, Healthy Hair: Pumpkin Seeds Extra credit: “Try beauty foods like pumpkin seeds, which are an excellent source of zinc, sulfur and vitamin A,” notes Snyder. “These three compounds, taken together, are particularly helpful in building strong hair. They also contain B vitamins, which include biotin, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair, helping prevent thin and brittle hair, and increasing hair growth.” Stronger Nails “Your nails indicate how mineralized your body is,” says Snyder.
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