Did you know that 86 percent of American adults take supplements? Only a quarter of them actually has a nutritional deficiency. So are supplements worth your money?
Most of us do not need to take any supplements and it is actually unlikely that by taking vitamins there will be a noticeable health improvement, what's worse, it could actually cause harm. It is more likely to benefit from a natural diet in case of a nutritional deficiency than from supplements.
These supplements aren't worth your money
Recent research has shown that calcium supplements don't actually decrease the risk of fractures and that, in fact, taking calcium supplements may lead to cardiac events. On the other hand, calcium sourced from food is not correlated with any heart conditions. The safest way to supplement calcium is by improving your diet.
Collagen has been taken for quite a bit now to improve bones, hair, skin and nails. In fact, collagen supplements are especially popular those days. Our bodies produce collagen when you eat foods rich in vitamin C and amino acids. It is a good idea to eat berries, garlic, beans, fish, and nuts to increase levels of hyaluronic acid and collagen. If you follow a balanced diet, you don't actually need to take any collagen supplements.
Water soluble vitamins
Water soluble vitamins are vitamin C and the B vitamins –folate, niacin, biotin, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6 among others. Most supplements taken beyond the recommended daily dose get flushed almost instantaneously in your urine. So, taking more than you actually need won't provide any other health benefit. On the other hand, fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K, can be stored in your fat, but when taken in excess, they can turn toxic.
The bottom line
Supplementing your diet with vitamins should always be discussed with a doctor. Taking multivitamins if you don't need them could not only be a waste of money, but it could actually be harmful as well.