The Dangers of Nutritional Supplements

nutritional supplementsApart from excessive overdosing, which with any foodstuff or drink, however harmless, can cause problems that can be fatal, there seems no hard evidence to suggest that pharmaceutical grade supplements approved by the USFDA can be dangerous.

A number of herbal supplements are recognized to have side effects in some individuals but then even aspirin, regularly prescribed to thin the blood to avoid strokes, can be a cause of stomach ulcers.

The fact is that there are few effective medications that have no adverse side effects in certain circumstances, but as a golden rule the benefits are considered to outweigh the risks.

In the United States, as in most developed countries, there is legislation in place to ensure that all food and drugs comply with strict standards.

Supplement Labels

Supplements are categorized as food products and must clearly state on their packaging all the ingredients and their amounts. Furthermore the USFDA imposes upon manufacturers of Liquid V supplements the requirement that labels should indicate any possible side effects.

In a recent year the USFDA received some 13000 reports of bad reactions to dietary supplements but it seems that the reports were anecdotal, unverified and prone to error.

If every report was accurate and represented an adverse reaction, however slight, to a dietary supplement this would represent less than one hundredth of one percent of the 150 million Americans reportedly taking daily dietary supplements.

The media can be considered responsible for the over hyping of reports of dangers from taking nutritional supplements and of course they have no responsibility to verify or authenticate the accuracy of their sources.

As they say bad news sells newspapers

Any reports of supplement dangers must be and are taken very seriously and it is the responsibility of the US Food and Drug Administration and the equivalent agencies in other parts of the world to investigate and, if necessary, ban the distribution and sale of any supplement proven to pose a danger.

One note of warning, do not be tempted to use a sun bed or visit a tanning parlor to top up on Vitamin D.

Although a primary source of Vitamin D is sunlight, the UV rays emitted by the sun and artificially in sun beds, too much exposure can lead to skin cancer and premature skin ageing.

Studies have shown that the bodies absorption of Vitamin D from UV rays is self limiting.

About 20 minutes a day exposed to reasonable sunlight is sufficient. The preferred way to absorb Vitamin D is from natural sources such as milk, oily fish, fortified cereals and margarines, liver, beef and eggs or essential nutritional supplements.

By sticking to the dosage advice given on the manufacturers label it is extremely unlikely that there will be any exposure to danger from taking any pharmaceutical grade vitamins and supplements.

As in all our eating habits moderation and the addition of daily supplements can lead to a healthy and toned body and that wonderful feeling of physical well being.

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