The dangers of nutritional supplements if taken over the recommended daily recommendations which nowadays, with everything from vitamin water to orange juice being fortified with vitamins and minerals that is possible. Fortified water and orange juice may sound beneficial if your diet is not what it should be. But taking an overload of vitamins and minerals routinely could be harmful.
Too much vitamin C or zinc, for example could cause nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Too much selenium could lead to gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, and mild nerve damage.
While most people aren’t getting megadoses, if you drink fortified orange juice, eat fortified cereal at breakfast, have a vitamin water and grab an energy bar between meals, have enriched pasta for dinner, and also take a daily nutritional supplements, you could be over the recommended daily intake of a host of nutrients.
And it could be even more serious, even fatal:
The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported dietary supplements lead to about 10 deaths a year, most of which are iron overdoses. So there can be real dangers of taking nutritional supplements in excess.
What about prescription drugs?
It is obvious we in the United States have put too much faith in drug therapy, spending close to $200 Billion each year on prescription drugs (not including over the counter drugs).
These drugs are not without dangers either, The American Medical Association published a report stating that 106,000 patients die each year from adverse reactions to drugs that were administered by a medical professional.
Over the counter drugs can also be dangerous, approximately 16,000 people in the United States die each year from adverse reactions to over the counter drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen which can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney and cardiovascular problems.
When you compare the dangers of both prescription and nonprescription drugs in our “pop a pill and everything will be fine” mentality with the dangers of nutritional supplements, there really is no comparison.
We clearly need a shift toward preventing and treating the root cause with diet, nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes with pharmaceutical medications used judiciously to complement the safer natural remedies.
This information is intended to provide helpful educational and informative material. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem or condition or is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified healthcare professional on any matters regarding your health.