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It’s easy to get lost in the supplement hype and overdose or take them without a doctor’s approval.
However, some supplements can cause more harm than good if taken too often. Here are some of the most common ones:
4 Supplements You Shouldn’t Use Too Often
- High Doses of Vitamin E
Vitamin E supplements are used to prevent heart disease and some types of cancer, but too much vitamin E can harm your health.
As an antioxidant, it can help prevent damage caused by free radicals, but large doses are linked to increased heart disease risks. It’s best to consume only moderate amounts of vitamin E because high doses can increase your risk of bleeding problems or liver damage.
- Zinc & Antibiotics
Zinc supplements help regulate immune function, promote wound healing, and help your body absorb iron, copper, and other nutrients.
But taking zinc supplements with antibiotics can lead to inefficient absorption of these minerals because they compete for absorption sites in the intestinal tract and can lead to Vitamin B2 deficiencies.
- Caffeine pills.
Caffeine pills are a popular way to boost energy and alertness. But it’s best to avoid caffeine pills altogether if you have an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, or if you’re pregnant or nursing.
If you must use caffeine pills for medical reasons, monitor your blood pressure and heart rate regularly.
- Vitamin C supplements.
Vitamin C supplements help the human body fight disease and infection. Many people take vitamin C supplements to improve their immune system or to help them recover from illness more quickly.
But vitamin C supplements don’t work as well as food sources of this antioxidant — such as citrus fruits and vegetables — so they’re not worth taking much of a dose unless you have a deficiency or other condition requiring extra vitamin C intake (such as scurvy). Plus, high doses can cause gastrointestinal upset and kidney problems in some people.
Moderation is the key to making the most supplements without suffering dangerous side effects. Don’t hesitate to consult a specialist if you are unsure how much (or how often) you should use them.
Blair Thomas has been a music producer, bouncer, screenwriter, and for over a decade, has been the proud Co-Founder of eMerchantBroker, the highest-rated Vitamin Supplement Merchant Account provider in the country. He has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a hurricane, and lived in a gold mine in the Yukon. He currently calls Thailand his home with a lifetime collection of his favorite books.