Are Multivitamins Worth the Risk?

Many people swear by multivitamins as an essential health supplement. It provides the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs. However, as with any tablet you ingest, a multivitamin comes with a set of risks. It’s important that you know what they are so that you make an informed decision about taking a multivitamin.

It is possible to overdose on certain vitamins and minerals

If your body contains too much Vitamin A, D, E, or K, it can become a life-threatening situation for you. These are not water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin B. The body can expel excess water-soluble vitamins. If you take more than the recommended dose, or you use more than one multivitamin simultaneously, you expose yourself to the risk of overdose.

Not all multivitamins are good for pregnant women

A pregnant woman should take a prenatal multivitamin made specifically for pregnancy. Regular multivitamins contain vitamins and minerals that could harm the baby.

Multivitamins may interact negatively with certain medications

Before you decide to start taking a multivitamin, speak to your pharmacist about any medical conditions you might have. Include the medications you must take as well.  Your pharmacist can tell you if a multivitamin will interact negatively with them.

But multivitamins are good for you. They replace depleted vitamins and minerals. With today’s fast-paced lifestyle and poor dietary choices, this is important. The best way to avoid the risks of using multivitamins is to consult your doctor or pharmacist before making any decisions.