Supplement users may be overloading on minerals, new study says.
Do you take dietary supplements? If so, a new report suggests that you might be getting too much of a good thing.
A new study that was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that those who take dietary supplements generally eat a healthier diet and therefore get more nutrients from their food than those who don't take supplements. So the irony is that the people who are most likely to take dietary supplements are generally those who need them the least.
In fact, those taking megadoses may be getting too many vitamins and minerals. Overloading on some minerals, like iron, can potentially cause serious health problems, according to a Reuters article. The study, which looked at 8,860 men and women, also found that women were more likely to take dietary supplements than men.
The bottom line? Researchers say to choose dietary supplements to help meet but not exceed the recommended daily intake levels. Do you take a multivitamin? Other supplements?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.