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SEE ALSO :Exercise tips for weight lossNutritional supplements and other complementary nutritional products have gained popularity with their promise of quick, miraculous results. Due to the fact that dietary and herbal supplements aren’t regulated like drugs, they can be easily procured, even from hawkers in public transport, without a prescription which promotes their use. There is a lot of publicity on potential benefits of supplements usually targeting vulnerable individuals. Unlike medicine, supplements rarely indicate potential side effects and publicity doesn’t include possible harmful effects. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015 showed that adverse effects of supplements were responsible for approximately 23,000 emergency department visits every year. Majority of those visiting were mostly women on weight loss supplements and men on sexual enhancement and body building products. Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology titled ‘Vitamin E and the risk of prostate cancer: updated results of the selenium and vitamin E cancer prevention trial’, found that dietary supplementation with vitamin E significantly increase the risk of prostate cancer among healthy men. Over-consumption of vitamin E is also associated with increased risk of heart failure. Supplements have their place and some do enhance health in different situations that are well researched on. For example, calcium supports bone health and vitamin D helps in absorption of calcium. Folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects of the spinal cord and brain. Such prescriptions come with correct dosage depending on severity of the deficiency, age and physiological status of a person.
SEE ALSO :Healthy liver, disease-free lifeEven though many people take supplements to improve or maintain health, not everyone needs them. It is actually possible to get all your nutrients by eating well balanced diet with a variety of foods from all food groups.