Vitamins: Too Much Of A Not-so-good Thing?

Vitamins & Minerals For Hair That’s Healthier, Stronger And Shinier

It is important for consumers to have an open dialogue with their health care practitioners about their dietary supplement regimens, and hopefully this book won’t deter them from doing so.” The abundance of strong studies on the harmful effects of megavitamins suggests to Offit that these supplements are worse than Vioxx. That was an anti-inflammatory drug that its manufacturer, Merck, voluntarily withdrew from the market in 2004 after evidence emerged of its harm to the heart in some people. “I think if vitamins were a regulated industry, you could argue that megavitamins would have a black box warning on them,” he told CNN. Because the industry is not regulated, Offit said, no one knows if alternative remedies are actually the same, or have a standard concentration, from batch to batch. No safety or efficacy data is available, either, the way there is with pharmaceuticals regulated by the U.S.
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Rickets, Caused by Vitamin D Deficiency, Makes a Comeback

Your body makes vitamin D after exposure to sunlight, and it’s also available through food. Rickets was historically considered to be a disease of poverty among children who toiled in factories during the Industrial Revolution, and some experts have hypothesized it afflicted literary characters like Tiny Tim in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Last month, Britain’s chief medical officer, Dr. Sally Davies, described the return of rickets as “appalling.” She proposed the country give free vitamins to all children under 5 and asked the country’s independent health watchdog to study if that would be worthwhile. Most people get vitamin D from the sun, oily fish, eggs or dairy products. Rickets largely disappeared from Britain in the 1950s, when the country embarked on mass programs to give children cod liver oil.
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Dr. Paul Offit says everyone should be more skeptical about taking large doses of vitamins.

Stronger Nails: Whole Grains Extra credit: Whole grains (preferably gluten-free), like millet, are also an excellent option, advises Snyder. Hangover Cure “Eat lots of potassium,” says Snyder. “Potassium is integral in balancing pH levels, maintaining proper fluid levels and the balancing of other minerals, like sodium — which in excess amounts can dry out your skin or make it look puffy. Potassium-rich foods are important for good health because healthy levels of potassium encourage responsible waste elimination from the body and the assimilation of glucose for muscle energy.” Hangover Cure: Coconut Water “Drink coconut water, it is one of the best natural hydrators,” says Snyder.
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