RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show
RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show

Can These 5 Dietary Supplements Be Harmful to Your Health?

December 16, 20139 min
Many of us seeing the words “all natural” on a dietary supplement bottle, trust the product and believe that it must be non-toxic and safe to use. Many of us seeing the words “all natural” on a dietary supplement bottle, trust the product and believe that it must be non-toxic and safe to use. Some experts claim that certain supplements can be ineffective or hazardous to your health when overused. Many manufacturers have a higher price-point for higher concentration supplements, due to supposed greater efficiency. How do you know if you are consuming the proper amount? Calcium: Due to the high daily consumption of cereals, breads, granola and pasta, the average American diet contains many times the required daily amount of calcium.  When the marketers of calcium supplements started a campaign informing us that we weren’t getting enough calcium in our diets, people began taking extra calcium. A few years ago, reports were released suggesting that excess calcium consumption was a major contributing factor to hardening of the arteries and the heart, and that the presence of excess calcium in the blood contributes to kidney stone formation.Health educators Carl and Jhoane Robinson discuss the five most commonly overused supplements and the serious side effects when taken at high amounts for prolonged periods of time.

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