Supplements you can skip
Information about vitamins can be confusing. There are vitamins and supplements that doctors take daily, but there are also some reasons why certain vitamins could make you feel worse. For women, doctors explain why it’s probably unnecessary to waste your time or money on the following supplements.
Women are constantly being told that they need to consume more calcium. But if you already include ample dairy in your diet, you likely don’t need a calcium supplement. In fact, popping a pill along with all the milk and yogurt you’re already eating could be dangerous, cautions Tasneem Bhatia, MD, integrative medicine expert and founder of CentrespringMD. “Getting 400 to 600 milligrams of calcium daily, or about what you’d find in a cup of 1 percent milk and a 6-ounce yogurt, can strengthen bones and improve sleep. However, consuming more than 1,200 milligrams per day can increase heart attack risk in postmenopausal women.” Popping too many calcium supplements may also cause hypercalcemia, a condition that can weaken bones, create kidney stones, and interfere with heart and brain health, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Don’t miss these six vitamin myths you need to stop believing.