Here’s why you should only take multivitamins prescribed by your doctor

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  • Taking vitamins and food supplements without a doctor’s prescription could just be a waste of money
  • A study abroad see only a few positive effects of multivitamins to people
  • Experts still emphasize on the importance of seeking professional advice in order to know which vitamins or supplements would work best for a patient

Have you ever been advised by a close friend or a family member to take some vitamins or food supplements?

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We usually take multivitamins to give us more energy and accomplish our tasks throughout the day. However, new research suggests that a bottle of these vitamins and supplements does not actually provide that much help in our body.

The study has been published in May 2018 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in which researchers analyzed data from over 150 clinical trials from January 2012 to October 2017.

According to Dr. David Jenkins, a nutritionist at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital and lead author of the research, they were able to find only a few positive effects from the most common supplements people consume. Taking these supplements to acquire multivitamins, Vitamin D, calcium or Vitamin C, causes no harm but there is no recorded advantage either.

His team also knew that taking folic acid and B-vitamins with folic acid may help reduce the chances of getting heart illnesses and stroke. On the other hand, researchers found that taking supplements with niacin and antioxidants gives a very small impact that may be related to an increase risk to one’s demise from any cause.

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“These findings suggest that people should be conscious of the supplements they’re taking and ensure they’re applicable to the specific vitamin or mineral deficiencies they have been advised of by their healthcare provider,” Dr. Jenkins said.

He added that proper diet is necessary in order to fill the vitamins and minerals needed in our body.