The debate on vitamins can seem like it’s never ending. Some people swear by them, others aren’t huge believers. Whatever side you’re on, we’re here to clear up some basic myths and offer facts about over-the-counter vitamins.
1. Myth: When it comes to vitamins, USDA Organic, 100% Certified Organic Ingredients and 100% Natural all mean the same thing.
Fact: These terms are actually pretty different. Here’s a simple breakdown to help you differentiate between the 3.
USDA Organic: Only products made with 95%-100% organic ingredients that are certified organic by the USDA can display this logo on their label.
100% Certified Organic Ingredients: These are products that contain at least 70% organic ingredients with the remaining ingredients being conventionally grown.
100% Natural Ingredients: This term means very little and does not represent any kind of certification. “Natural” is loosely defined as “minimally processed” containing “no artificial ingredients,” but that only applies to meat and eggs. When it comes to vitamins and supplements, it doesn’t mean much.
2. Myth: If I’m getting a cold, I should take a ton of Vitamin C.
Fact: According to Nutritionist Franci Cohen, Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin meaning the body can only hold so much at a time. Everyone’s body is different, but studies show most people can hold up to 180mg of Vitamin C at once. If you choose to take Vitamin C to help a cold go away sooner, make sure you take it in divided doses throughout the day to ensure maximum absorption.
*Women who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant should consult with their physician before taking large doses of Vitamin C.
3. Myth: Vitamins and supplements are safe to take without talking to a doctor.
Fact: While you don’t need a prescription to take vitamins, it’s ALWAYS a good idea to speak to a doctor/physician before starting any new vitamins or supplements as they can counteract medicine that you’re already taking .
4. Myth: You can’t get too many vitamins.
Fact: Research shows that too much vitamin A can affect your liver, excess vitamin B6 can cause nerve damage, and overdosing on vitamin C can cause diarrhea and cell damage. That’s why it’s best to talk with your doctor before starting any vitamin or supplement regimen.
5. Myth: If I take vitamins I don’t have to worry about diet or exercise.
Fact: They’re only supplements. Vitamins are intended to support a healthy lifestyle that consists of a balanced diet and regular exercise. Aging, stress and other issues can make it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients from your diet. That’s why many doctors recommend a good multivitamin to enhance an already well rounded life.
This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding vitamins, supplements or a medical condition.
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