An important effect of multivitamin supplements on the body, according to experts

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How healthy is it to take mineral and vitamin supplements? According to the National Institutes of Health, these multivitamin complexes would only bring benefits to our body - but be careful not to take too many!

According to the National Institutes of Health, multivitamin complexes and combinations of vitamins and minerals are taken regularly by one in three Americans: among the main reasons for this mass intake, the desire to improve their daily intake of vitamins and other nutrients which are not taken with food.

Furthermore, according to the institute, taking high dosages of these multivitamin complexes is an effective way to ward off chronic ailments and other health problems: a study has shown, for example, that taking these products can slow down vision loss. in people who suffer macular degeneration (an age-related pathology, which develops after the age of 50 and which leads to a progressive deterioration of the central part of the retina, called the 'macula'). Other studies have shown how these drugs can reduce the onset of cancer.

However, the researchers are keen to point out that such studies are not definitive - largely due to the fact that multivitamins vary in their composition and availability. Furthermore, from the studies carried out on the population, it also appears that people with a healthier lifestyle and a more balanced diet are also those most likely to take vitamin supplements, and this makes it unclear whether the positive effects found are to be attributed. taking medications or healthy habits.

One might wonder if there are any contraindications associated with taking these drugs. The NIH is keen to emphasize that the health risks associated with multivitamins are very low, but in any case advises against their use if not necessary: ​​in fact, they could lead to excessive levels of vitamins and mineral salts in the blood with negative consequences. for health - in smokers, for example, high levels of vitamin A and beta-carotene would increase the risk of lung cancer, while in pregnant women an excess of vitamin A could lead to malformations in the fetus.



In short, before taking a multivitamin supplement, it is always advisable to consult your doctor - also because there are some medicines that can react in combination with supplements and lead to unpleasant health consequences. There are also factors such as age, sex and previous pathologies that certainly play a role in choosing the multivitamin complex that best suits our needs.

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