The trend of self-medication among women — especially since they are told that they need some supplements once they have turned 30 like vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium, and proteins — is becoming increasingly popular as they seek quick fixes for their health concerns. However, this trend can lead to harmful consequences if not approached with caution. It is crucial to understand that not all supplements are suitable for everyone. Supplements should only be taken if there is a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals and a healthy diet should provide most of the nutrients the body needs.
Some women even believe that taking supplements will make up for their unhealthy food choices and help them lose weight. However, this is not true. Supplements cannot replace the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise. Moreover, taking supplements without proper guidance can lead to serious health problems. Here are a few commonly used supplements that women need to know about:
Vitamins: Excessive consumption of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B12 or D3, can lead to intoxication, toxicity and harm your health. Usually, most women can up their vitamin D levels by spending brief periods of about 10 to 15 minutes in the early morning sun. When healthy pre- and post-menopausal women take vitamin D (up to 400 international units, or IU), it does not necessarily prevent them from breaking bones, according to a US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation in 2018. In healthy people, vitamin D blood levels higher than 100 nanograms per millilitre can trigger extra calcium absorption — and lead to muscle pain, mood disorders, abdominal pain and kidney stones. It may also raise the risk of heart attack and stroke, according to findings of the Cleveland Clinic. Popping Vitamin D supplements on your own if you are on medication related to other health conditions could be hazardous as they can interact with each other and cause complications.