I often recommend nutritional supplements and/or botanical medicines too. It is important, however, to avoid taking too many supplements and drugs together. They may counteract each other, cause side effects or simply strain the body's capacity to efficiently metabolize the surplus of products consumed.
One of my favorite things to do is go through patient supplement lists and minimize them to only what is necessary and helpful. This is often the one of the best ways to feel better sooner as it simplifies your routine and helps your body focus on what is most important while reducing the risk of adverse side effects from
Are you taking too many supplements? Are you getting enough (or too much) nutrients from fortified foods? Are you experiencing side effects? Make sure to check in with your doctor to be sure.
Learn more from this excerpt form WEBMD:
Three Nutrients to Watch
Dwyer says vitamin D, calcium, and folic acid are three nutrients you may get too much of through a combination of food and supplements.
Adults who regularly far exceed the 4,000 international units (IUs) daily safe upper limit for vitamin D might be setting themselves up for kidney stones down the road -- a health problem that may also occur with excessive intake of calcium, whose upper limit range is 2,000-2,500 milligrams daily.
Folic acid is added to enriched grain products -- white flours, pasta, rice, breads, and cereals -- to help prevent birth defects in babies due to folic acid deficiency in pregnant women..
While folic acid fortification has successfully cut the number of birth defects by 25% to 50%, it might have created other health concerns in people getting too much. (There's no need to worry about foods naturally rich in folate.)
It's not that hard to get more than 1,000 micrograms of folic acid a day (the safe upper limit for adults) from fortified foods and supplements on a regular basis. Doing so might hide the signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency in older adults. Vitamin B12 deficiency can sometimes lead to permanent nerve damage if left untreated.
What's more, some recent studies have hinted that high levels of folic acid may be linked with a greater risk for lung and prostate cancers. These studies do not prove cause and effect, however.
Here's to your health!