Debunking the myths about supplements

Two hours ago, I marched into my local Target, determined to leave with a bottle of Vitamin D supplements. I had mentioned on Facebook this morning that I have contracted yet another cold (my third since November!), and a friend commented that I just HAD to start taking more Vitamin D.

Almost immediately, I was prepared to embrace that non-professional, although well-intentioned advice. Have you ever done that? Read in a magazine or heard from a friend that your health depends on having enough [insert supplement name here]? I think it happens frequently. And, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, cancer survivors are more likely to try alternative therapies, including supplements, than the general population.

vitamin D pill bottle

Immunity boost or myth??

Not that I think one extra vitamin is going to be harmful, but if we aren’t paying attention to our health or visiting a doctor regularly, there can be risks to loading up on supplements. In the second part of our 2-part series on complementary medicine, has attempted to debunk some of the myths and bring forward some of the realities, for all of us inclined to pop a “natural” pill or several. Go read it and let us know what you think.

As for me, I’m going to sniffle my way through the rest of this week, get better about taking my daily multivitamin, and probably ask my doctor or pharmacist about Vitamin D before I open that bottle.

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