The Risk Associated With Taking Dietary Supplements

Are you one of those taking vitamins and mineral supplements on a regular basis? If yes, think again. This is because nearly all supplements come with a level of risk.

Problems identified In Supplement Industry

The growth in the supplements industry has identified adulterated and misbranded products. Some supplements contain products that are deemed illegal, and there are of course misleading claims about what it can or cannot do.

This is not surprising, because the supplement industry is worth over $40 billion with over 50,000 unique products ranging from protein powder, probiotics, antioxidants, multivitamins and herbal products. Indeed, whatever ailments there is, there are supplements for them. The growth is due to the fact that supplements are classified as foods, and are regulated with less severity than pharmaceuticals. The big pharma sees this as a loophole, and now are more producers of supplements than before.

Small lifestyle changes that lead to success is not always visible.

The Good

It is true that some diseases related-symptoms can be cured by certain supplements, a typical example is macular degeneration and skin cancer. Older people and some pregnant women can benefit from the use of appropriate supplements. Some people with certain deficiencies can make it up by taking supplements. And taking supplements, do fill in the gap for bad eating habits of some people.

The Bad

Most supplements are not tested for efficacy and safety, says Joanne Manson, Chief of Preventive Medicine at Brigham Women Hospital in Boston. There is also heavy metal contamination associated with a bad manufacturing practice. Some supplements do contain unapproved pharmaceutical products. Taking too many supplements, which many do can result in toxicity due to accumulation. High doses of vitamin A can cause bone pain or inflammation, headaches and skin problems in adults. While in pregnancy, large doses of vitamin A can cause birth defects.

Case Study – Disease Fighting Potential Of Vitamins & Antioxidants

Professor Omenn carried out government-funded research, called CARET, into the efficacy of supplements (Vitamin A & Beta Carotene) in diseases prevention and cure in 1996. He with his colleagues used about 18,000 men and women. Unfortunately, the result produced the opposite effect, in that those with these two added, had cancer risk, and the result had to be terminated early.

This only shows that the human body is NOT able to process too many supplements, and can cause toxicity in the body, that can be at the risk of cancer.

Vitamin E & Selenium

In a later study of vitamin E & Selenium, on the body, it also indicated the inability of the body to process large doses of nutrients, and can actually damage the cells of the body. It concluded that it is best to have most, if not all your nutrients from food, and taking supplements is definitely not the same.


A widespread practice of swallowing the concentrated amount of vitamin, antioxidants and other nutrients can be actually dangerous. Vitamins should not be taken together as the build-up can cause toxicity. Agreed that most water-soluble ones go out in your wee, but the fat solubles can actually cause liver damage. Taking supplements is not the same as eating healthily, which is the best way to manage one’s health.

10 thoughts on “The Risk Associated With Taking Dietary Supplements

    1. Lanu Pitan Post author

      Yes, obviously Anna, there is a huge discipline in ‘MODERATION’ at all times. You are definitely right here. Thank you for your comment.

  1. Chris. Ama.

    Thanks for the information and wish you God’s guidances in all the research programme s.

    1. Lanu Pitan Post author

      Thank you, Nicky, yes definitely, we should as individual take time to educate ourselves. Luckily we are in the information age, and going through what concern our health is time well spent.

  2. Comfort Adebiyi

    I actually support Anna, even natural food required moderacy.

    May God guides our steps. Amen

    1. Lanu Pitan Post author

      Thank you, Comfort. You are definitely, there should be moderation in all things. I do appreciate taking the time to read and comment on the blog.

  3. Omotope

    Moderation is key and I believe vitamins from natural sources is easier on our body. Thanks for sharing

    1. Lanu Pitan Post author

      Many thanks, Omotope, you are right, the more natural a supplement is, the more digestible it is on the body. Many thanks for your comment.


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