Myth: Supplements are safe otherwise they would not be on the market.
Fact: There is much controversy on the approval of supplements as there is no OFFICIAL stamp of pre-market approval. The FDA does not limit the concentration or quantity of nutrients in a pill (except folacin).
Myth: Taking vitamins is the best way to ensure health for us and our children.
Fact: As mentioned before, living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to ensure health. Exercise and eating monitored meals is the best way to give your body all the essential elements it needs.
Myth: Herbal supplements cannot be harmful because they are natural.
Fact: Herbal supplement can many times be harmful to your body and can contain deadly substances such as Arsenic and fungus. Do your research and ask a health professional for correct dosage before trying any natural substances as some may be very potent.
Myth: We can eat very little food if we take vitamins.
Fact: Vitamins are meant to be a boost to our bodies and not the main fuel it runs on. Vitamins are not useful if there is no energy generated from food such as carbs and fats. The best way is to eat healthy and add on vitamins as additional support.
Myth: Vitamins are best taken on an empty stomach for maximum absorption.
Fact: Most vitamins and supplements are best taken with meals or snacks. Food will help absorb the vitamins (ie: fat soluble vitamins, such as A,D,E, and K, are best taken when fat is present) and also prevent upset stomachs that certain supplements can cause.
Always be sure to contact a health professional before taking any health product, including vitamins or supplement, as it may be harmful to your health or conflict with previously prescribed treatments.
Source: By Steffany Gundling All information was provided and is directly sourced from: VitaFaq at http://www.vitafaq.com/facts-and-myths/, Reprinted with permission from Senior Living Magazine, www.seniorlivingmag.com