I’m a Pharmacist and I Never Recommend These Vitamins – Eat This, Not That

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Vitamins are necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle and while most people can get the nutrients they need from a balanced diet, others may need a vitamin supplement. Millions of Americans take one vitamin a day, but not all of them are effective. Many can have harmful side effects or simply don’t work, making them a waste of money. Eat this, not that! Health spoke with Dr Kristina Telhami, Doctor of Pharmacy, holistic health coach, functional medicine specialist, and integrative health practitioner who shares which vitamins to avoid and why. Read on and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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Dr. Telhami says: “I know this is a controversial topic because most doctors and health professionals recommend fish oil supplements for heart health and lowering triglyceride levels. The main concern with fish oil supplements is that they are high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats are actually not heat stable, which means they can go rancid and cause inflammation in the body. Also, too much polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) can slow down our metabolism.”

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Dr. Telhami explains: “Most people take iron supplements because they have been told they are anemic or have low levels of iron in their blood. While it’s important to make sure we have iron levels in range, there are a few issues with taking iron supplements. First, too much iron can increase inflammation, feed pathogens, and even impact estrogen levels. It can cause inflammation when iron reacts with hydrogen peroxide in the body. We also have what’s called the iron recycling system, and adding more iron to this mix doesn’t help improve it. Iron status is complex and it takes more than these values ​​to determine what to do next. Serum iron shows us the effectiveness of iron in the body. Just adding more iron won’t get things going the way you want them to. More iron can even exacerbate conditions like endometriosis, PCOS, fibroids, diabetes, IBS/IBD, insulin resistance, and autoimmune conditioners. Instead of supplementing with iron, eat copper-rich foods like oysters, grass-fed beef, chlorophyll, and vitamin C supplements. Stop taking vitamin D supplements and eat vitamin A-rich foods like beef liver, high-quality dairy products, eggs, meat, and wild-caught fish.”

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Dr. Telhami tells us: “I know vitamin D deficiency is extremely common these days, and most people consider taking a supplement right away. Vitamin D is important for neurotransmission, cell growth, the immune system, inflammation, and gene coding. It is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that we get mainly from the sun and little from our diet. While it is important to have optimal levels of vitamin D, we need to understand that the conversion and use of vitamin D in the body is not limited to sunlight or taking a supplement. We need adequate amounts of vitamin A and magnesium stores in the body, as well as a functioning liver to use it. The reason for a vitamin D deficiency could actually be insufficient levels of magnesium, vitamin A, or a sluggish liver. Plus, low-fat diets, lack of sunlight, and even the aluminum in toxic sunscreens can all be to blame for your vitamin D deficiency.”

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“Zinc is normally taken for immune support, especially during illness,” said Dr. Telhami.” The problem with zinc supplementation is that it depletes copper levels. Zinc and copper are both synergistic and antagonistic, meaning too much zinc can lower copper. The same goes for too much copper. If you think your zinc is too low, you may actually be low in magnesium. If our liver is depleted of magnesium, it uses zinc as a replacement.”

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Dr. Telhami says: “I’ve included multivitamins last because you might understand why they might be harmful given the information previously stated. Most multivitamins contain the supplements listed above, such as iron and vitamin D, which can lead to other mineral imbalances. Most multivitamins also contain vitamin A, but in the form of beta-carotene. Our bodies convert beta-carotene into retinol, which is the active form of vitamin A. When you take beta-carotene, it actually reduces the amount of active vitamin A you might get from the supplement. Finally, most multivitamins contain synthetic and isolated forms of nutrients. It doesn’t work the same way in the body as getting these nutrients from real, whole foods. Instead of taking a multivitamin, focus on getting your nutrients from whole foods and be careful what supplements you take.”

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