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7 Supplement Risks Every Woman Should Know About

Supplement keeps us healthy and youthful, which makes us want more of it. Some supplements can be beneficial but taking them can also involve health risks.

Women's Health By Himanshu Sharma / Mar 25, 2015

Risks of Supplements

More and more women are using supplements these days because of a lack of an output for natural nutrition consumption. Supplements help us to look youthful and healthy, making us want to have more of it. Unfortunately, the risks of taking supplements varies from one woman to another. So, here are the most common side-effects of taking supplements.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D aids calcium absorption in the body. The supplement wards off bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis. One of the risks of getting too much vitamin D is that it could lead to kidney stones (report by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force)


Women turn to multivitamins thinking they are not getting the sufficient vitamins and minerals from their diet. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that, on an average, women who took supplements had an increased risk of dying compared with women who didn’t take supplements. Also, multivitamins found to be ineffective against common cancers, cardiovascular disease, or death.


Calcium supplements promise strong bones and a healthy heart. However, too much of it could jeopardise your heart health. A research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that extra calcium can settle in the arteries instead of the bones and put you at risk of heart conditions.

Vitamin E

A study published in the International Journal of Cancer suggests that women who used vitamin E supplements had a higher risk of lung cancer compared with women who did not use supplements. This relationship was only significant in women with high exposure to secondhand smoke.


A research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida suggests that supplement users do seem to be healthier after a course. It was found that supplements may increase the risk of several diseases, including liver and heart disease.

Fish Oil Supplements

Fish oil supplements, being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, are touted to keep away heart diseases. However, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine questions heart benefits of the supplements and suggests the high-risk group fare no better in terms of cardiovascular death rates than participants who received a placebo.

What should be done?

Supplements may not be a safe choice, and more is not better. Many women consider taking supplements because they are feeling tired or believe that nutritional deficiency has a role in treating nutritional deficiencies. If you suspect nutritional deficiency, see a doctor and seek his approval for supplements.



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