The dangers of taking supplements too much

Obsession with supplements or supplements without knowing the true meaning and function of the body will only do more harm than good sought for. While supplements either overseas or local products are growing in mushrooms and making many choices for consumers, the question is, are all these supplements safe or harmful?


Head of Dietetics and Dietetic Department of Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (HSB), Alor Setar, Khairul Nizam Mat Nayan recently advised healthy individuals and that there is no health problem should not take health supplements (supplements). He said healthy people should never take the supplement for health care based on their own diagnosis without first consulting a specialist.

He noted that consuming too much of the supplement is not harmful to the short term, but it is feared that it may damage the internal organs in the long run. For example, taking fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, K, will affect the liver. Although these vitamins are needed by the body, they are actually easily and readily available from the natural foods you eat.


If we take too much of this extra vitamin, it will accumulate in the liver which will eventually become toxic to the liver. Meanwhile, the public was also attracted to the status of Facebook by Medical and Nephrologist from Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh, Dr. Rafidah Abdullah: “Jumping in the wards whose kidneys are rapidly deteriorating due to various products. Chronic patients should NEVER touch any product! ”

Commenting on the issue, Internal Medicine, Johor KPJ Specialist Hospital, Datuk Dr. M Singaraveloo said that supplements or supplements are an added element to your daily diet and provide complete nutrition in case of deficiencies in your daily diet.

“Supplements contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs or substances from plants that are substituted in the form of pills, capsules, tablets or in liquid form. Supplements are used as supplements in the diet to complement a balanced diet but cannot be considered a substitute for food, ”he explained.


Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health recommends healthy eating through the ‘Malaysian Dietary Guidelines 2010’ which outlines 14 important messages with one of the messages being emphasized on eating a variety of foods according to the food pyramid. Therefore, a healthy body is good enough to adopt a balanced diet of natural foods such as vegetables and fruits and fish to maintain good health.


Explain the function of the supplement, Dr. M Singaraveloo Supplement says the supplement works to balance an insufficient diet, boost immunity and also improve the body’s fitness. In addition, supplements can also help improve stamina and protect the body’s system from infection.


“Some supplements can cause the risk of bleeding if taken before or after surgery and also affect the body’s response to anesthesia. Most supplements have active ingredients that can affect the body especially if supplements are taken with other medications, ”he said.


Dr. M Singaraveloo provides examples of vitamin K that can reduce the ability of ‘Coumadin’ to respond to blood clots, supplements such as ‘Wort St.’ John ‘can reduce the effectiveness of drugs like antidepressants and contraceptive pills. Antioxidant supplements such as vitamins C and E can reduce the effectiveness of some types of cancer chemotherapy.

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