We all know that vitamins are important for our he alth. We try to get them through the consumption of fruits and vegetables and often take them in the form of food supplements. Do we know enough about them and what are the most common myths?
Myth: Vitamins make you hungry
Vitamins can provide us with more energy, help us to be more active, as a result we burn more calories and feel hungry. According to research, many multivitamins also contain chromium, which helps reduce hunger, especially for sweets.
Myth: Vitamins are taken on an empty stomach
Many vitamins are water-soluble, which means the body can absorb them at almost any time of the day, whether your stomach is full or not. But there are fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A, D, E, and K, which can only be absorbed with fat.
Therefore, if you take nutritional supplements that contain some of the listed vitamins, always take them with food.
Myth: If you take vitamins you don't have to worry about your he alth
Vitamins are called nutritional supplements for a reason, because they complement a he althy lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet and sports. If you eat unhe althy food and lead a stagnant lifestyle, vitamins will not make you he althier.
Myth: Vitamins are safe
Anything taken in large quantities can at some point become a he alth threat. In some extreme cases where there is an excess of vitamins, toxicity can occur, especially in children.
Water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C, are safer in this regard. But be careful with vitamins such as A, D, E and K, which are harder to remove from the body and accumulate.
Myth: It is safe to take one type of mineral or vitamin in large doses
Vitamins and minerals interact with each other in a complex network. Taking high doses of one nutrient can sometimes destroy or increase levels of another. Vitamin C increases iron and calcium absorption while preventing magnesium absorption when taken together.
Excessive iron levels can be a serious problem, especially in men. Copper and zinc need to be kept in proper proportion, and an excess of one can lead to a deficiency of the other.