The Pros and Cons of Multivitamins

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Aug 06, 2014

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Multivitamin is something that fills the gap that a diet leaves, and provides body those nutrients. There is skepticism about the use of multivitamins, including if our body is able to absorb and use them or not.
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    What is a Multivitamin?

    Sometimes, our diet alone cannot supply the body with all the essential vitamins and minerals. Multivitamin is something that fills this gap and provides body with those nutrients. There is skepticism about the use of multivitamins, including if our body is able to absorb and use them or not. If taken in the right amount, multi-vitamins can be a hassle-free way to boost your health. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Provides Essential Vitamins

    For most of us, our diets do not have enough of the 13 essential vitamins the body needs. These vitamins can thus be provided by multivitamins (vitamin A, B, C, D, E, K, B12 and B-complex). (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Benefits for Pregnant Women

    Expecting mothers benefit from taking multivitamins as they not only supply nutrients the woman's body needs but also the ones that the foetus needs. However, they must always check with their doctor to be cautious and to know the best multivitamin to take. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Helps to Deal with Stress

    Stress is an indespensable part of one's life and there's no hiding from it. So to keep stress from affecting you, pop multivitamins. But, make sure that you speak with your doctor before beginning a course of multivitamins. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Offers Multiple Health Benefits

    Multivitamins can help you achieve better, overall health. These are known to increase mental function and decrease risk of heart disease and cancer. Besides, these can reduce the effects caused by smoking, alcoholism or pollution. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Vitamin Overdose

    Ingestion of too much of a given vitamin can put your health in trouble. An overdose of vitamins A, D, E or K is linked to weight loss, splitting headache, menstrual changes and intense back pain. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Gastrointestinal Disruptions

    If taken on an empty stomach, multivitamins can cause gastrointestinal disruptions. These include constipation, diarrhoea and queasiness. Some may also experience slight headache and a foul taste in their mouth. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Sleeping Troubles

    If taken right before bed, multivitamins may cause sleeping difficulties. This is why health experts advise vitamins in the morning with breakfast or in the afternoon with lunch. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Allergic Reactions

    Owing to the presence of several vitamins and minerals, multivitamins carry a risk of allergic reactions. Itchiness and hives are mild allergic reactions that may develop. The other symptoms of allergic reactions are chest pain, swollen face and trouble breathing. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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    Complications for those with Medical Conditions

    People with pre-existing conditions may not respond to the multivitamins as others do and are also up against health risks. Some of the vitamins in certain multivitamins can cause  complications. So, discuss your health status with your doctor before you go forward with any particular course of multivitamins. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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