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15 Supplements Nutritionists Don’t Take—So You Shouldn’t Either


Nickel, chromium, zinc, copper

These heavy metals, often found in multivitamins, play important roles in different bodily functions. However, you need them in only trace amountswhich you likely obtain from food. “They do not leave your body easily, so a little goes a long way,” says Dr. Levitan. “Taking daily extra doses could potentially cause harm, as these metals can deposit in different parts of your body, such as your brain and bones. There has also been a question of the association of heavy metals with dementia.” Unless you have a proven, profound deficiency (often because of a chronic gastrointestinal illness), you should not take these on a daily basis. (Here are the signs you’re not getting enough zinc in your diet.)

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