Are you also taking vitamin B12 and D supplements? Know what the doctor said about the benefits and disadvantages

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The world of nutrients is very vast. While nutrients like protein, fat and carbohydrates are needed by the body in large quantities, there are also micronutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iron, which are needed by our body in small quantities, but their deficiency is responsible for many major health problems. If the body is not able to get these nutrients through diet, then it becomes necessary to take supplements to supply them because they play a very important role in keeping the body healthy.

Why are micronutrients important?

Micronutrients play an important role in the smooth functioning of various body parts and fast metabolism. Women are more prone to health problems caused by micronutrient deficiency than men. These include problems like weight problems, insomnia and diabetes. The special thing is that most of these health problems can be avoided. For this, you just have to consume food rich in nutrients or if necessary, supply these nutrients through supplements. According to a recent study conducted by a multinational consumer healthcare company, women suffer from weak immune system, lack of energy, bone and joint problems and weak digestive system due to micronutrient deficiency.

Is it okay to depend on supplements?

When vitamins and minerals are not fulfilled by food items, then an attempt is made to overcome their deficiency with supplements. There are two types of supplements. Some supplements are prepared from fruits, vegetables, herbs and other food items. Whereas, synthetic supplements are prepared in the laboratory. Supplements of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, enzymes, probiotics and anti-oxidants are available in the market. Out of these, supplements of vitamins and minerals are very important because they are very important for keeping various activities of the body such as energy, metabolism, immune system, bones and tissues healthy.

Nutritional supplements are beneficial, but they are not a substitute for a balanced and nutritious diet. Multivitamin and mineral supplements are the most commonly consumed supplements in the world. Their consumption has increased tremendously in the last few years. The general belief behind this is that multivitamins keep you healthy and protect you from serious diseases. According to a study published recently in the International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research, 30 percent of people consume multivitamins and minerals without consulting a doctor. It is true that the body needs 13 vitamins and 15 minerals to stay healthy, but consuming them without consulting a doctor can increase the risk to your life. People who take vitamin B-12 and vitamin D supplements should get their blood tested every 6-8 months.

(Based on conversation with Dr. Mohan Kumar Singh, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Mergo Asia Hospital, Gurugram)

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