A lot of people take anti-aging supplements, which is great because they hold a lot of value. But when you’re relying solely on anti-aging supplements for aging well, you might be counteracting their ability to do what they’re supposed to. For instance, many women who are approaching or going through menopause turn to anti-aging supplements to complement the physiological changes happening in their body. But many of these women are also often taking other anti-aging supplements for other unrelated conditions or deficiencies.
The problem is that taking too many anti-aging supplements at once can be dangerous if you aren’t aware of exactly how they’re affecting your body. The question here is: should you be taking anti-aging supplements for menopause while also taking other anti-aging supplements to fight other signs of aging?
It’s critical that you always check with your health care professional before putting yourself on any new anti-aging supplements, regardless of what you’re taking them for. Here’s why:
Formulation of Anti-Aging Supplements
Many anti-aging supplements contain similar ingredients, and too much of a good thing can actually lead to dangerous side effects. A lot of them also contain various ingredients, so you might overdoing it without even realizing it. Click here to read about the risks of overdosing on some of the most common anti-aging supplements in the market today.
Quality of Anti-Aging Supplements
Furthermore, there have been some studies showing that many anti-aging supplements have compositions that are different from what they are advertising to consumers. For example, a capsule may say that it includes 75% of the recommended dose of vitamin A, which it might, but it might not tell you that it contains low levels of another harmful ingredient. Oftentimes, anti-aging supplements, and even food and cosmetic products for that matter, contain trace amounts of harmful ingredients, but because they’re in such small quantities, they’re allowed to be used under the guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and manufacturers are not even required to disclose that they’re in there. And just because the use of a harmful toxin in a small dose is technically legal for anti-aging supplements, it doesn’t make it any safer.
Whether you are taking anti-aging supplements or multivitamins, or adding anything else to your current anti-aging diet, you need to proceed with caution, especially if your body is going through natural physiological changes, like menopause or pregnancy. More importantly, you need to check with your health care provider before ingesting anti-aging supplements, because they can help you decipher what’s actually in them.
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