Multivitamin Myths

Apr 10, 2017

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Multivitamins are important to make sure people obtain the necessary minerals their bodies need. Ideally, everyone would be able to obtain the proper minerals and nutrients from their food. However, everyone's diet is different and not everyone is able to obtain everything their bodies need to function from their diet. When taken correctly, a multivitamin will ensure a person's diet is properly supplemented. Here at Peconic Bay Medical Center, many myths are often overheard by medical staff from poorly informed patients, especially in regards to multivitamins. Here are 5 myths about multivitamins often discussed at PBMC.

5 Common Multivitamin Myths

  • If your urine changes color, the multivitamin is harmful. It's not uncommon for a person's urine to turn an orange and yellowish color when first taking a multivitamin due to the riboflavin in the multivitamin.
  • Expiration dates on multivitamin bottles are useless because vitamins never expire. Multivitamins won't be harmful if taken from an expired bottle but they do lose their effectiveness with time and simply will not be very potent.
  • Multivitamins aimed at certain age groups are a scam, you can take any of them. Multivitamins marketed towards certain age groups, such as seniors and children, are not a scam. Certain age and gender groups need specific dosages of certain minerals. For example, women who are considering getting pregnant need larger doses of folic acid than a man, folic acid helps prevent childbirth defects.
  • Skip a multivitamin and buy an 'all natural' supplement instead. Patients sometimes believe that if a label says that it is 'all natural' that it must be safer and healthier. The 'all natural' market is completely unregulated and many of these items come from countries were ingredients do not have to be correctly labeled.
  • If you miss a day, double your multivitamin dosage the next day. Never increase the recommended dosage on the label of a multivitamin, it is there for a reason. Putting too much of one type of mineral in the human body can create a deficiency in another nutrient. When in doubt, speak with a PBMC affiliated family physician about the issue.

No doubt that multivitamins are an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle, especially during the aging process. For many years in the United States, people suffered from micronutrients deficiency, this lead to various conditions such as scurvy. Thanks to education in proper nutrition and multivitamins, this is no longer the case. If you have any questions about taking multivitamins, call Peconic Bay Medical Center today.