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Not all that healthy

Taking health supplements without a doctor’s prescription can be bad news for your health.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 03, 2010 16:39 IST
Aroma Sah

HealthA busy lifestyle and inconsistent eating habits often leave the body devoid of essential nutrients. Many people today turn to health supplements to fulfil the body’s nutritional requirements. However, experts warn that indiscriminate use of health supplements can cause complications.

"Most of the health supplements readily available in the market have preservatives in them, which kill the purity of the product. Consuming these would not be as productive as taking fruits such as oranges," advises nutritionist Ekta Tandon of Daily Diet Clinic. She adds, “In the long run, these unnatural supplements can cause certain side effects."

While eating foods like aloe vera, neem, amla, flaxseed and methi dana in their natural form is the best way to take in nutrients, even these must be taken in moderation. “These too must be consumed like medicines, as excess of anything can be bad,” says Amardeep Kaur, dietician, Diets and Health Clinic. "It’s only people with deficiencies who need supplements," she adds, and warns people not to buy supplements from chemists who don’t ask for a doctor’s prescription.

Natural health boosters
1. Aloe Vera: Strengthens the immune system, gives healthy skin, regulates digestion, good for the gums and is an anti-inflammatory.
2. Milk: Good bone health, aids immune system, prevents hypertension, dental decay, and obesity.
3. Flax seed: It has potential cancer fighting properties, lowers blood cholesterol levels and increases energy.