Nearly 50% of American men take some kind of supplement regularly, whether that is vitamin based, a herbal product, or something designed to boost achievement during exercise but how much risk does this pose to their health?
Bearing in mind that most supplements are legally produced without any independent standardized testing to prove they are actually safe – this is allowed as the products don’t claim to be medicinal – there’s a risk not only based on possible unknown ingredients, but more realistically on these supplements being unsuitable for all men equally based on general or personal physiology. If you’d like to find out more about the best supplements for men, then please check out the following link.
If men wish to take supplement there are some crucial things they need to know about their health before going ahead, and here we look at some of the most important.
Smokers should avoid certain supplements
Supplements containing either vitamin-A or beta-carotene are dangerous for a smoker’s health. Although necessary to keep our eyes, skin and immune system working well the body cannot filter out any excess so overloading becomes a toxin. This is thought to be especially problematic for those who smoke, although all are at risk if the level of vitamin A builds up in their body.
A supplement which is ruled out for men with prostate problems
Men with a personal or family history of prostate problems must not take a supplement called selenium as it is suspected it could increase their chance of developing prostate cancer.
A warning for men with kidney problems
Men with any kind of kidney problem such as kidney disease or failure, whether current or historic, should not take any vitamin supplements. This advice applies especially to fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) which build up their levels in the body, rather than excreting excess.
Supplements aimed at bodybuilders (for muscle gains) or advertised as boosting weight loss should also be ignored to avoid health complications. Potassium supplements must be avoided at all costs because kidneys which are not fully functional cannot eliminate minerals like this properly. Taking a supplement could easily push the kidneys to breaking point.
Supplements which male diabetics should not take
Men with diabetes should be wary of taking too much straight vitamin B or folic acid, although both are okay if taken as part of a general multi-vitamin.
General health issues men taking supplements should be aware of
Dedicated vitamin A, C & E supplements can be harmful to the liver and general health, so are best taken either as a multi-vitamin or sourced from food. Meanwhile Vitamin K can have a harmful effect for those taking certain medications such as blood thinners.
Supplements for erectile dysfunction which are best avoided
Some men turn to supplements like Yohimbe bark extract, which is risky for anyone with blood pressure problems or those using anti-depressants.
The takeaway message has to be that when it comes to supplements it is important to either do some solid research, or speak to a medical professional before taking anything, as that’s the only way to be sure you won’t aggravate or interfere with an existing health concern, or cause a new one as a result of making the wrong choices.