Nowadays it seems we're bombarded with conflicting messages about supplements. While certain vitamins are important for optimum health, others may be unnecessary (or even harmful). Here’s a guide to what vitamins to take, and which ones to skip.
Warning: Before starting any supplement regimen, make sure you contact your doctor first to make sure supplements are beneficial for your health needs.
Vitamin D: Take
Vitamin D – also known as the “sunshine vitamin” – has gotten a lot of media attention these days for its many health benefits, from cancer prevention to asthma prevention. The problem is some of us are deficient in this vitamin due to lack of sunshine. And it's been shown that Latinos are even more at risk of being deficient than other groups. Here’s the good news: research shows you can benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement just as much as you would from getting out in the sunshine.
Warning: Vitamin D is a fat-soluble supplement – meaning toxic levels can build up in your body. Make sure you stick to the recommended daily dose and don’t go over 2,000 IUs daily.