Dr. Mark Roth of the Cleveland Jewish News has recently featured in-depth articles analyzing nutritional supplements and the cases when they may be beneficial.
In his initial overview on the topic of vitamins, Dr. Roth stressed that generally most healthy people who consume a well-balanced and nutritious diet should absorb most of the vitamins that their bodies require simply from the foods they eat.
He simplified the definition of vitamins, explaining vitamins are substances not produced within a person's body though required for normal metabolic function.
There are water-soluble vitamins like Vitamins B and C that typically do not build in toxic levels within the body and are excreted through urination. On the other hand, fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamins A, D, E and K, Dr. Roth added, are not excreted and can build up to create toxicity and illness when taken in excess. In other words, the body needs less of fat-soluble vitamins to function and typically stores these vitamin types.
But, Dr. Roth added that there are cases where vitamins may be helpful in supplementing a person's diet. These scenarios have included:
Dr. Roth featured a few case studies in his follow up article in which vitamins have helped with particular health issues. These cases have included:
Dr. Roth suggests before a person undergoes a vitamin regimen, they should seek the advice of their physician to determine potential vitamin deficiencies. Dr. Roth said physicians can work with their patients to suggest dietary adjustments and/or vitamin supplements that can help.
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