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Wellness

by on Sep 24, 2012

The Vitamins You Shouldn’t Be Taking

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You know natural girls – we go hard in our quest for longer, stronger, healthier hair. We all know that healthy hair cannot be achieved by simply putting the right things ON your hair, it’s also about what goes into your body. It’s no wonder so many women turn to vitamins to help supplement their diets and hopefully boost hair growth.

Lately I’ve noticed more and more of my friends talking about the perks of taking prenatal vitamins for hair, even when they’re not pregnant. People swear these pills make hair thicker, shinier, and stronger, but is it really safe if you’re not prego?

Nope, says Cosmo women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, MD: “Most experts would not recommend prenatal vitamins for women who are not trying to conceive or who are not pregnant.”

Here’s the gist: A fetus takes a lot of vital nutrients from your body when you’re pregnant, which is why you need certain vitamins during those nine months to keep you and the baby healthy. These vitamins are specially designed to target the needs of mommies-to-be, so if you’re not pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you could be missing out on nutrients you need or taking too much of ones you don’t need that could make you sick.

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

  • Prenatal vitamins have much more iron than normal women need, too much of it can lead to constipation, vomiting, and nausea
  • Some don’t have enough calcium for the average woman so relying just on prenatal vitamins could be detrimental to your health.
  • Prenatal vitamins are also high in folic acid but having too much folic acid can mask the symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency, which can lead to rapid heart rate, easy bruising, tingling feelings in your toes, and memory loss.
  • Many of my friends even admitted that as soon as they stopped taking the vitamins, they experienced heavy shedding.
  • Besides the side effects mentioned above, you might also lose your man, cause he will definitely run for the hills when he sees your vitamin bottle!

And, according to Dr. Wider, the claims about better hair, nails and skin haven’t been proven (although eating eggs and calcium-packed foods like cottage cheese can help). Bottom line: Taking Prenatal vitamins for hair alone isn’t worth the risk. You should opt for a multivitamin that meets your needs.

 

source: Cosmopolitan

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