Thursday, June 21, 2007
Medical Reports: Taking Vitamins
We've always heard taking vitamins is good for us, but doctors say not everyone needs them. Tonight, seven's Diana Diaz tells us what you need know before taking vitamins.
WSVN -- When you walk down the vitamin isle, you can find everything from A to zinc and for some all the choices can be confusing.
Patty Hutchison, takes vitamins: "I have taken various different types of vitamins from many different companies."
Patty found out she needed vitamins after literally passing out at work.
Hutchinson: "I was laying on the hospital floor face up, looking at a lot of co-workers and I was a bit embarrassed not knowing what had happened."
Doctors did some tests and found out she didn't have enough iron in her system.
Hutchinson: "I became iron deficient, even though I do like foods that contain iron.
She needed a supplement to get her iron levels up, but doctors say most of us don't need vitamins if we're eating a balanced diet.
Dr. Raul Tano, Family Practice Physician at Mercy Hospital: "If you feel that you are not able to have a normal diet, then surely you should supplement."
The people who usually need supplements are those who don't eat meat. Vegetarians should look for supplements with B-12 and iron and if you're vegan, you need those plus vitamin A.
Dr. Raul Tano: "I would recommend that you do get consultation with a licensed dietitian to make sure that you don't deplete."
Pregnant women and athletes can also benefit from an iron boost because iron helps blood deliver oxygen at greater volumes.
Dr. Raul Tano: "People that exercise rigorously not necessarily need to take more vitamins, but certain vitamins like vitamin C, or some of the electrolytes, mostly which they may perspire away in heavy exercise."
But doctors warn to stay within the recommended dose because you can get too much of a good thing.
Dr. Raul Tano: "There can be certain side effects absolutely, mostly gastrointestinal, upset stomach, dizziness."
Patty has already found a multi-vitamin that's working for her and is planning on continuing to take supplements for the rest of her life.
Hutchinson: "I will be taking some type of vitamin especially from a whole food supplementation type that would be like a food source."
Diana Diaz: "Consult with a doctor if you're on prescription drugs because certain vitamins can alter the effects."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Raul Tano
Family Practice Physician
3661 South Miami Avenue, Suite #704
Miami, FL 33133