Should we be taking supplements?

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Supplements are everywhere.

I wrote this article for Vogue exploring some commonly used supplements.

While writing the article I decided to start on a course of Biotin (after checking with the doc) just to check the claims.

It didn’t make my nails strong but my hair fall definitely seemed less after about two weeks.

However I had also started a Kerastase repair regimen for my damaged hair around the same time (I have talked about this in an earlier blog) so I can’t offer this as scientific evidence just journalistic commitment. ☺

Recently Unilver’s Dove Spa introduced ‘Strength Within,’ an over the counter bottle of pills with a mix of soy isoflavons, Omega 3, and Vitamin C for our daily intake crossing the line between beauty counter and pharmacy counter.

Brands like Imedeen, Dr.Perricone and Murad have had a line of ingestibles long before.

(It’s a tempting crossover for beauty brands but many of them may not have the license to offer pharma strength solutions.)

In my opinion there is a lot of careless pill popping going on especially when it comes to beauty and women’s health.

Medical opinions seem to change rapidly too.

We know HRT once prescribed as a wonder cocktail for women can cause breast cancer. We know that statins can cause diabetes.

We know that opinion is divided about the diagnostic efficacy of regular breast cancer examinations as mammography has radiation side effects.

We now know that there is no conclusive evidence between popping m
multivitamin pills and disease prevention.

What we do know is that indiscriminate ingestion of Vitamin A can prove to be harmful.

Coq 10 a co enzyme with anti oxidant properties is good for skin and heart but it may lower blood sugar so should always be prescribed by a doctor.

Vitamin D, which seems to be the thing docs insist we are all deficient in can cause a toxic build up in the body, as it is not flushed out by the system.

Fish oil pills can cause a fishy body odor.

I don’t want to be a doomsday seer. Many experts believe that the body simply does not get enough of its daily needs unless you have a truly disciplined lifestyle.

In his book ‘Beauty Unleashed’, Mumbai based Dinyar Workingboxwalla recommends taking a daily mix of vitamins, antioxidants, flavonoids, minerals and probiotics as supplements to keep skin and hair looking beautiful.

His logic sounds plausible but it could mean taking about six to ten tablets a day! (I have reviewed his book in an earlier blog)


4 Comments Add yours

  1. indianshringar says:

    Some years ago, I had attended the launch event of Ponds Age Miracle. The Dermat at that event listed out all the supplements that women should take to have great skin n hair; calcium, vit E, ALA, GLA, vit C and evening primrose oil. I think i’m forgetting a couple. I did start taking all these (anyway have a calcium deficiency) and my skin and hair really did improve. However, I stopped after a couple of months coz excessive vit E can be toxic. Rather than indiscriminately popping supplements, I believe we should eat healthy and tale pills only if we have a deficiency.

    1. Geeta Rao says:

      that’s a lot to be ingesting! btw one teaspoon of sesame seeds is supposed to provide your daily intake of calcium so try it 🙂

      1. coralcrue says:

        i like the tsp of sesame seeds, will surely try it out. I love tahini but i OD on it sometimes…:)

  2. coralcrue says:

    There are a lot of companies producing all kinds of vitamins these days. But even some extremely popular and best selling pills give absolutely no results. the research is out there in publications which are buried up on the internet and not much talked about. Can’t name some of these but it’s much better to be aware than mindlessly pop them. not saying that all of it is bogus, but most are.

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