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Also, remember that some vitamins them are blood thinners, so they are risky for those of us with low platelets or on blood thinners. For those of us on Lovenox or coumadin, you need to be careful about taking too much vitamin E. There is also data that taking too much vitamin E supplement increases your rate of heart attacks and death. This was a very important finding that stopped many people from taking higher doses of vitamin E that used to be popular when they thought it might help prevent Alzheimer's disease. In fact, there were some studies suggesting that Vitamin E supplements were associated with cancer!
Also, our endocrinologist (treating my Dad for osteoporosis) now encourages him to get most of his calcium from food, as some studies are now showing that getting large doses of calcium all at once from a pill are actually another risk factor for heart attacks. And even more concerning, so data has shown that calcium supplements are not associated with a lower risk of hip fracture.... which doesn't make sense if the calcium is supposed to help prevent osteoporosis.
So you see... nothing is so simple. Just because something is natural
doesn't make it safe..... many poisons are 'natural' substances. And just
because something is a vitamin, doesn't mean that it is safe.
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