Like any edible substance on earth, ingredients commonly contained in nutritional supplements do have side effects and thus bear health risks. Generally, the severity or seriousness of a risk depends on the dosage, and/or the length of time, a substance or nutrient has been consumed at.
Overall, the risk of harm, or the potential for negative side effects of dietary supplements, is low, even at very high doses and over a long time span.
The reason why these natural health products are extremely safe is that supplement ingredients are, per the official nutritional supplement definition, substances commonly found in food. Basically, supplements are a concentrated form of food.
According to annual data collected by the U.S. Poison Control Centers, infants and very young children (up to about 6 years), unfortunately, experienced the overwhelming majority of side effects of nutritional supplements.
Almost all cases, however, involve the unintentional intake of excessive amounts of some vitamin or supplement ingredient.
Fortunately, extremely few of the side effects of nutritional Vitapost Digestive enzyme supplements, due to accidental overexposure, are very serious.
This set of data proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that nutritional supplements are extraordinarily safe, and that the health risks of dietary supplements are low.
Regarding intentional vitamin consumption by adults, the most dangerous health supplements are weight loss, body-building, and sexual enhancement products.
Due to the large demand for these types of products, combined with weak policies regulating vitamins, unscrupulous supplement promoters have flooded the market with cheap, low-quality supplements. Those products tend to be preferentially tainted with contaminants, have other manufacturing inadequacies, and are frequently taken improperly because of the strong attraction of the desired purposes they’re marketed for.
The incidence of adulterated food supplements isn’t insignificant. Product impurities affect the whole spectrum of vitamins and health supplements, including multivitamin supplements. The culprit is a lax legislative framework of dietary supplement regulation.
In other words, besides improper use, the real problem with dietary supplement safety are not the supplements ingredients, it’s the supplement contaminants. Such as pesticides, bacteria (including GMO bacteria), fungi, steroids, heavy metals, and prescription drugs.
Onto the second criteria in the evaluation of the dangers of supplements…