Warning: Avoid These 4 Supplements That Have Been Linked to Cancer Risk

The supplement industry is ever-expanding; you can now buy a pill or tablet for almost anything—but most supplements come with a risk. In fact, most supplements can be quite dangerous, contrary to popular belief.

In a recent post on TikTok, health expert Dr. Charles listed four supplements that he recommends people avoid because they are “actually dangerous.” He explained the risks of these commonly consumed supplements below.

Dr. Charles recommends that you get your vitamin A, vitamin E, iron, and biotin from foods instead of supplements. Learn more about the risks of each below.

Consuming too much vitamin A can lead to liver toxicity, according to Dr. Charles. Vitamin A is a vital nutrient for good skin and good vision, but too much of it can build up in the body and lead to liver damage. Instead of taking vitamin A supplements, it’s best to get it directly from the food you eat.

Many people believe that taking vitamin A supplements can help with skin and eye health, but this is not always the case. Overconsumption of vitamin A can cause liver toxicity, which can lead to a variety of health issues, including:

2. Vitamin E has been linked to cancer

Many people take vitamin E supplements because of its antioxidant properties, but did you know that Vitamin E has also been linked to a higher risk of cancer?

According to Dr. Charles, “People love Vitamin E for its antioxidant properties but Vitamin E supplements have also been linked to cancer.”

Antioxidants are widely touted for their ability to fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress. However, some studies have shown that high doses of vitamin E may, in some cases, increase the risk of cancer.

3. Iron can damage your heart  Iron is an essential mineral that is important for transporting oxygen in the blood. However, Dr. Charles cautioned against adding iron without proper guidance. andquot;Unless your doctor advises you to take iron, it can  damage your heart,andquot; he emphasized. Iron overload, called hemochromatosis, can cause serious health problems, including heart problems. That’s why it’s so important to consult  a doctor before adding iron supplements to your routine. Add iron-rich foods to  your diet instead of supplements to safely increase your iron intake.

4. Biotin can interfere with laboratory tests  Many people turn to biotin supplements for healthier hair and nails. However, Dr. Charles cautioned, “It can interfere with your lab tests, and you don’t really need to supplement it for your hair and nails.” Biotin, a B vitamin, is known for its role in promoting more beautiful locks and nails, but consuming too much biotin  can distort laboratory test results and lead to misdiagnosis. In most cases, a balanced diet provides enough biotin, making supplements unnecessary for many.

In conclusion, these supplements can be beneficial, but it’s important to understand the risks associated with them and talk to your doctor before adding them to your routine. It’s also important to remember that more isn’t always better when you’re supplementing.