If you were to spend time walking through a health food or vitamin store, you would be led to believe it was necessary to load up on a pantry full of supplements to feel your best. However, research says there are many supplements that don't work, whether it's because you don't actually need or them or because they don't even get absorbed by your body. Rather than waste your money buying vitamins or powders that are just going to be flushed out, you'll want to just stick to supplements when a doctor has recommended you needed them or opt to get all the nutrients you need directly from your diet.
"Nutrients, like medications, should be used wisely, internist Jacob Teitelbaum, MD tells Bustle. "Although quite safe overall, not all are beneficial, and some present safety issues, although dramatically less than medications."
Sometimes, it is not possible for a person to get most of their nutrients from their diet, which would then be a case where certain supplements are needed and should be based on what is lacking. It's also important to note that synthetic vitamins tend to be far less effective than whole food vitamins. However, in general, these seven common supplements are not worth taking, according to science.