Don’t Take These Supplements if You’re Over 50!

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Irresponsible and uninformed choice of supplement can lead to various issues and possibly to hospitalization. According to estimations published in New England Journal of Medicine, 23000 emergency department visits per year are related to the use of supplements.

Supplements Containing Soy Isoflavones

A soy-based supplement is used as an alternative to menopausal hormone therapy (MHT). In early 2000’ MHT was associated with increased risk of CVD and breast cancer and since then the sales of soy-based supplements are rising. Thanks to their structural similarity to oestrogen, isoflavones can bind to oestrogen receptors. This can result in both anti and pro-tumour stimulation and the effect of isoflavones was therefore carefully studied.

In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 76 172 women were followed for 11 years. This study reported that risk of less prevalent but more dangerous ER- breast cancer is increased during consumption of soy supplements. Especially survivors and women with a family history of breast cancer should avoid soy-based supplements.

Furthermore, in a meta-analysis published Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews phytoestrogens were not found to be an effective treatment of menopausal symptoms.


Journal Drug and Alcohol reported that long-term consumption of Kava is associated with an increased score of liver tests. This Gamma Glutamyl Transpeptidase test can imply possible problems with bile production. The overall liver toxicity evidence remains to be fully established but case studies are numerous. As liver progressively loses its ability to regenerate with increased age, people over 50 should avoid this herbal supplement or limit it to only occasional use.

One of the safest and for our body very natural supplement is magnesium. Magnesium was found to increase levels of GABA and help us relax and sleep better.


A study published in American Society of Nephrology was assessing the risk of kidney stone formation in 6050 patients, Similarly, as in the association of CVD and calcium, the diet rich in calcium was reported to protect against the formation of kidney stones. However, this study showed that people taking calcium exhibit a higher rate of kidney stone formation.

Calcium supplements may increase the risk of kidney stone recurrence

Antioxidants – Beta Carotene, Vitamin A & E

The meta-analysis included results of 68 randomized trials. It was published by The Journal of the American Medical Association and involves results of 232 606 participants who were administered either beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E and selenium. The results of this paper are rather surprising. Beta carotene, vitamin A and vitamin E were all reported to increase mortality.


In a study published in Cancer Research, 674 breast cancers were analysed. Out of 61 genes of iron metabolism genes, 49% were associated with genes of breast cancer progression. Iron is stimulating proliferation, growth, essential features of growing tumour. On top of that, its pro-oxidant activity can induce DNA damage and mutations – another hallmark of cancer.

Selenium (+Vitamin E)

Prostate cancer has a prevalence of 11% in men and only very rarely occurs in men under 40 years. In a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute researchers assessed the effect of selenium in 1739 men:


  1. VD only activates calcium. K2 is the babysitter that directs calcium into the bones (lattice) and teeth, and out of the arteries and joints.

  2. This dudes biceps have their own gravitational pull which affects the orbit of the planets in our solar system.

  3. It seems suspicious that the product you have miraculously discovered that works for this ailment, is already researched and packaged sitting here for the low price set out here. Which came first the product or the cure it professes? Although this is likely different for you, but since I do not know you, I cannot help but feel very gullible towards these types of ads. If you would separate the two, (and I know that this won’t work for the advertiser) then it would be easier to believe in what you say here. Do you understand the dilemma? This is not personal in any way.

  4. You must eat right if you want to build muscle. That's why I got myself the personalized Agoge diet and have amazing results.

  5. I'm 60, been drinking kava for over 30 years. In my younger days i would drink it 5 days A week, now i mix 1 day a week. Question is I take Lisinopril and wondering if i should take a vit D supplement since i don't go outside as much as i used too?

  6. I was 40 and had some fibroid lumps in my breast and my visit with a breast surgeon, he said go home and drink soy milk. I was really upset when I left (thought the guy was on Crack), but I did drink a few glasses of soy milk afterwards. Within 2 weeks the lumps were completely gone. I'm now 59 and still avoid soy and recently started Keto.. Lumps never returned, but I found it to be very interesting! That was 20yrs ago too!

  7. Great video. Much of the science I already knew; so it was largely good confirmation ! Back to Whole Foods again–which are best

  8. Vitamin D3 only tells the body to absorb calcium, vitamin K2 tells your body where the calcium should actually go in the body. I take the Jarrow Vitamin K Complex because it has MK-4, MK-7, and vitamin K1.

  9. Vitamin E, Selenium, and lycopene seem to work together instead of antagonistically against your body. DYR, but I'm thinking it's like taking vitamin D with K2. That its, you really need synergy from the combination to make it work or you have problems.

  10. The recommendation of Magnesium is GREAT 👍!!!!…..BUT, most of the Magnesium people are taking is in the form of "MAGNESIUM OXIDE". Our bodies generally only absorb 4% of Magnesium Oxide! Magnesium Oxide is NOT a readily bio-available supplement.
    Whatever Magnesium supplement product you use, make SURE #1: it's NOT Magnesium Oxide, & #2: make sure the form it's in (whether tablet or capsule) is readily bio-available and can be easily dissolved by the body.
    Because if you try to "up" the dosages of Magnesium Oxide, you're gonna find that you're just making more trips to the potti, and you're not doing your body any good.

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