Never Take This After Age 50, Warn Experts


Integrative medicine doctor Dr. Jeff Gladd advises Eat This, Not That! Health, Postmenopausal and older women don't require iron in multivitamins.

Licorice Root Supplement

Dr. Gladd believes the risk of hypertension grows with age. Hypertensive adults should avoid licorice root.

Exercise Caution Using B-Complex Vitamins

Dr. David Culpepper of LifeMD recommends avoiding B-complex supplements beyond 50. Niacin and folate might pile up and strain your liver as it drains them.

Over-50s shouldn't use pseudoephedrine. This OTC medication constricts arteries. Over-50s at risk for heart disease may develop high blood pressure.


Avoid herbal stimulants beyond 50. Widespread vasoconstriction and hypertension. Ginseng, Siberian ginseng, guarana, and gotu kola are popular.

Herbal Stimulants

Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate, vitamin B9. Folic acid is added to meals together with other vitamins.

Don't Take Too Much Folic Acid

Seniors should read supplement labels. Older people may need protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals supplements.

Nutritional shake labels matter

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