What are the most im­por­tant con­traindi­ca­tions I should know about?

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Some vi­ta­mins and herbs can com­pete with each other for ab­sorp­tion and in­ter­fere with cer­tain med­i­ca­tions, says Torkos. To avoid do­ing more harm than good, it’s cru­cial to talk to your health care provider about ev­ery­thing you’re tak­ing. Keep these im­por­tant con­traindi­ca­tions in mind: If you’re tak­ing a blood thin­ner, avoid sup­ple­ments that have an ad­di­tional blood-thin­ning ef­fect, such as vi­ta­min E, high doses of omega-3 fatty acids, and Ginkgo biloba. It’s also smart to avoid vi­ta­min K, which can af­fect how cer­tain med­i­ca­tions work. If you’re plan­ning on spend­ing long pe­ri­ods of time in the sun, avoid St. John’s wort, niacin, and vi­ta­min B3, which all in­crease pho­to­sen­si­tiv­ity and may cause sun-re­lated skin re­ac­tions, such as rashes, says Torkos. If you suf­fer from small in­testi­nal bac­te­rial over­growth, avoid probiotics and pre­bi­otics. They may over­crowd your gut with bac­te­ria and make your gas prob­lems worse, says Ger­ard Guil­lory, MD, an in­te­gra­tive physi­cian who spe­cial­izes in ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome and leaky gut.

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