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Can you take too many vitamins?
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Tue, 3/12/2013 1:26 PM

photo: vitaminsMarch is National Nutrition Month, and Methodist Registered Dieticians are answering your questions.

Q: Can you take too many vitamins?

A: Yes, there are a number of vitamins and, for that matter, minerals that can lead to toxicity if taken in large doses. Vitamins A, D, E and K (the fat soluable vitamins) and many minerals such as iron can lead to serious side effects if taken in amounts exceeding the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA).

The best way to meet your nutrient requirements is to eat a diet including five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. If you still feel a supplement is necessary, consult a registered dietitian who will be able to guide you on the proper amount to meet your needs.

(Answer provided by Sara Estabrook MS, RD, LDN at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital)

Registered Dietitians can provide Medical Nutrition Therapy related to blood pressure, blood sugar, preventive care, gluten free needs and some GI disorders, food allergy, decreased kidney function, weight loss/gain and more.

Most insurances cover the cost of nutrition therapy at the request of your physician. Check with your insurance company to find out if your plan covers classes, and talk to your doctor about providing a written request.

More Information:
Contact Amanda Carmichael, BS, RD, LDN, 901.516.6357
Fax physicians requests: 901.937.3334


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