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Don’t Overdo it with Vitamins

separator The Food Standards Agency, a consumer watchdog group in England, is warning consumers that certain vitamins, taken in high doses, can be harmful. Among the findings:

  • Large doses of vitamin C (more than 1,000 milligrams per day), calcium (more than 1,500 milligrams per day) and iron (more than 17 milligrams per day) can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea
  • More than 10 milligrams of vitamin B6 per day can cause loss of feeling in the arms and legs
  • Beta-carotene, in large doses taken over a long period of time, can be harmful to people who smoke

As a general rule, it’s never a good idea to take vitamins in large doses, unless your doctor specifically recommends it.

The Food Standards Agency of Great Britain.
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