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What cautions should I take with vitamins and minerals?

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Many nutrients, in too high a dose, can be dangerous. High doses of vitamin A, E, K and other fat-soluble vitamins can build up in your body and become toxic.

Supplements are not a substitute for healthy diet.

SOURCES:

Institute of Medicine (IOM): "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D."

Paul M. Coates, PhD, director, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Vitamins and Minerals: What You Should Know."

International Food Information Council: "Dietary Reference Intakes: An Update."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "NOF Scientific Statement: National Osteoporosis Foundation's Updated Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D3 Intake."

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Reference Intakes."

Paul R. Thomas, EdD, RD, scientific consultant, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2018

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SOURCES:

Institute of Medicine (IOM): "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D."

Paul M. Coates, PhD, director, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

FamilyDoctor.org: "Vitamins and Minerals: What You Should Know."

International Food Information Council: "Dietary Reference Intakes: An Update."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "NOF Scientific Statement: National Osteoporosis Foundation's Updated Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D3 Intake."

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Reference Intakes."

Paul R. Thomas, EdD, RD, scientific consultant, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2018

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