Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is There a Downside to Taking Vitamins?

By    |   Tuesday, 04 February 2014 05:15 PM

Question: I recently started taking a multi-vitamin just to fill in the gaps in my nutrition. I am healthy, don’t eat many sweets or fatty foods, so my diet is pretty good. Is there any downside to taking a multi-vitamin? 

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Most multi-vitamin use is a waste of money. Taking a daily multi-vitamin offers little benefit to healthy people with no vitamin deficiencies.
Some vitamins, taken in excess, can even be harmful. Episodic use may be appropriate for some people, but chronic use discouraged in otherwise healthy individuals.

The only exceptions are during pregnancy, when prenatal items are advised to use for fetal health, and replacement multivitamins for those with deficient diets or certain health conditions.

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Multi-vitamins are not beneficial to healthy people who don't have vitamin deficiencies.
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 05:15 PM
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