Why is the excess of vitamins harmful and why is it adviced not to take vitamin pills without consulting a doctor. Suggest the ideal intake of vitamins daily.

Asked by sunil2791 | 24th Jun, 2017, 02:57: PM

Expert Answer:

  • Taking large doses of vitamins can be harmful because your body only needs vitamins in very tiny amounts.
  • Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and cereals will give your body the vitamins it needs, at the right level and in the right balance.
  • Vitamin supplements can’t replace a healthy diet, but a general multivitamin may help if your diet is inadequate.
  • People who may need vitamin supplements include pregnant and breastfeeding women, people who consume alcohol in amounts over the recommended level, drug users and the elderly.
  • It is just at certain specialized cases where doctors prescribe multi-vitamin tablets with a specific dose to meet the body requirements. 
  • In case of multi-vitamin pills, one should not take them without diagnosing the vitamin deficiency. 
  • In case deficiency is diagnosed by doctor—one shouldn't take more than ten vitamin/multi-vitamin tablets in a month that are prescribed.

Answered by Vaibhav Chavan | 24th Jun, 2017, 08:55: PM