Is it worth it taking vitamin supplements? A panel of experts at the National Institutes of Health made a decision on that today. They said there is some evidence in some cases that vitamin D and calcium are beneficial in building bone density, especially in post-menopausal women.
They also agree that women of child bearing age should be taking folic acid to protect against birth defects. What the panel does not know is how multivitamins might interact with prescription and over the counter drugs. Another big issue, how much is too much?
"Exceeding the upper level isn't necessarily a bad situation, but if we have people that are taking multivitamins, taking single vitamins at high potency and eating fortified foods, they could be considerably exceeding the upper level, and in this case, put themselves at risk for adverse events," said Dr. Diane Birt of Iowa State University.
The panel recommends patients talk to their doctors about any and all supplements and drugs they might be taking.