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Doctors warn patients of ‘overdosing’ on vitamins

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If you don’t always eat the way you should, taking a multivitamin may help.

However, a new books warns those supplements in high doses may be dangerous.

According to Dr. Paul Offit, megadoses of certain vitamins may increase the risk for heart disease and cancer.

He says his main concern is patients taking doses that are five to 20 times the recommended daily allowance for the nutrients.

Dr. Offit said, “By challenging Mother Nature in taking these vitamins and concentrating them to these exceptionally large quantities that you would never normally eat, you’ve got to be careful.”

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents the supplement industry,  said there is research underscoring the benefits of multivitamins.

In a statement, it said consumers should always use caution when considering megadoses of any supplement and to consult with their own doctors.