If you suspect that you're taking too much of a vitamin or
mineral, don't stop completely. Nutrition experts suggest cutting back to about half of
your current dosage. Your body has adjusted itself to handle a massive dose, so if you
stop altogether, it could trigger a deficiency. As a general rule, it's best to stay below
five times the USRDA for minerals and vitamins.
If you're thinking about increasing the dosage of some
nutrients or are just curious about your present vitamin regimen, consult your doctor or a
registered dietitian. This is especially important if you have an illness such as diabetes
or high blood pressure, since large doses of some supplements can interfere with the
function of medications.
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