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A 51-year-old female asked:

can you take a multi vitamin and a regular vitamin such as vitamin b complex or c?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: A multivitamin will seldom supply optimal levels of vitamin c, so i often advise that people take additional vitamin c. Some people will benefit from higher intake of b complex than many multivitamins provide and there is no danger in taking an additional b complex. There is no harm in taking lots of b's except limit b6 to 250 day. Excessive Folic Acid may be harmful- see my comment.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
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There is some evidence that synthetic folic acid may increase risk of certain cancers. I thus prefer multivitamins and B complex that include the active form of folic acid, L-5-MTHF. Few companies have this currently, but 2 that do have this in their mulitvitamins are Pure Encapsulations and Designs For Health. See http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/folic_acid_dangers_and_prenatal_vitamins.aspx and http://www.drdebe.com/l-5-mthf-new-supplement-that-could-save-your-life.html
Oct 11, 2012

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