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A 20-year-old female asked:

If i take fish oil, prenatal, and multi vitamins daily along with a weight loss supplement, am i over doing it? or am i okay?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
OK unless pregnant: Prenatal vitamins ARE multivitamins so taking a prenatal AND multi is redundant but unlikely to be toxic unless you become pregnant, as is hazardous to take more than 10,000 iu of pre-formed Vit A in early pregnancy (beta carotene is OK). So if the 2 together have more than 10,000 iu stop the multi BEFORE pregnancy. Also DO NOT take weight loss sups if pregnant. But add Vit D- take total 5000 iu.
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Pregnancy: Take your prenatal vitamins. The rest are not necessary and the weight loss supplement could cause your baby harm. Be sure to get enough calcium - 1200 to 1500 mg. If not pregnant, a healthy and well balanced diet is the best source of nutrients and you can bank the money saved on vitamins. A multivitamin would be fine.

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