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Can supplements of Vitamin E, Vitamin C and iron be taken together?

Friday, 20 May 2005
Answered by: Chandra M. Gulhati
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Q. Can vitamin E capsules be taken along with iron capsules and vitamin C? If not together then can one be taken in the morning and the other in the evening?

A.  You have not given any reason for taking Vitamin E, iron and Vitamin C supplements. In any case unless there is documented deficiency, these supplements are not required; they can even be harmful. For instance excessive consumption of Vitamin E can lead to diarrhoea, intestinal pain, lethargy and muscle weakness. The daily requirement of vitamin E is less than 15 mg which is available from normal food. Most commercial preparations contain 100 to 600 mg and hence lead to overvitaminosis. Vitamin E reduces the efficacy of iron when taken concurrently irrespective of the timing.

A.  You have not given any reason for taking Vitamin E, iron and Vitamin C supplements. In any case unless there is documented deficiency, these supplements are not required; they can even be harmful. For instance excessive consumption of Vitamin E can lead to diarrhoea, intestinal pain, lethargy and muscle weakness. The daily requirement of vitamin E is less than 15 mg which is available from normal food. Most commercial preparations contain 100 to 600 mg and hence lead to overvitaminosis. Vitamin E reduces the efficacy of iron when taken concurrently irrespective of the timing.

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