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Is it ok to take two different dietary supplements at the same time?

Asked by xjustxxclaudiax (1950 points ) May 17th, 2011

I recently bought two bottles of dietary supplements. Ones called ultimate Woman’s Multi and the other is Hair, Skin, and Nails multi. Would it be ok if I took these both at the same time?

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everephebe's avatar

You’re probably cool.

augustlan's avatar

You need to see what ingredients are in each of them. If any overlap, then you need to find out how much of that particular ingredient is safe to take per day.

xjustxxclaudiax's avatar

They both say take two, so I was thinking if it’d be a good idea if I just take one of each..what do you guys think?

everephebe's avatar

Sure, why not.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I think it will be no problem to take one of each daily. I’m not a doctor, and this isn’t a professional opinion or anything like that… but I would do it. And I’m pretty paranoid about side effects, medications, supplements, etc. So, coming from someone that is hyper-vigilant about that sort of thing… I say go for it.

Coloma's avatar

I take a womans multi, tons of extra C and B-12, Cinnamon capsules, fish oil, ...looks like it’s all good. lol

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Coloma that sounds a lot like my regimen. I take a multi, and I supplement with C, B-complex and fish oil.

I think it will be perfectly fine to do one of each.

Brian1946's avatar

I second the take one of each advice, because it’s safe and easier to track.

You might be able to take 2 of one and 1 of the other, or two of both, but the amount of math and research involved to determine how safe that would be, probably wouldn’t be worth your time or effort.

BhacSsylan's avatar

Oy. People who are taking lots of vitamins, you know it’s possible to overdose on vitamins, right? Just checking.

Anyway, seconded to @augustlan. Just look them over. Almost certainly fine, I admit but why not check?

cazzie's avatar

Most vitamins can be expelled from the body, but there are things that can be taken in excess and build up and cause things like kidney stones and even trigger auto-immune responses.

Check the labels. @augustlan is right. By doubling up, you could exceed safe levels of certain minerals and even too much vitamin C can give you diarrhoea which means it’s damaging your kidneys.

I’m pretty dubious about how well certain hyped supplements actually help. I prefer to use real food, rather than pills. That way, I know that what I eat will be bio-available and absorbed and not just poo’d and pee’d out. I also have metabolic problems so I need to limit some things. Perhaps you can look at dietary changes with some of the nutritional goals you have.

SeaTurtle's avatar

Should be fine.
If you are a smoker AVOID any supplement that contains Beta-carotene (provitamin A)
Eating your fruits and vegetables and having a balanced diet may be a better way to go?

JLeslie's avatar

Listen to @augustlan. You need know what is in the supplements. Sure taking 1 of each is probably fine, but if there is completely different vitamins and minerals in the supplements you probably could take two of each. But, you really need to find out what is ok dosages and not just pop a pill in the first place. Educate yourself. For instance a daily supplement with iron might be too much iron for a man, it is important for men to take multivitamins specifically made for men which typically only have 0 to 6 mg of iron, while for menstruating women it is typically 18 mg. Too much A is not recommended for women who can become pregnant. A, D, E, and K are fat soluble vitamins, which means it is easier to overdose. Although, it seems many Americans are lacking in all of those.

If the percentages recommended by the RDA on the label are all less than or equal to 100% I think there is no problem, because those numbers are very conservative. If any are mega doses be careful, unless you have had blood tests to see if you need those hight doses. Even the water soluble vitamins like B and C can build in your system at high doses, because they take time to flush out. There are some studies suggesting this is not good. My neighbor had a crazy high number for her b12 because she was getting shots, and thought it was impossible to get too much.

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