Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Too much of a good thing?

A story from headlined "Some Americans May Get Too Many Nutrients" actually emphasized IM/NAS panel recommendations for MORE nutrients:

The panel recommends:

* Combined use of calcium and vitamin D supplementation for postmenopausal women to protect bone health.

* Anti-oxidants and zinc should be considered for use by non-smoking adults with early-stage, age-related macular degeneration, an eye condition that can cause blindness.

* Women of childbearing age should take daily folate to prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.

If one wanted to find nutrients "not to take in excess" one would find the text:

Despite the general pubic [Yes, it said pubic, but probably meant public, one hopes] perception that MVMs are safe, the panel identified several possible risks. Too much of certain nutrients can have adverse effects, the scientists said. And the combined effects of eating fortified foods, taking MVMs, and consuming single vitamins or minerals in large doses can lead to overconsumption.

OK, that clears everything up.


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