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for the past, like, forever, I have had two jars of pills sitting in my cupboard: a multivitamin which contains all sorts of goodies including my omegas, and a jar of just B12.<br><br><br><br>
I never used to remember to take them. I have given blood twice, and my iron has been perfect each time. Now I want to start remembering to take them as I have recently gone vegan and I have slight paranoia about vitamins. I know it's mostly unfounded, but I want to make sure I have my bases covered. (And I know they are not a replacement for a balanced diet!)<br><br><br><br>
My question is this: if my iron levels have been very good in the past based solely on my diet, with no/few supplements, is it a bad idea to start taking regularly a multivitamin that claims to contain 100% of my iron? I've heard iron overdoses are dangerous and relatively easy to do accidently. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:">
 

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Maybe you should purchase another multi without so much iron. I am sure they sell some with 50%. Too much iron can be very damaging, however I think it is unlikely that you would have that much of an overdose.
 

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my multi has 25 % daily value. try plugging your food into fitday for a week or so... If you are getting a lot of iron (over 100%) then switch to a lower iron multi, but i wouldn't worry so much. a lot of vitamin isn't absorbed fully anyway.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>CountessKerouac</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Maybe you should purchase another multi without so much iron. I am sure they sell some with 50%. Too much iron can be very damaging, however I think it is unlikely that you would have that much of an overdose.</div>
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And I agree! You can hardly overdose with one multi per day; especially if you take into accound (<span style="color:#0000FF;">Blue</span> Plastic Straw) your bleeding. How about using this one up and buy one with a reduced iron content the next time?
 

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And I agree! You can hardly overdose with one multi per day; especially if you take into accound (<span style="color:#0000FF;">Blue</span> Plastic Straw) your bleeding. How about using this one up and buy one with a reduced iron content the next time?</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> I was going to use this one up anyway.<br><br>
I just don't really want to change my multi because this one has everything in one and is vegetarian and is supermarket own brand so it's relatively cheap.<br><br><br><br>
Everyone: I may start taking it every other day instead. My diet is alright, so I probably don't need one every day, right? (I will still take B12 every day)
 

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I have read that too much iron can be just as harmful as too little. According to Dr. Neal Barnard (PCRM), excess iron can act as a catalyst for the formation of free radicals, which can harm your cells.<br><br><br><br>
FWIW, I personally don't take a multivitamin because I believe the quantities and proportions of nutrients in food are balanced, and taking extra vitamins might throw that balance out of whack. In addition, many of the foods we eat frequently are fortified with extra vitamins and minerals (such as cereal, soymilk, etc). I actually go out of my way to avoid vitamin-fortified cereals. My only exception is that I do depend on my fortified soymilk for B-12, however, other than that I just try to eat a healthy and balanced diet.<br><br><br><br>
isowish - I like your idea of taking your multivitamin every other day, rather than every day. You could even take it just once or twice per week. I really think it is possible to get everything you need from food (except B-12 if you are a vegan).
 

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isowish - I like your idea of taking your multivitamin every other day, rather than every day. You could even take it just once or twice per week. I really think it is possible to get everything you need from food (except B-12 if you are a vegan).</div>
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I think I am going to use purrpelle's idea of tracking my food on fitday for a little while, and decide from that how often to take the multi.<br><br>
Thanks everyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I would not recommend taking iron in your supplement. Iron this way will interfere with natural iron in the diet and it interfers with absorption of other nutrients.
 

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I dont even take multivitamins anymore. I think most of them are bad for you and use synthetic cheap vitamins. Its too hard to adjust your doses. I take all my vitamins seperately so I can find a balance thats right for me. Everyone is different.<br><br><br><br>
But to answer your question, no, I dont think using up the rest of that bottle will hurt you. And if you still wanna take a multi, there are plenty of options without iron. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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okay. I realised today that my multi wasn't vegan (I bought it months ago when I was lacto-ovo; it has beeswax in it) so I'm changing it anyway (when I've finished this one. I'm going to use that last four tablets anyway. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veganpolice.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":notvegan:">)
 
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