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OTC vitamins
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Most of the over-the-counter vitamins we take are fine when we follow the directions, but beefing up the dosage to fend off an illness can be dangerous. “Certain types of vitamins are stored in the fat cells of the body and can actually be a problem with overdosing,” cautions Dr. Bentley. “Most vitamins are excreted in the urine, but A, D, E and K are stored in the fat of the body.” For instance, vitamin D received a lot of attention a few years back because if you were in a bad mood, sleepy, and achy, vitamin D was the cure. But it’s not a good idea to up the dosage to improve the benefits. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, taking 50,000 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D for several months has been shown to cause toxicity.

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