Taking high doses of vitamins can do more harm than good

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Without vitamins in our diet we wouldn’t survive but taking too many can be harmful. There’s a limit to how much we actually need.

However, since the discovery of vitamins - or “vital amines” as they were originally dubbed in 1912 - the idea that more is better has been promoted, much to the benefit of manufacturers in a billion pound industry.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2013

Bibliographical note

Peter McCaffrey receives funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)


  • Vitamins
  • Antioxidant
  • Dietary supplements
  • Supplements
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E


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