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How to Recognize When You're a Vitamin Junkie

Updated on January 2, 2010
Vitamins from a vitamin junkie's shelf
Vitamins from a vitamin junkie's shelf

Vitamins and minerals are a part of a good, balanced diet but how much is enough. Too many vitamins can actually cause more harm than good.

Are you a vitamin junkie?  Read on to see how you compare.

Look at your vitamin shelf. First of all, if you know what I'm talking about and you actually HAVE a vitamin shelf, that can be one indication that you might be a vitamin junkie. Most people have a few vitamins on their medicine shelf, not a whole shelf filled with vitamins.

Look through your vitamins. If you have a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement (and I'm sure it's in there somewhere), check the label. Do you have at least as many vitamins in single bottles (i.e. vitamin C or vitamin E in separate bottles) as there are in an entire, single muti-vitamin tablet?

If you enhance your already "enhanced" vitamins with a vitamin drink for lunch (and/or dinner) then you might be a candidate.

Do you find yourself replacing food articles with vitamin supplements? Many junkies prefer supplements over healthy foods, like vegetables and fruits.

When you hear a report on television about a vitamin that can help prevent a certain disease, do you automatically add it to your diet? How often do you find that you're ALREADY taking the vitamin suggested by the program?

If any of the above applies to you, you might want to consider changing your habits. Talk with your doctor and tell him or her exactly what you are taking and how often.

Some people need large amounts of certain vitamins for certain ailments, but on the average a simple multi-vitamin and mineral supplement should suffice.

Always consult your doctor before making any diet changes.


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