Vitamin C and Atripla
Jan 18, 2014
Is it safe to take Vitamin tablets up to 1,000 mg every day when also on Atripla. Thank you and best regards.
Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for posting.
The real question is why you're taking high dose vitamin C in the first place. There's no compelling evidence that it does anything of benefit, and actually might be harmful.
A recent summary editorial from highly respected authors at Johns Hopkins University and the American College of Physicians concludes; " β-carotene, vitamin E, and possibly high doses of vitamin A supplements are harmful. Other antioxidants, folic acid and B vitamins, and multivitamin and mineral supplements are ineffective for preventing mortality or morbidity due to major chronic diseases. Although available evidence does not rule out small benefits or harms or large benefits or harms in a small subgroup of the population, we believe that the case is closed supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults with (most) mineral or vitamin supplements has no clear benefit and might even be harmful. These vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Enough is enough."
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