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Authors Penniston KL, Tanumihardjo SA
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Journal J Am Diet Assoc Volume: 103 Issue: 9 Pages: 1185-7
Publish Date 2003 Sep
PubMed ID 12963949

Vitamin A consumption by many Americans is quite high, in part because of the consumption of fortified foods and the use of vitamin supplements. Most multivitamin supplements provide two or more times the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin A because the daily value (DV) is based on 1968 and not current RDAs. Consumption of just one multivitamin often provides excessive vitamin A, the majority of it as preformed vitamin A esters. Given recent epidemiologic evidence that suggests a link between chronic intakes of vitamin A that exceed the RDA and hip fractures, it may be time to reexamine food and supplement fortification policies and to discontinue the clinical practice of prescribing two multivitamins to the elderly and other patients whose needs for certain micronutrients are high. Copyright © 2018 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System