VITAMINS: IOM Sets Limits on Antioxidants
Concerned about the risk of harmful side effects from overuse of vitamins, the Institute of Medicine yesterday set limits on daily consumption of Vitamins C and E, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. While the IOM determined that "extremely large doses" of the vitamins can cause health problems, the institute also recommended increased daily dosages for both.
- Vitamin C: Women should consume 75 milligrams, and men should consume 90 milligrams, both up from 60 milligrams; smokers should consumer an additional 35 milligrams each day, but adults should not exceed more than 2,000 milligrams per day.
- Vitamin E: Women and men should consume 15 milligrams each day, up 10 milligrams for men and 8 for women. No more than 1,000 milligrams should be consumed each day (Otto, 4/11).
- Selenium: Men and women also should consume 55 micrograms of selenium, up from 55 and 70 micrograms, respectively. Adults should consume no more than 400 micrograms each day. Sources of selenium include seafood, liver, meat and grains.