Our expert says:
According to the existing SA RDA the recommended adult daily intake for folic acid is 200 microgram per day, but it has been proposed that the SA RDA for folic acid should be increased 400 microgram per day. In view of the latest research it is not a good idea to overdose on any vitamin or mineral and one should not exceed the RDA when taking supplements. If you read the article "ARE VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS FATAL?" (do a Search for it on the Health24 Website), then you will see that recent research cautions against the daily use of vitamin and mineral supplements if you don't actually have deficiencies. So the products that contain 800 microgram and 5 mg of folic acid per dose are far too high and may cause problems. It is wrong to think that if a small amount of any nutrient will do you good, then a large amount will be even better. In some cases excessive intakes of certain vitamins (A and D) and minerals or trace elements (chromium for example) can be harmful.
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