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Would you recommend that Hazel take these supplements? Why or Why not?

Hazel is suffering through her third cold of the winter. When she complains at a local health food store, the clerk recommends several supplements to keep her healthy. These include a vitamin C supplement, a stress formula B vitamin supplement called B50, a supplement called Prevention Plus, and the herbal supplement Echinacea. Hazel checks the labels of these supplements she has purchased. The information is summarized in the table:

Supplement/Ingredient

Dose

%DV/Dose

Frequency

Total amount (%DV)

Vitamin C

500 mg

833%

3/day

1500 mg (2500%)

B50

Thiamin

50 mg

3333%

3/day

150 mg (10,000%)

Niacin

50 mg

250%

150 mg (750%)

Vitamin B6

60 mg

2500%

180 mg (7500%)

Riboflavin

50 mg

2941%

150 mg (8823%)

Biotin

50 mg

16.66%

150 mg (50%)

Pantothenic Acid

50 mg

500%

150 mg (1500%)

Folic Acid

50 mcg

12.5%

150 mcg (38%)

Vitamin B12

50 mcg

833%

150 mcg (2500%)

Prevention Plus

Vitamin C

1000 mg

1776%

1/day

1000 mg (1667%)

Zinc

15 mg

100%

15 mg (100%)

Echinacea

Echinacea

125 mg

6/day

750 mg

Review the ingredients in Hazel’s supplements. If she takes all these products at the frequency recommended in the table, will she be exceeding the UL for any nutrients? List them.

Did you find a UL for Echinacea? Why not?

 

Would you recommend that Hazel take these supplements? Why or Why not?