Can You Take Too Many Supplements?

If you’ve changed your supplement routine since the pandemic, you’re not alone. According to a 2020 survey conducted by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), more than 43 percent of dietary supplement users have switched things up. Among those who updated their regimens, 91 percent reported increasing their supplement intake, either by adding new supplements, taking the same supplements more regularly, or upping their dose(s). Overall immune support and health and wellness benefits are cited as the top reasons.

But while supplements are often seen as a method to ensure you meet your daily nutritional needs, they can create problems if you’re not careful. Like drugs, dietary supplements can affect the way your body functions, which can cause adverse effects in some people, according to an article published in the May 2022 issue of U.S. Pharmacist.

So, how do you know if you’re overdoing it with the supplements? Read on to find out.

What Are the Potential Health Benefits of Supplements?

“[In general], a supplement is something you’re not getting enough of through food,” says Rohit Moghe, PharmD, CDCES, a pharmacist with Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic in Philadelphia, and member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM).