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Is it okay for a 50-year-old woman to take prenatal vitamins?

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Is it okay for a 50-year-old woman to take prenatal vitamins?

Prenatal vitamins are not really intended for women who are not pregnant or lactating.  They contain elevated levels of essential nutrients to combat common nutrition deficiencies observed in those populations.  Most healthy adults do not need these nutrients in such high quantities, and over consumption may lead to further health issues.  In addition, prenatal vitamins often do not contain the nutrients that may be actually beneficial for middle-aged women, including vitamin D, and omega 3s.  You will likely not need prenatal vitamins, or any vitamin if you maintain a healthy, balanced diet rich in plant based foods!  

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