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Our bodies need vitamins and essential minerals; however, if taken in large amounts, they can adversely affect our health. In fact, large amounts of many of the vitamins and minerals can be toxic.

This NebFact discusses the nutritional status, dietary reference intakes, nutrient toxicity, and tolerable upper intake levels (ULs) of vitamins and essential macro- and trace minerals for adults.