Safe Herb and Vitamin Combinations

Professionals answer reader questions about safe herb and vitamin combinations.

| May/June 1998

These safe herb and vitamin combinations will keep you from making mistakes with over-the-counter vitamins and natural herbs.

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Mixing Vitamins and Medicinal Herbs

There are some herbs and vitamins that you can’t take together.

In every issue of Herbs for Health, professionals from a variety of health-care fields answer your questions about using medicinal herbs. Medical doctor Robert Rountree and herbalist Rosemary Gladstar respond for this issue.

Choosing Safe Herb and Vitamin Combinations

Q. Are there any herbs and vitamins that can’t be taken together? I take coenzyme Q-10 (90 mg) for my mitral valve prolapse, dong quai root (1,130 mg) for female problems, and kava (425 mg) for stress, along with vitamin C, B-complex, and beta-carotene. Is it safe to combine all of these? Also, can you suggest a good reference book?
K. L.
Ponchatoula, Louisiana

A. There are some herbs and vitamins that you can’t take together. In general, the more concentrated or potent the extract, the more you begin to get a drug-like effect, which means a higher potential for side effects. However, I don’t have any reason to suspect a toxic interaction for any of the vitamins or herbs that you have listed.

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