Megavitamin therapy, also known as orthomolecular therapy, involves taking vitamins in doses that exceed the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) in an effort to cure or prevent physiological or psychological disorders.
Orthomolecular therapy dates back to the early 1950s when psychiatrists began prescribing excessive doses of nutrients to treat severe mental problems. Vitamin B3 was the original substance used, and years later other vitamins, minerals and hormones were added to treatments.
Megadose therapy is the use vitamins in doses that are ten times greater than the RDA (five times greater with vitamin D).
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Note: Please see the Natural Standard Herbs & Supplements Database for more information on individual vitamins.