The Dangers of Vitamins

  • 9:42 pm
  • September 3rd, 2017

The Dangers of Taking Too Many Vitamins and Supplements 

Water Soluble vs Fat Soluble

There’s vitamin supplement stores in every city and every grocery aisle, you don’t need a doctor’s prescription to access them. You read taking Vitamin B-12 is great for nerves and you also read that taking Vitamin E is great for your skin. Do you really know what’s truly happening to your body when you stare down that vitamin bottle and realize you’re on your 25th pill?

Often, we are googling, or reading in a magazine that taking certain supplements can be beneficial due to the lack of nutrients the average joe puts into his/her body. The information may also be tied to a good-looking model, almost thinking the youthful looks are just a few skips down the street to the grocery store towards the vitamin aisle.

Let’s get to it.

In every Multi-vitamin, or individual vitamin, you should have a general idea how they are each processed in your body. Knowing how vitamins are processed is a step in helping you make the right choice when taking Vitamins.

Taking vitamins, A, D, E, and K for example are the fat-soluble vitamins. These types of vitamins dissolve in fat and stored in body tissues. When these vitamins are stored in your fat over time over time they can accumulate to dangerous levels and it can essentially lead to a serious condition called Hypervitaminosis, which means excess amounts of a vitamins in the body, when more than the recommended amount is taken.

Here are the dangers: Too much Vitamin A, D, or K can lead to increased levels that are unhealthy and can cause health consequences, for example too much vitamin A can lead to birth defects, and too high levels of Vitamin E may increase the risk of hemorrhaging. Excess Vitamin K can lessen, and even at times, reverse the effects of Blood thinner meds and prevent normal Blood clotting, just to title a few.

The missing link most folks fail to realize due to lack of access to direct-to-consumer blood testing is the importance is knowing your vitamin blood test levels before consuming vitamins. Knowing your vitamin levels can prove a lack, or abundance to various vitamins and minerals. Taking more than the necessary fat-soluble vitamin can cause unnecessary harm you could’ve easily avoided.


Too Much Can Cause Harm

When your blood vitamin levels go above and beyond the safe limits, directed by your doctor, vitamins can act as harmful as some drugs. Excessive calcium intake, according to experts, more than 2,500 mg a day, can interfere with kidney function, cause kidney stones and constipation, and interfere with the absorption of iron and zinc. One 2,500 mg calcium supplement is like drinking eight glasses of milk, which goes beyond the reasonable food level.


Fortified Foods Combined With Supplements

Fortified foods can be just another way people can get additional nutrients. Fortified foods were the way many countries filled some nutrient complexities. Public health concerns years ago over nutrient deficiencies led the way to production practices like adding iodine to salt, grains enriched with B vitamins and iron, and milk fortified with vitamins A and D.

But the combination of whole foods, supplements, and fortified foods raises safety concerns with experts. Eating fortified foods while also taking supplements can cause a person's diet to exceed safe upper levels and potentially lead to a toxic buildup.

Did you know that simply consuming about six Brazil nuts, which weigh about 1 ounce, contain 544 micrograms of selenium—Yay selenium. That's a whopping 780% of the Daily Value of this trace mineral, which is only needed in small amounts.


Water Soluble

Because water-soluble vitamins and nutrients dissolve in water, the continuous supply your body needs calls for a steady daily intake, from the foods you eat, from the supplements you take, or from a combination of foods and supplements. Vitamins C, B12, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, tryptophan, pantothenic acid, biotin, and folic acid are all classified in the water-soluble category.

Water-soluble nutrients work best when you get them in the proper amounts. When you eat or take more than your body needs, the body adapts by absorbing just what it needs, and then it usually excretes the excess in your urine -- but not always. A study in the August 2010 Journal of nutrition Science and Vitaminology found that urinary excretion of certain vitamins and other nutrients was reduced when study participants fasted.

The field of nutrition is ever-changing, and experts used to think that taking excess amounts of a water-soluble nutrient was harmless because the excesses would just be eliminated in urine. Today, we know that’s not the case, and that some water-soluble vitamins and nutrients are handled differently by the body than others.

Just because most water-soluble vitamins are not stored by the body, you can’t assume that it is safe or effective to take more than the safe upper limit. In addition, you need to account for the vitamins and nutrients you get from the food you eat.

For example, simply taking Vitamin B6 can cause nerve problems, too much Niacin can cause flushing, and excess Vitamin C can causeKidney Stones; in addition, excess folic acid may also mask a Vitamin B12 Deficiency , which is more common in people over age 50.

Best ways to solve for X is by simply ordering your vitamin blood tests through and get to know where your levels stand before putting your body at risk of danger.

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