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Vitamins:

Don't overdose on them

 

 

 

 

It is a good idea for everyone to take a vitamin and mineral supplement. The government of the United States has set guidelines of how much to take of each vitamin and mineral within safe levels. Many people believe these levels are too low and the take megadoses of vitamins.

Is this safe?

It is still recommended that we consume most of our vitamins and minerals through "real food". No one should believe that we can make up for a lousy diet by popping a few pills in our mouths. If eating a balanced diet is sometimes not possible or if you are pregnant is it a good idea to take extra vitamins.

The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences has set RDA's (Recommended Daily Allowances ) for each vitamin and mineral. Many of these guidelines were set more than 25 years ago. Studies were done to see how much of each vitamin and mineral our body needed and how much we could reasonably get from the foods we eat. Taking extra vitamins and minerals within the guidelines are considered safe.

Vitamins and minerals are important in fighting disease and curing many ailments. Many people believe they can stop aging, prevent cancer, grow back hair, ease arthritis, prevent Alzheimer's, and many other conditions with vitamins. People are spending absolutely billions of dollars on vitamin and mineral supplements believing they can cure all their ailments.

Some people think that the RDA's (recommended daily dosage)need to be increased. They believe that the recommended dosages are antiquated. In recent years some RDA's have been increased, such as Vitamin C. The Food and Drug Administration has been slow and hesitant to increase the RDA of many others because of studies that indicate taking more is not always better.

Researchers are now studying if taking supplements above the recommended levels is actually harmful. Some vitamins are harmful if taken above their levels, others are not.
A good approach to vitamin and mineral supplements is to only take what is a prudent dose. Consult with your doctor if you think you need more - especially if you are pregnant, have a health condition or about to have surgery.

 

 

Vitamin overdoses:

Why too much can be bad for you

 

Vitamin supplements are great as supplements to your diet, but in some cases overdoses can occur. The human body can withstand only so much of one type of vitamin. There can be deadly results from consuming extreme amounts of vitamins. There are many vitamins and minerals the body needs to be healthy.
The vitamins that the body can not store such as vitamin C, are the vitamins that the human body needs and could use extra amounts. The vitamins the body does store like vitamins E, A and D can be taken to the extreme of causing a vitamin overdose.

 

Vitamin C used to be thought of a safe vitamin to take megadoses of and many people take a ton thinking it could cure a cold and prevent cancer. Now the FDA believes too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea. Studies are also hinting that if you are megadosing on anti-oxidants (vitamins and minerals in a cancer fighting combination) while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, you could actually be feeding the cancer cells, making them resistant to chemotherapy.

Vitamin B6 The human body only needs one or two milligrams of vitamin B6 per day, but they are sold in one-gram quantities. When taking this dose of vitamin B6 only take one table every two days and drink plenty of water.
If an overdose of vitamin B6 occurs it could cause serious damage, it could cause sensory control and motor control loss.

Vitamin E is another vitamin that is often mistreated. There are extreme side effects of consuming more than the body can absorb. The body's system only needs one hundred to three hundred milligrams of vitamin E per day. If you take Vitamin E at more than 1000 mg then you increase possible bleeding. If an overdose of vitamin E occurs it could cause blood clots, fatigue, tumors in the breast, and reproductive problems.
There are vitamin supplements on the market that are sold to help grow nails and hair. These are often abused, you need only to take one tablet per day, and consume at least eight glasses of water per day.

Vitamins A & D Consumers are unaware of the dangers of vitamins A and D. Most people take vitamins A and D they same way they take vitamin C. The only difference is that if vitamin C is taken in excess it is passed through the kidneys and flushed out of the body. But vitamins A and D are stored in the body's fat and the liver, causing sever consequences.
By consuming extreme amounts of vitamins A and D, it could result in Cirrhosis of the liver, fatigue and dry and itchy skin.

Calcium carbonate in some antacids such as Tums, Chooz, etc, in some mineral supplements, in some vitamin and/or mineral supplements and in some hand lotions is involved.
Calcium carbonate is considered a fairly nontoxic substance, so recovery is quite likely. Chronic overuse is more serious than acute (1 time) overdose. Some symptoms include Pain in the bones, Vomiting, Abdominal pain, Nausea and/or Vomiting, Constipation,. Diarrhea, Irregular heartbeat, Confusion, Depression and Coma.
If you suspect a calcium carbonate overdose, seek emergency medical care immediately. Do not induce vomiting.

When taking any vitamin supplements only take as directed, it is best to always consult your physician first. Talk to your doctor about concerns of vitamin deficiency, and he will be able to do the proper testing and diagnose a proper vitamin diet.

 

 

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