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Your Questions About Dangers Of Taking Too Many Vitamins

Posted Aug 04 2011 4:37pm

Sandy asks…

I am doing a research paper on vitamins, and this is one of the questions I need to answer.

Water soluble vitamins like the B and C vitamins are excreted by your kidneys in urine so it is less likely to overdose on these. However, with the fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K, any excess is stored in body fat and the liver and overdose is a greater possibility. Vitamin D for example, in overdose can lead to kidney stones. Overdose of vitamins is called hypervitaminosis. I have attached a good web article which may help. Good luck with the research.


Sharon asks…

In lieu of all of this swine flu crap, I have decided to arm myself with vitamins (vitamin D3, C, B, oil of oregano and fish oil). I am taking about 5,000 mg or more of each a day, lots of water and healthy diet. I was just wondering what effects might this have on my system… like my liver, ect. ? I WILL NOT take the swine flu vaccination as I believe that it is very harmful… so, all I can do is boost my immune system… Thanks for your answers…
Dangers of Swine Fly Vac…


I agree that a healthy balanced diet and supplementation by way of vitamins, minerals and herbs will all help to boost your immune system. However, i always think that everything should be done in moderation. Balance is the key.

Be careful with the fat-soluble vitamins such as Vit A, D and E. They are valuable antioxidants but taken in excess will be toxic to your body. Vitamin C is water-soluble so you won’t be able to overdose here and is okay to take a mega-dose to help boost your immune system whenever you feel in threat of a virus attack. I take as much as 4000mg of Vitamin C when i have a cold/flu but keep it to about 1000mg at all other times.

Oil of Oregano is an excellent natural antibiotic but you are meant to take it for two weeks on and off. So if you have an infection ( eg. Flu, ear or urine infection) then you would take it 2 to 3 times a day for two or four weeks. Similar to how you would take prescribed anti-biotics from your GP. It is important to take a good Pro-biotic (yoghurt or tablets)following any antibiotic treatment to replenish the good bacteria in your gut which would have been knocked out together with all the bad ones. Acidophilus for about a month should put it right again.

Fish Oil/Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid and i don’t think there is any need for excessive doses, but i don’t think there would be any harm either.

B-vitamins should be taken in moderation as some may be toxic while others are just being wasted. I think that some B vitamins taken in excessive doses can cause numbness or tingling.

I am a great believer in natural remedies and alternative medicine. They can offer significant health benefits when conventional medicine has left you wanting. But it is always good to weigh up all that is available. Some things work well for some and not so well for others whether the treatment is natural, herbal, diet or prescription. It is always your choice, but make it a CAREFUL & INFORMED choice.

Best of health :-)

Mark asks…

I first Started with an electrolyte drink I mixed with some Essential Amino Acids and L-Glutamine recomended to me by a personal trainer. I was already taking a Centrum Multi Vitamin. Now my Physio has recomended I start taking Glucosamine to assist in my ankle and knee injuries. I feel like im living off supplements and powders. On the positive side I haven’t been sick or run down in a long time like I used to be. Im just afraid i could be wearing out my insides. Id be greatful if someone could tell me if this is dangerous and for a matter of interest what if I added things onto the end of the list? is it dangerous to mix and supplements?

Although I am a minimalist with regard to taking vitamins and supplements, the above regimen doesn’t seem too over-the-top. The electrolyte drink probably isn’t necessary unless you are sweating profusely over long periods of time, since you seem to be in good health and presumably not losing fluids other ways – such as by vomiting or diarrhea. There’s probably no real benefit to the amino acid supplementation either, if you are eating well rounded meals.

Basic vitamin and mineral supplementation is a good idea for most of us, but avoid mega-doses. Studies are beginning to accumulate indicating that those taking vitamins in dosages well above the daily requirements actually live shorter lives than those who take the basic levels.  Most of your nutrition should come from eating well, but basic supplementation helps ensure you’re not missing any vital elements.

Glucosamine (often combined with Chondroitin) does seem to offer relief to many who have painful joints, but the results are pretty mixed. These supplements seem to be benign, however, so I think they are worth a try to see if you will benefit.


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