“Too much of a good thing can be harmful,” they say. In terms of nutrients, however, what’s the situation? Is it ever possible to go overboard with them?
A clinical ambulatory pharmacy specialist at Banner Health said, “Absolutely,” and Dawn Gerber, PharmD, agreed. “Vitamins can be classified as either water-soluble or fat-soluble. Because water-soluble vitamins can be easily flushed from your body, fat-soluble vitamins are more difficult to get rid of.”
There is no need to keep water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and B-complex in your system. When you eat fats, your body’s fatty tissue and liver store fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K.
It’s common for them to get stuck in our fat. We don’t drain out as much of the excess supplements we take at high quantities, so the more we take, the more we get stuck.”
On the other hand, vitamin supplements can have harmful effects on the body, even if they are used in moderation.
The following information will help you stay on track for your daily supplement use.
What about calcium and phosphorus, or D and K?
There’s a solid reason we didn’t include vitamin D on this list of fat-soluble vitamins (or two for that). Dr. Gerber explained this by saying, “We don’t often see overdose with vitamin D as much.” According to the research, even high doses of the drug have no negative side effects. Additionally, many Americans are lacking in the vitamin.”
Also, don’t take too much vitamin C or zinc.
Many individuals are stocking up on vitamin C and zinc in anticipation of the upcoming cold and flu seasons and the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the jury is yet out on the merits of COVID-19, which is currently the subject of much debate.
Dr. Gerber noted that “Vitamin C is hot with COVID-19.” No solid evidence exists that vitamin C and zinc aid in treating a cold virus. As with COVID-19, the jury is still out because it hasn’t been around long enough.
Symptoms of vitamin C and zinc overdose
Vitamin C is normally harmless; however, it might produce nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea if taken more than 2,000mg. High doses can cause falsely increased blood glucose readings, which are dangerous for people with diabetes. A drop in blood glucose levels can result in tremors, sweating, and potentially a seizure or loss of consciousness. It appears that diabetics’ blood glucose levels are good, but a large amount of vitamin C is obscuring the true low blood glucose measurement, Dr. Gerber stated.
Zinc administered orally, especially in large amounts, can induce various side effects, including nausea, diarrhea, and constipation (anything over 40mg). It is possible that high zinc levels can lead to copper shortage and taste problems, and hematological and neurological consequences.
For example, Dr. Gerber said that taking zinc along with an antibiotic would negate the antibiotic’s full effect. This is because zinc can bind to the antibiotic and reduce the medication’s efficacy. A patient may become quite frustrated if they cannot grasp the underlying cause of their condition.
Consult your physician before taking any dietary supplements.
Do not follow your instincts even if you feel that you’re lacking in this or that, and you may be lacking in another area.
If you suspect a vitamin deficiency, make an appointment with your doctor. Checking in with your doctor at least once a year is essential for your health and well-being. Your doctor may offer over-the-counter vitamins or modest dietary changes to help you get back on your feet again.
Discuss any vitamin interactions with your physician or pharmacist.
According to Dr. Gerber, pharmacists and doctors ask themselves, “Is this the appropriate drug for the right patient for the right issue?” before prescribing any medication. As a result, it is imperative that you carefully consider which supplements, including vitamins, you use.”