Vitamins are good for your body, but like all things in life too much of a good thing can have serious consequences. It is easy to ingest copious amounts of vitamins without thinking about it twice. The problem is that taking a dose that is higher than recommended can really damage your body. Below you will find the common side effects that become present when vitamin poisoning occurs.
Vitamin A promotes healthy teeth, soft tissue, and skin. It is also good for the eyes as it helps generate pigments in the retina. Taking too much Vitamin A can cause liver damage and hair loss. Common side effects include blurred vision, dizziness, and headaches. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is 5,000 IU per day for men and 4,000 IU for women. Anything exceeding 15,000 IU per day can lead to complications.
Vitamin C helps boost the immune system and is a great way to prevent and fight the common cold. Vitamin C dosage varies depending on age and sex so consult your physician or follow this link for the RDA for Vitamin C. Overdosing on Vitamin C has been said to damage the kidneys but there is no scientific data to back up the claims. Common side effects of an overdose include stomachaches and diarrhea.
Vitamin B-6/Vitamin B-Complex is great for energy and is used to treat hormonal changes in women. The RDA is 2 mg per day for males and women. Common signs of an overdose include difficulty walking and numbness of the mouth. Taking Vitamin B-6 before bed can also result in vivid dreams.
Vitamin D is also called the sunshine vitamin because the body naturally produces it when the body is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. The dosage varies with age and sex, follow this link for more information. Signs of a Vitamin D overdose include vomiting, muscle weakness and kidney stones. Taking too much Vitamin D can also create a calcium build up which can lead to osteoporosis in adults.
These are just some side effects of the most common vitamins taken. When taking dietary supplements and vitamins, keep in mind that the food we eat also contains essential vitamins. Foods such as milk, cheese, oranges, meat, etc. contain vitamins that you might already be taking. Before taking any supplement make sure to do a little research to find a dose that is safe for you and your family.
If you experience side effects and believe you have overdosed contact your physician or call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for more information.