Can vitamins harm?

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We associate the word “vitamins” with benefits and life. No wonder their very name contains the word “vita” – life. That is why sometimes you have to meet people who drink vitamins uncontrollably, believing that the more you take them, the healthier you will be.

Vitamins are really good for health, and their absence – vitamin deficiencies, or, more precisely, hypovitaminosis, are very dangerous to health. However, taking super-large doses of vitamins – one-time or constant – is also harmful. No wonder doctors have introduced the term “hypervitaminosis”. What are the consequences of uncontrolled intake of certain vitamins?

Vitamin A

An excess of it can cause a very strong reaction in the body. Here are the symptoms of vitamin A hypervitaminosis:

  • fever,
  • itching
  • peeling skin,
  • rashes
  • headache,
  • nausea and even vomiting
  • excitability,
  • hair loss,
  • itching.

To all this, you need to add high blood cholesterol and disruption of the urinary system – kidneys and bladder. It must be remembered that this type of hypervitaminosis can be “earned” not only with pills with vitamins but also on a long diet exclusively from a huge amount of sea fish.

Vitamins B

Dangerous in case of overdose vitamins B5, B6 and B9

Symptoms of hypervitaminosis:

  • nausea,
  • tachycardia,
  • insomnia,
  • excitation,
  • headache,
  • impaired coordination of movements (vitamin B6),
  • dehydration (B5).

Vitamin C

A one-time poisoning with vitamin C is extremely difficult to “earn” since its excess is excreted in the urine, but if you mock your body in this way for a long time, you can earn:

  • dizziness,
  • itchy skin
  • pain and burning when urinating,
  • redness of the skin,
  • high blood pressure,
  • metabolic disease.

Vitamin D

This vitamin in large quantities can generally be considered poisonous. The symptoms of poisoning are as follows:

  • headache,
  • weakness,
  • loss of appetite,
  • nausea and vomiting,
  • digestive disorders
  • constipation.

Chronic hypervitaminosis leads to osteoporosis and calcification of the heart and kidneys.

Vitamin E

Its excess leads to headaches and increased fatigue, as well as indigestion.

To summarize, let’s say: everything is medicine and everything is poison. The decisive argument will be the dose. Therefore, you need to take vitamins in the amount in which the body needs them.


14 thoughts on “Can vitamins harm?”

  1. It’s an eye opener that vitamins can also be harmful. But then excess of anything is bad, as you have rightly stated.

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