Friday, December 22, 2006

Too much of vitamins can be harmful!

News 8 Austin Can too much of a good thing be bad for you body? Yes, actually. By filling your body with too many vitamins you are putting your health at risk. The following supplements can have negative effects if taken in large quantities:

Vitamin C: Millions of Americans take vitamin C supplements at widely varying doses up to thousands of milligrams. The recommended daily dose is 60 mg. Two thousand milligrams taken daily can cause diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, and headache. Routine mega doses may also create vitamin C dependency. When intake is suddenly reduced, signs of withdrawal can include a rebound deficiency -- bleeding gums, lingering wounds, and skin problems.

Vitamin E: This vitamin is being studies to reduce heart disease but too much of it can cause muscle weakness, fatigue, nausea and diarrhea. Supplements can cause serious bleeding problems, especially among those who take anticoagulants. The recommended daily dose for men is 15 IU and 12 IU for women.

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