Are you overdosing on Vitamins?

BENOI NAIR|February 9, 2020

As surprising as it may sound, Vitamin ‘overdosing’ is as real as vitamin ‘deficiency’. Today, we have juices loaded with vitamins and minerals in them, which sounds like a good way to recover your nutritional bases, especially when your regular diet is poor. But what if… you are overdosing on vitamins? What If you are overdosing on minerals?

Like for example – excessive Vitamin ‘C’ and ‘Zinc’ in your body causes nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Likewise, excessive ‘Selenium’ causes mild nerve damage, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorder and in some cases hair loss.

Is it necessary to take vitamin supplements?

Ideally one can get all the necessary nutrients from a completely healthy diet, however, given the complexity of the modern world, it has become necessary to supplement the missing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

How to avoid it?

Generally, it is difficult to overdose on vitamins and minerals from a diet alone, which is why we need to consider the use of health supplements and fortified sports drinks.


How can overdosing on vitamins be harmful?


Let’s take a look at the water-soluble Vitamins:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin)
  • Vitamin B9 (folate)
  • Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)














Let’s take a look at the fat-soluble Vitamins:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

Compared to water-soluble vitamins, the ‘fat-soluble’ vitamins are more toxic because if taken excessively it can accumulate in the body.



*exception can be Vitamin K, which still does not have any upper intake level


Disclaimer: This blog is not a medical journal and people dealing with any health issue should seek consultation from a certified physician only! Health supplements should only be consumed after consulting a physician.      





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