by: Johane Van Den Berg
From a young age, we are taught to take our vitamin supplements daily. They are supposed to make us stronger, healthier, and help us enjoy better immunity against illness. Nowadays, however, the buzz is asking whether your vitamins are doing what they’re supposed to – and whether it’s possible that they’re not quite as good for us as we always thought.
Dr. Dhesan Moodley is a functional and anti-aging specialist. He says that, while vitamins are beneficial for your health, special precautions need to be taken in certain circumstances. The following are instances where vitamins can become dangerous.
1. Excess Fat-Soluble Vitamins (Such As Vitamins A, D, E, And K) Cannot Be Easily Excreted From Your Body.
As a result, they can be harmful if they accumulate in your body. For example, excess amounts of vitamin can result in the breakdown and red blood cells, as well as liver damage. Therefore, if you are taking blood-thinning drugs or anticoagulants, it is important to moderate your intake of foods containing Vitamin K. This is because Vitamin K can alter blood clotting times.
As for Vitamin D – high levels of this vitamin in the blood can accumulate in the liver and cause signs of poisoning. Babies and small children, especially, should not have a too-high intake of these vitamins, because of their size.
“You should [therefore] not take too many of these [fat-soluble] vitamins,” says Dr. Moodley. “In comparison, excess water-soluble vitamins (such as Vitamins C and B complexes) are easily excreted in your urine and sweat. As such, high doses of water-soluble vitamins are not harmful unless your kidneys are compromised.”
What Is The Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL) For Fat-Soluble Vitamins?
In adults, Vitamin A is set at 3000 mcg/d, Vitamin D is set at 100, Vitamin E at 1000 mg a-TE. Vitamin K is not disclosed. Click on the link to find out more about how much of each vitamin is appropriate for different age and gender groups.
2. Excess Amounts Of Certain Minerals Can Also Accumulate In Your Body.
When this happens, unwanted effects can also follow. As we age, high doses of calcium build up in the blood vessels, causing hardening and blockages of the vessels. This is called atherosclerosis, and it is considered to be one of the main causes of heart disease. When it happens, issues such as blood flow obstruction can follow.
Who Needs To Take Multivitamins?
As most of our foods are commercially farmed, they may be low in many essential nutrients. Hence all of us, including the young and healthy, should be on certain multivitamins and supplements. These supplements are especially important for the chronically ill and elderly as their food intake may be low. Also, coping with their illnesses may require more supplements…..