Great question! Are  you taking too much of Calcium, A or D? Are there side effects from taking too much of one vitamin and not enough of another one? This article covers all this and more.- MDA

By Wellness Team 

Overdoing supplements can hurt you

Vitamin and mineral supplements are a good thing. But too much of a good thing can negate any health benefits and even pose health risks.

With calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D, “more is not necessarily better,” cautions Melissa Young, MD, of the Center for Integrative Medicine.

1. Calcium

Why it matters: Calcium plays a critical role in building and maintaining healthy bones. For decades, experts have recommended high-dose calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis. The bone-thinning disease is responsible for fractures that cause many elderly men and women to lose their independence and sometimes their lives.

How too much can hurt: “More studies are showing increased risks for heart attack and stroke among men and women taking calcium 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams (mg) per day as directed,” says Dr. Young. 

Researchers believe that without adequate vitamin D to help absorb it, the extra calcium settles in the arteries instead of the bones. There, it helps form plaques that threaten the heart and brain. Excess calcium can also cause muscle pain, mood disorders, abdominal pain and kidney stones.

What to do about it: “We recommend trying to get your calcium from food,” says Dr. Young. “The body absorbs and utilizes calcium better from food than from supplements.”

Probably the best source of dietary calcium is fat-free organic Greek yogurt. It gives you 450 mm of calcium per serving, plus vitamin D and protein, and two servings fulfill your calcium needs for a full day. Other sources of calcium include:

  • Leafy green veggies like spinach and kale
  • Legumes and beans
  • Sardines
  • Fortified foods, like soy and almond milk, orange juice, and
  • Salmon with soft bones
  • Sesame seed

2. Vitamin D

Why it matters: Vitamin D works in tandem with calcium to fortify your bones. Research shows it improves asthma and depression. Vitamin D also strengthens the immune system and boosts immunity.

Your skin manufactures the vitamin after exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. “Yet we are an indoor society unlike our ancestors, we wear clothing (and sunscreen) when we go outdoors,” says Dr. Young….

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source: Cleveland Clinic and Health Hub

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