Jul 24, 2007

Over Dose of Vitamin is Harmful

Vitamins and Minerals are essential for proper growth and development of our body cells. So, it is a good idea for everyone to take a vitamin and mineral supplement. Already this is becoming a trend of modern life. The reason, we are taking more and more unhealthy junk foods!

But it is still recommended that we consume most of our vitamins and minerals through “real food”. No one should believe that we can make up for a lousy diet by popping a few pills in our mouths. If taking a balanced diet is sometimes not possible or if you are pregnant, it is a good idea to take extra vitamins.

Excess of everything is bad! If you take more than recommended doses of vitamins or mineral suppliments, chances are there that you will develop reverse action from these.

Researchers are now studying if taking supplements above the recommended levels is actually harmful. Some vitamins are harmful if taken above their levels, others are not. If you take Vitamin E at more than 1000 mg then you increase possible bleeding.

Vitamin C was regarded as a safe vitamin to take megadoses of and many people take a lot thinking it could cure a cold and prevent cancer. Now research shows that too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea. Studies are also hinting that if you are megadosing on anti-oxidants (vitamins and minerals in a cancer fighting combination) while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, you could actually be feeding the cancer cells, making them resistant to chemotherapy.

So, don't go with somebody else and take lots of vitamins! Instead, consult your doctor about the requirement by your body and then only take the prescribed doses. Balanced vitamin and mineral intake will help you to lead a better life.


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