Vitamin Toxicity

Vitamins

A very popular thing these days is to use vitamin supplements for EVERYTHING. Weight trainers megadose and your everyday average person takes them to cure or prevent all sorts of illnesses. We’ve been told for years that our children should take a multi-vitamin every day. This, unfortunately, can be very harmful. I’m going to break down each vitamin and the harmful effects of overdosing on them.

Vitamin A

Nausea
Loss of appetite
Headache
Peeling skin
Hair loss
Tiredness
Menstrual irregularity
Enlarged liver
Enlarged spleen
Orange skin
Blurred vision
Growth retardation
Hair loss

During pregnancy, excessive Vitamin A can increase the risk of birth defects.

Vitamin B1
Weakness
Sweating
Nausea
Restlessness
Difficulty Breathing
Tightness of the throat
Bluish colored skin
Death

Vitamin B2

Difficulty breathing
Closing of your throat
Swelling of your lips, tongue or face
Hives

Vitamin B3

Flushing
Tingling skin
Parasthesias
Gout
Diabetes-like symptoms
Hyperglycemia
Diabetes

Vitamin B5

Rash
Hives
Difficulty Breathing
Tightness in the chest
Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue

Vitamin B6
Spacial recognition problems
Reduced tendon reflexes
Numbness in extremities
Problems walking
Memory loss
Depression
Headaches
Tiredness

Vitamin B7

Slower release of insulin
Skin rash
Lower vitamin C and B6 levels
High blood sugar

Vitamin B9

Can mask B12 deficiency
During pregnancy can cause Epigenetic changes in the brain of the child

Vitamin B12

Connected to various forms of cancer
Blood clots in the legs
Diarrhea
Feelings of swelling over the entire body
Hives or a rash
Itching
Swelling of the lips, mouth, or throat
Wheezing or other difficulty breathing

Vitamin C

Severe back pain
Jaundice
Itchy skin
Tender mass in left upper abdomen
Fever
Abdominal Pain
Dizziness
Vomiting
Nausea
Headache
Facial flushing
Dental cavities
Decreased urine output

Vitamin D

Buildup of calcium in your blood
Poor appetite
Nausea
Vomiting
Weakness
Frequent urination
Kidney problems

Vitamin E

Digestive discomfort
Bloating
Nausea
Diarrhea
Can act as a natural blood thinner
Increased chance of stroke

Vitamin K

Skin rash
Diarrhea
Nausea
Vomiting
Anemia
Liver damage
Brain damage in infants

Now, all this considered, we do need vitamins. However, we need the right amount of vitamins. Don’t take the word of your personal trainer or local supplement shop clerk about what you need. Have your doctor check your levels and advise you accordingly. It’s the safest way to go.

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

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