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.
Loss of appetite
During pregnancy, excessive Vitamin A can increase the risk of birth defects.
Tightness of the throat
Bluish colored skin
Closing of your throat
Swelling of your lips, tongue or face
Tightness in the chest
Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
Spacial recognition problems
Reduced tendon reflexes
Numbness in extremities
Slower release of insulin
Lower vitamin C and B6 levels
High blood sugar
Can mask B12 deficiency
During pregnancy can cause Epigenetic changes in the brain of the child
Connected to various forms of cancer
Blood clots in the legs
Feelings of swelling over the entire body
Hives or a rash
Swelling of the lips, mouth, or throat
Wheezing or other difficulty breathing
Severe back pain
Tender mass in left upper abdomen
Decreased urine output
Buildup of calcium in your blood
Can act as a natural blood thinner
Increased chance of stroke
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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