11.17.2010

The Cost of Too Many Vitamins



It seems that every day I am reading about a new thing that vitamins are good for.  I see it on T.V., on the Internet, in magazines, books, and I even have other people tell me about the benefits of this vitamin or that.  You can see from the pile in the picture that I have tried taking some of them.  This isn't even all of them.


It is pretty ridiculous isn't it?  I know of several people who will take hands full of vitamins and even feed them to their children.  Many are touted to be water soluble so they are said that no harm will come if too many are taken because the body will supposedly flush them  away.  

I started wondering if this was all true so, I did a bit of research.  Here is what I discovered...
An overdose of vitamin E can cause thinning of blood and even a pulmonary embolism, hypertension, weakness, slow healing of wounds, etc.  An overdose of vitamin C for a sustained period of time can actually cause you to get scurvy when you stop taking the large amount.  It can also cause hot flashes (God knows I don't need any more of those), kidney stones, insomnia, headaches.  Overdoses of Calcium can cause  kidney stones, drowsiness, and calcium deposits.  Overdoses of vitamin D can actually cause deafness, among a myriad of other things including weak bones.  Overdoses of Vitamin B6 can cause tingling in hands and fingers, problems with memory, headaches, and more.  Do  you get my drift yet?  It is great to have all these new products that are enriched with vitamins.  It is great to have all the abundance of supplements that make it easier to get all your essential vitamins.  The thing I am wondering is how many of us are truly vitamin deficient?  I know if you take a gander at my size that it doesn't give the illusion that I am deficient in any.  Here is what I found at one site: "Vitamin B12 Deficiency is listed as a "rare disease" by the office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health.  You can read more about this here.  In another place a study determined that only 13% of the population of the U.S. was vitamin C deficient and that they were usually of a lower socioeconomic class and they were usually young children or elderly.  When was the last time you heard of someone having rickets?  I have only known of one case in my entire lifetime and that was a toddler that the mama was nursing and would not supplement the child with any other food.  What I am trying to say with all of this is please don't jump on every vitamin & mineral bandwagon.  Take the time to investigate and by all means please tell your doctor what supplements you are taking.  This is especially important if you are on other medicines and/or having surgery.  Some of those supplements could be very dangerous for you in certain circumstances.   Here are some links where you can read more about this:


Until Next Time
Debbie

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