Vitamins – Too Much of a Good Thing

Vitamins – Too Much of a Good ThingIf vitamins can help you have more energy, fight off signs of aging, improve your mood, and enhance your overall health, then it only stands to reason that more vitamins would amplify these benefits even further... right? Oh, so wrong, friend.

Vitamin toxicity, which happens when certain vitamins or minerals are taken in greater-than-normal amounts, can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms ranging from headaches and nausea to loss of muscle control, nerve damage, and cardiac symptoms. Most commonly, this happens with fat-soluble vitamins like A, E, D, and K, but can also occur with Vitamin C and certain B vitamins. Anti-aging enthusiasts may recognize A, E, and C as key antioxidants, but when overused, the very properties which makes these vitamins so appealing (cell preservation and defense) backfires and actually accelerates aging by stressing cells to process the excess compounds in the body.

The trick is remembering that besides your daily vitamin supplement, the foods you eat also contain vitamins and minerals. Particularly in today’s nutritional environment where foods are fortified with added vitamins, it’s important to keep an eye on what you’re putting into your body. If you eat fortified cereal, nutrition bars and orange juice with calcium then all of those products can add up during the course of the day. Couple that with a daily supplement you can start to get a lot more than your body can process or really needs. Hence the reason why your pee looks like Gatorade after you take certain vitamins. That's because your body is literally pissing away the extra vitamins it doesn't need. So when you are choosing your vitamins or supplements try to stick to the ones that only have 100% daily values. If the supplement manufacturer tries to sell you on the fact that they are providing you with 1000% vitamin C then really ;you are not getting any additional benefit and are essentially wasting your money on