The lifestyle of
people of the past and the present makes a big subject for comparison, and if we are to list them all, we may just be surprised of how huge are the differences. There might be no point to compare it all because the times have passed and even the lifespan of today’s generation have gone shorter.
Nowadays. Almost everything from bottled water to your regular oatmeal are fortified with vitamins and minerals. They read nice in the label, a reason you are likely buying it. Covering the nutritional elements you are not getting from the food you eat usually sounds promising, and you get more of them thinking it will provide positive effects for your health.
On the other-hand have you ever thought of the consequences of getting overboard with these vitamins and minerals? Yes, if you might not aware, there is such a thing as overdose in vitamins and minerals. It is called hypervitaminosis that is synonymous to vitamin poisoning. The bad news is, can hurt you if you will not be watchful.
Balanced or Overdosed?
We are very familiar with the word balanced. There is balanced diet, because we need to have balanced nutritional intake for our body to function properly. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, more of a single vitamin and deficiency of another is never better, the same in having more than what you need for your daily requirements.
What Happens When You Get Too Much?
Listed are a few of common vitamins that people take as dietary supplement, or a product of single type of food included in daily meals.
Vitamin A. Vitamin A is good for eyesight, bone metabolism, cellular health, and immunity function. But going over? This is what happens.
- Coarse bone growths
- Hair loss
- Skin dryness and peeling
- Liver problems
- Discoloration of the skin.
Important: For Vitamin A, a healthy adult aging 19+ only need 3000 µg or 10,000 IU of daily value.
Vitamin D. The sunshine-vitamin also has adverse effect when you get too much of it. What are they?
- Decreased appetite
- Stress and fatigue
- Muscle weakness
Important: For Vitamin D, 250 µg (10,000 IU) per day is recommended for safe intake levels.
Omega-3. Many people get their dose of Omega-3 for its anti-inflammatory properties. People of old age especially those who are allowed to eat only on fish can have a risk for Omega-3 overdose. What happens when Omega-3 is too much?
- Increased risk of bleeding.
- Increase in blood cholesterol.
- Blood clotting.
In case of Omega-3, people who are taking blood thinners or aspirin are warned not to take it. On the other-hand for normal consumers and those suffering from joint-related diseases, it is hard to reach the upper limit. It is difficult to over dose on Omega-3 among other supplements.
Important: For healthy intake, women need 1,100 milligrams of Omega-3 daily while men need 1,600 milligrams. For children and lactating women, the required amount also vary
Other nutrients to watch out are Calcium, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B.
.What You Need to Do to Avoid Vitamin Overdose?
- Watch your plate. Balanced diet is all about getting what you only need, if you eat food rich in Vitamin A today, you might just need to skip taking the supplement.
- Check your dosage. Before taking vitamins, it would be helpful if you know how much you need according to your age and health condition. Ask your doctor if you have special health cases.
Our health is all what we get and we have to protect it as we can. Remember that being sensitive to the nutritional needs of your body pays positively.
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