Too Much of a Good Thing

We all know that it can be difficult to get the full spectrum of vitamins needed for our bodies from our modern-day diets.  This is why many of us take supplements, but it can be possible to take too many, as a result doing more harm than good.

Many believe that because vitamins and minerals are vital for our health that the more you take the better.  This is not the case.  The vitamins that you need to pay close attention to are Vitamin A, D, E, K, these vitamins are fat-soluble and it is harder for the body to get rid of any excess through urine – the most common way to eliminate waste products. However too much niacin can damage the liver, also pregnant women should be cautious when taking vitamin A as too much of it can cause birth defects.  

Most vitamins and minerals can be gained through a good balanced diet.  If a variety of fruit and veg is included in your diet along with good sources of protein, it is better for you than taking vitamin supplements.  The other benefit of getting your vitamins from food is that it is harder to overdose.  It may be necessary for some people to take supplements but this should only be if you know that you are not including enough fruit and vegetables in your diet.  It is also said that pregnant women or the elderly need supplements.

If you do take vitamins, ensure that you do not take them on an empty stomach as your body will not be able to absorb them.  Also always store vitamins in a cool and dark place.

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