Multivitamins are a strong ally to your overall health since they can shield you against disease, illness, and stress creeping up inside your body.
However, consuming more than the daily recommended amount of vitamins can actually send your health on a slippery slope.
Are Your Multivitamins Poisoning You or Skyrocketing Your Health?
What I usually tell my patients is that they need a daily dose of nutrients to stay in good health, especially after the age of 50 – when your body stops working at full speed.
Multivitamins are essential to your overall well-being since they can swing your body and your immune system into high gear.
However, when it comes down to the hard facts – you need to know one thing: not all multivitamin supplements available on the market are particularly good for you.
In fact, they can do you more harm than good. And in some cases ,they can even prove lethal.
Let me explain why.
Types of Vitamins
There are 2 types of vitamins based on their solubility:
Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water and the excess gets flushed out of your body through urine. Here is the list of water-soluble vitamins:
- B1 (Thiamine)
- B2 (Riboflavin)
- B3 (Niacin)
- B5 (Pantothenic acid)
- B6 (Pyridoxine)
- B9 (Folic acid)
- B12 (Cobalamin)
- H (Biotin)
- C (Ascorbic acid)
Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed by your body and are stored in your fatty tissues and liver. Examples include vitamin…
- A (Retinoids)
- D (Calciferol)
- E (Tocopherol)
So basically, if your intake of water-soluble vitamins exceeds the daily amount, you don’t have to worry.
The next trip to the bathroom will fix the problem.
However, when it comes to fat-soluble vitamins, exceeding the daily recommended amount can be a problem.
As a matter of fact, they can be highly toxic! (1)
When you exceed the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) of a fat-soluble vitamin you are at risk.
Here is what you can suffer from if you reach toxic levels of vitamin:
- A – headaches, fatigue
- D – nausea, headaches, weight loss, heart or kidney damage, reduced appetite, high blood pressure
- E – increased risk of developing cancer
What is the Safe Dosage?
Here is the RDA for fat-soluble vitamins:
- Vitamin A – women: 700 mcg; men: 900 mcg.
- Vitamin D – 1-70 years of age: 15 mcg; above age 70: 20 mcg.
- Vitamin E – 14 years old and above: 15 mg.
- Vitamin K – women: 90 mcg; adult men: 120 mcg.
Although too much of these vitamins can put you at risk, a deficiency is far more harmful.
But usually, most people get enough of these vitamins from their diet and as long as you incorporate the list of foods below, you don’t have to worry about it:
- fish oil
- fatty fish
- egg yolks
- wheat germ oil
- sunflower seeds or oil
- mushrooms exposed to ultraviolet light
- fortified dairy products
I am telling you this because there are a lot of multivitamin products out there, promising to make you healthy as an ox, when in reality they do nothing for you or even worsen your condition.
I have been researching for a really long time and by trial and error ,I discovered the ideal mix of multivitamins. If you’re interested in finding out more, please click here.
So what multivitamins are you currently using?
And how do they make you feel?
I’m looking forward to your replies.
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To your health!