Potential risks that can happen when you take too many supplements

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When we think about vitamins, we generally think of deficiency as our primary concern. We’re constantly cautioned about the risks and symptoms of not eating enough of the nutrients we need to flourish and stay healthy. But what if you overdose on vitamins?

It’s a scenario we rarely think about, yet it’s genuine. If you take a daily multivitamins, as well as high-strength boosters of some supplements – such as a vitamin D spray – and eat a nutritious, balanced diet rich in fortified foods, you may be overdoing on the vitamin front without realizing it.

Unfortunately however, taking too many vitamins and minerals can have the same adverse effects as taking too little. You might not even be aware you’re at risk since the consequences are so mild. Dr. Deborah Lee of Dr. Fox Online Pharmacy explained the dangers of vitamin overdosing:

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What happens if you consume an excessive amount of vitamins?
Contrary to popular belief, getting too many vitamins from unfortified foods is nearly impossible. For example, because bananas contain a lot of potassium, it’s been suggested that consuming a lot of them is terrible for your health.

To achieve the recommended daily dosage of 3,500mg, you’d have to consume more than seven bananas a day – and more than 42 bananas in a short period of time to feel sick from a dietary excess of the mineral.

‘In general, people feel that vitamins are safe and that, even if they don’t provide any benefit, they are unlikely to cause damage,’ adds Dr. Lee. ‘Taking large doses of vitamins A, E, D, C, and folic acid did not always help prevent disease, and in certain cases might be detrimental,’ she writes, citing a scientific assessment of high-quality randomized controlled studies on the topic.

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