When we think about vitamins, the first thing that comes to mind is typically deficiency. We’re constantly cautioned about the risks and symptoms of not eating enough of the nutrients we need to flourish and prevent being ill. What happens if you take too many vitamins, on the other hand?
It’s a situation we don’t often think about, yet it’s a very real one. If you’re taking a daily multivitamin, as well as high-strength boosters of some supplements – such as a vitamin D spray – and eating a healthy balanced diet rich in fortified foods, you may be unknowingly overdoing it on the vitamin front.
Unfortunately, consuming too many vitamins and minerals may be just as harmful as drinking too little. You may not even realize you’re in danger since the consequences are so mild. We contacted Dr. Deborah Lee of Dr Fox Online Pharmacy to discuss the health consequences of vitamin overdose:
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What happens if you consume an excessive amount of vitamins?
Despite popular belief, it is almost impossible to drink too much vitamins from unfortified foods alone. For example, since bananas are rich in potassium, it’s been suggested that consuming a bunch of them is terrible for your health.
To achieve the recommended daily goal 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 get ill from a dietary excess of the mineral.
‘In general, people think 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 illness, and in certain circumstances may be detrimental,’ she adds, citing a scientific assessment of quality randomised controlled studies around the use of vitamins.