Vitamin Safety Tips: Dangers of Excess Vitamin C

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Vitamin Safety Tips: Dangers of Excess Vitamin C
Eating vitamin C above the recommended dose can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Body will only use the amount of vitamin C needed.

Excess vitamin C it will inhibit the body's metabolism.

Nutritional adequacy (dose) is recommended for vitamin C in adults is 75 mg per day for women and 90 mg per day for men.

Looking for adult smokers, the daily dose will be greater that 110 mg for women and 125 mg for men.

Higher doses may be needed when under stress, fever, or infection.

Someone will have an overdose of vitamin C when taking 200-500 mg per day in the long term.

Overdose of vitamin C can cause diarrhea, abdominal gas, or abdominal pain. Other side effects include abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and an increased risk of developing kidney stones.

In large amounts, vitamin C can reduce copper levels in the body.

People with iron overload diseases must avoid excess vitamin C because this vitamin increases the absorption of iron.

Individuals who have kidney stones should also be wary of an overdose of vitamin C.

Hemochromatosis patients is not recommended taking vitamin C supplements as it increases iron accumulation that may aggravate the disease.