What Are the Possible Effects of Vitamin Supplement Toxicity?
by Jared Wright
centers in the US, there were 58,622 reports of overdosing on various vitamin
supplements in 2007, resulting in 17 adverse outcomes and one death. Out of all
reported cases 45,498 of them involved in children less than than 6 years old.
Persons aged 6-19 of age accounted for 7,693 reported exposures.

Symptoms of vitamin supplement toxicity:

Vitamin A:

Vitamin A can be obtained from vegetables, liver, egg yolks, fish oil, and margarine.
The most common reported symptoms of vitamin A overdose include:

Headache, vision difficulties, anorexia, nausea/vomiting, abdominal discomfort,
sluggishness, seizures

Vitamin D:

Vitamin D can be found in fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil. You only need ten
minutes of sunshine to get the recommended daily requirement. Therefore, caution
should be exercised when taking vitamin D dietary supplements. Symptoms of
overdose can manifest as:

- Increased serum calcium levels.

- Weakness in the muscles.

- Loss of interest.

- Headache.

- Anorexia.

- Easily irritated nausea/vomiting.

- Bone pain

- Constipation.

- Increased thirst and urination hypertension.

- Heart palpitations.

Vitamin E:

Although this vitamin has it's benefits, there is risk for toxicity when more than what
is recommended has been ingested. Signs of higher than normal levels include:

Nausea, gastric problems, abdominal cramping, frequent loose stool, headache,
lethargy, easy skin bruising, prolonged bleeding.

Vitamin K:

This vitamin plays an important role in blood clotting. Babies who are given formula
can often suffer from problems as can those being given injections for a vitamin K
deficiency.

Infants may also present with jaundice, hemolytic anemia, and increased bilirubin
levels. Due to this risk, treatment using vitamin k-3 has been discontinued.

While in general your health can be improved with supplements, it is a good idea to
seek medical advice first. A good healthy diet will go a long way to eliminating the
need for these supplements and a blood test can confirm what is missing from your
diet.

Any signs that you are suffering from an overdose should be immediately followed up
with a visit to your doctor to avoid serious complications.


About The Author

Jared Wright runs the marketing for Clivir.com, a community site offering free
learning resources. Visit the links below to learn more about other health related
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Less than half of the people in the
United States take daily vitamin
supplements. Surprisingly, more than
half think vitamins are safe to take,
which can account for a higher risk
for vitamin supplement toxicity.

Supplemental nutrients that contain
iron are the most toxic, particularly
where children are concerned, and
where fat soluble vitamins are
involved.

Fat soluble vitamins can stockpile in
the body and become toxic.
According to the poison control
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