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Can There Be Too Much Of A Good Thing?

I read a story yesterday about an elderly gentleman from England that died and the cause of death was listed as him “overdosing on Vitamin D”.  This is the first time I have ever heard of someone succumbing to a Vitamin D overdose.  Clearly, he must have been taking WAY too much Vitamin D, most likely multiple the amounts recommended for adequate supplementation.

Reading the story inspired today’s entry because I know there are lots of people out there that have multiple bottles of vitamins and supplements on their shelves and they are consuming hands full of pills every day.  You can easily find on Google a myriad of articles (many are sponsored by the people selling these things) extolling the virtues of vitamins and supplements.

Mega-dosing vitamins and/or supplements is NOT a good idea in the quest of long-term health and “longevity”.  Here are some examples of what can transpire if we mega-dose some common vitamins:

  • Vitamin C: Kidney stones, nausea, diarrhea
  • Vitamin A: Dizziness, nausea, liver and kidney malfunction
  • Vitamin E: Bleeding, muscle weakness, fatigue
  • Vitamin B-12: Headaches, dizziness, fatigue, tingling of hands/feet

You can pretty much find toxicity potential for any vitamin or supplement that is being sold to us as a “healthy” add-on to our daily nutrition.  It is important to know what the U.S. Daily recommended dosages of these vitamins and not to exceed by too much these recommendations.  Concerning supplements, there is not as much data as to “U.S. Daily Requirements” so one needs to be careful as to how much of these are being consumed.

There is one thing that there cannot be too much of…LOVE.  Enjoy a very old song from a one-hit wonder group called Mercy.

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