The Hazards of Taking Excessive Vitamins Unveiled by Endocrinologist
Dr. Oksana Mikhaliva, an endocrinologist and Russian nutritionist, said that excessive vitamin intake can lead to kidney stones and other diseases.
In an interview with the Izvestia newspaper, the expert points out that vitamins should be taken correctly and not increase the indicated dose. Because it can lead to serious health problems.
According to her, the excessive use of vitamins can be dangerous in two cases: the toxic effect of an overdose and the direct effect of an abundance of vitamins in the body.
She says: “There are widespread cases of hepatitis that can be very serious, even fatal. Therefore, large doses of vitamins should be taken with great care.
The second case is associated with the direct action of vitamins on the body when they are taken in excess. For example, fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K. Noting that D and K are the most dangerous in this regard.
She says: “Because vitamin D retains calcium in the body, taking it in large doses over a long period can lead to calcification of organs and soft tissues. This can lead to the formation of kidney stones. In addition, calcium can accumulate in the walls of blood vessels, making they are dense and brittle at the same time, and the condition can develop when it is damaged and the development of cardiovascular diseases.
And the doctor points out that recently the habit of taking vitamin K, especially vitamin K2, has spread, which has a certain positive effect on the body. But you need to know that this vitamin increases blood clotting, which is of great danger, especially for the elderly, as it increases the risk of blood clots and blockage of blood vessels and their consequences.
She says: “There are some restrictions and prohibitions on taking vitamin K2. For example, people who are taking anti-clotting drugs should not take this vitamin. It is also prohibited for those who have a tendency to myocardial infarction or stroke. , and even those who already had it.
As for vitamin A, taking it for a long period and in large doses can have a supportive effect, rather than an antioxidant one, which leads to the development of many diseases, including cancer.
And she says: “Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body, except for vitamin B12, but they can have a negative effect if consumed in excess. For example, vitamin C is excreted from the body through the kidneys, but calcium remains in them, which leads to the formation of stones in them.
Other water-soluble vitamins, she says, are rarely harmful when taken in high doses. However, it does not make sense to take it in large doses, since in all cases it is excreted from the body with urine.
Source: Izvestia newspaper.
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