To consume or not to consume ... Multi-vitamins

Singapore
February 1, 2011 2:47am CST
Recently I chanced upon an article that state the side-effects of Multi-vitamins and it really surprised me that one of the side-effect is one can lose a night's sleep due to over-consumption of multi-vitamins. Although I don't think I have been over-consuming these multi-vitamins, it somehow explains away the reason why I have been missing on the occasional good night's sleep. And I have often been wondering why. I understand also excessive Vitamin C can cause kidney stones etc. and in really serious cases, renal failure. Multi-vitamins in this instance is not providing quality of life and/or prolonging life so one must be mindful multi-vitamins serve just as a supplement and the body does need to take a break from them every now and then. My conclusion is that I shall take a break from these vitamins for a couple of days and rely on fresh food/fruits. Do you know of any other side-effects to share with us?
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@lady1993 (19954)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
Wow.. I never new multivitamins have side-effects. Anything that is taken too much of can cause harm anyway.. I take multivitamins too- just one tablet and no more. How many multivitamins do you take anyway?
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
With Vitamin C in the form of Ascorbic Acid, you should not take more than 1 tablet a day of (500 milligram table). In some with cases of lowered resistance, two tablets of Ascorbic Acid are given to flu patients, but not too often. And it should not be coupled with milk, because the Calcium in milk might bind with Oxalic Acid (from Ascorbic Acid) and might form "Kidney stones".
• Singapore
7 Feb 11
I am mindfully taking multi-vitamin breaks during some parts of the week now in view of these articles. I have often thought that excess vitamins will be flushed out. I note that quite a number of vitamins for the eyes contain zinc (small amount though it may be) which I really think one has to be mindful of coz over a long period of time it may not be very good for the body.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
2 Feb 11
i personally don't think multi-vitamins are necessary if one has enough food to eat.
• Singapore
7 Feb 11
hi elmiko, you are right, definitely not necessary if one has taken enough nutrients from the various natural sources. Multi-vites are just supplements.
• United States
1 Feb 11
I had suspected some of the things you shared. I don't take vitamins because I figure it this way; if I eat well balanced and a very healthy diet of natural foods, why would I need to supplement that with synthetically produced vitamins?
• Singapore
7 Feb 11
Hi macdingolinger, thank you for sharing. Yup, if one has a balanced diet and not deficient in any of the input or vitamins, one is ok. Unfortunately, even the best amongst us are not taking enough of some of the necessary input which range from not eating enough fish or consuming enough milk. For the rest of us, it could be feeding enough 'good' nutrients for better eye health etc. Certainly if good natural food suffice, there is no need for these multi-vites.
@offlimits (601)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
I don't know that much but I believe too much medicine is indeed harmful for our body. It helps to prevent certain diseases but when time comes that we take in too much of it we may become immune to it and not fight bad bacteria anymore. What I do sometimes is take one every other day. At least you can give a body a rest. And a lot of fruits is best too.
• Singapore
7 Feb 11
hi offlimits, yup definitely need to give our body a break every now and then. Fresh fruits are always good ...
@Jacobus1919 (1683)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
Multi-vitamins are good for your! Why stop taking them? Actually, also it is best to consume non synthetic multi-vitamins though.
• Singapore
7 Feb 11
umm.. it is too much multi-vitamins that we are consumed here. Need to read up on the non synthetic ones that you mentioned. Thanks for sharing.
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
I can attest to the fact the excessive Vitamin c can cause kidney stone. For years,I used to take ascorbic acid as my daily dose of vitamins c and i consumed not more than 8 glasses a day, the least is 5. Three years ago i was hospitalized for excessive stomach acid. I had stomach pain and diarrhea in short i suffered electrolytes imbalance which caused my left arm to feel like needles pricking traveling up to my head.There was also pain in my right lower back.They did ultrasound on my stomach and lower back. They found several stones in my kidney, small ones. My doctor advised me to drink 2 to 3 liters of water a day to let the stones pass in my urine and neutralize my acidity.I stopped my ascorbic acid intake.I am not sure if the stones are gone coz i have not been feeling pain in my back so quite some time.I still try to consume liters and liters of water though
• Singapore
7 Feb 11
Thanks lexirose for sharing. Certainly some downside on taking too much of a supposedly 'good' thing.
@SIMPLYD (82835)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
I think my multivitamins are doing well for me. I always feel fine and so far i am sleeping soundly at night, so much so that my husband is telling me i snore. But because i have to take at least 4 tablets of different vitamins, i would down it with a big glass of water. That way, i am assured their residue will not accumulate in my system but will just be excreted when i pee.
• Singapore
1 Feb 11
Guess it works for you Simplyd but I think it will be mindful to check out the supplements such as zinc or iron which any overdosage or long-term use may cause some issues.....
• United States
1 Feb 11
If you take a multivitamin and are already taking an iron supplement or calcium supplement, you can actually be giving your body too much of that vitamin. This is why there are so many multivitamins on the market. Some multivitamins leave out certain vitamins in their mixture for people who already are taking a supplement. It is always best to consume foods with vitamins in them to get the best nutrition. Sometimes this is not possible for some individuals and that is when it is good to have multivitamins.
• Singapore
1 Feb 11
i think another supplement to look out for is zinc which can cause much harm over a long period of time.
@magtibaygom (4864)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
Some research are overly exaggerated. You should not believe all of them. Just sift through the information to see if someone is saying the truth or just exaggerating just to get public attention. But you are right, there are some Vitamins that cause toxicity when taken in large dosage. As far as I know, there are only two vitamins that have no harmful toxicity level: Vitamin A in the form of Beta Carotene, and Vitamin E. But take caution with vitamin A, the one that is extracted from animal source which is Retinol Acetate has toxicity potential. So, better take the one that is from plant source, Beta Catorene, it's safer than Retinol (both are Vitamin A).
• Singapore
1 Feb 11
thanks .. I have been taking Beta Carotene. Definitely will check out the Retinol part. Happy mylotting.
@betlynfrnds (1628)
• United States
2 Feb 11
Hi there, The problem with most vitamins on the market today is that they're very unbalanced. Too much of one vitamin and not enough of another in a multi-vitamin together with anything artificial or synthetic will eventually cause health issues. I am a distributor for, what I believe, is the absolute best vitamin suppliment. I've been taking them for years and my health, which is already good, is better. Others who are also on the suppliments have had drastic improvements to their overall health. If a vitamin is in correct proportions to what the body needs, it will certainly benefit. There will be no need to skip days to give the body a break. As far as losing sleep; my vitamins consist of an a.m. pack and a p.m. pack. The p.m. pack has more minerals which actually promote good sleep. Find out what's really in your vitamin and compare that to what your system needs to make an informed choice as to what you need.
@trader22 (233)
• Jamaica
2 Feb 11
Too much of one thing is never good for you. Never eat a polar bear liver because it has enough vitamin A to kill you. You can't reap the real benefits by relying on vitamin pills alone. Consuming healthier food will also help. We all suppose to know the benefits of these tablets. They also provide us with an appetite. I haven't heard about those disadvantage you have stated but i won't believe everything i hear. Sometimes these things are over exacerbated. The best thing is to call you doctor and ask.
@bussyien (137)
• Indonesia
2 Feb 11
I think consume the multivitamins is not really good, because there are many negative effects if over consumption. Consuming vitamins from natural resources (such as fruits or vegetables) is better than consuming multivitamins. In other side, we don't know the multivitamins really work. You know, its artificial and may be their just make us pay more to buy them but never work to our body. Over consuming of vitamin B6 can cause nerve damage. Beside that, over consuming of vitamin D can cause hypercalsimia.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
1 Feb 11
I think that all the vitamines we need can be found in fruits and vegetables as well as in meat and Vitamine D is even produced when you take a sun bath. Artificially concentrated vitamines (pills) may help if you don't eat enough of those things (e.g. if you eat nothing but sweets). Some so-called meta study though suggested that too much vitamines ingested via pills may cause more harm than previously thought.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
1 Feb 11
I guess it is possible to overdo taking vitamins. I think vitamins give us the added boost we may not be getting from the foods we eat. Still, too much of a good thing can be bad for your health.