The Misconceptions of Vitamins

There are many people out there who think taking vitamins is unnecessary or even dangerous. Taking vitamins is only unnecessary if you are able to get the daily recommended intake through your meals (which is highly unlikely unless you are one to have 5 heads of broccoli for lunch) and could be dangerous only if you do not know enough about the vitamins you are taking. If you have the proper knowledge to understand which vitamins are right for you and how much of each to take, the results can be life saving.

One of the most important things to know about vitamins is the difference between water soluble and fat soluble vitamins. Water soluble vitamins include vitamins B and C, and fat soluble vitamins include vitamin A, D, E and K. Water soluble vitamins are less likely to accumulate in the body because the excess amount that is not absorbed generally comes out in the urine. Fat soluble vitamins are soluble in lipids and are stored in body tissues, so they are more likely to cause hypervitaminosis. On the other hand, if people do not have enough fat intake in their diet, they could also be deficient in these vitamins because they cannot be absorbed properly.

The accumulation of vitamins in the body can be very toxic, however, if you do not exceed the daily recommended intake of each one, you will be fine. Some symptoms of hypervitaminosis include blurry vision, diarrhea, nausea, and gastrointestinal pain. A lot of people also don’t realize that the vitamins they get from their protein powder, their multivitamin, the fruit smoothie they had as a snack between breakfast and lunch, and all the other things they ate that day can lead to hypervitaminosis as well. It is not just from taking too many pills. Another major issue to be aware of is that people with abnormal functioning kidneys and/or liver need to discuss their vitamin intake with their primary care physician because the clearance of their vitamins may not be as good as others.

This post may have been a little shorter than others, but it may be one of the most important. Learning about the proper intake of vitamins will get rid of any fears or hesitation you may have about taking them and lead to a healthier you. Thank you for reading. This has been your daily dose of Vitamin Jas (which you don’t ever have to worry about taking too much of).

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