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Vitamin C is a very popular supplement.
In fact, billions of dollars worth of Vitamin
C Supplements are being purchased each year
But many, including you, are not aware of
its dangers and side effects.
So in this Video, we are giving you the exact
reasons why you should think twice before
taking this very popular Vitamin Supplement.
Vitamin C (also called L-ascorbic acid or
ascorbate) is a nutrient that humans must
get from food or dietary supplements since
it cannot be made in the body.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps prevent
It also works with enzymes to play a key role
in making collagen.
When a person takes more than the recommended
limit of vitamin C, they may experience mild
These can occur if the vitamin C that the
body does not absorb irritates the gastrointestinal
Common mild side effects of too much vitamin
and general abdominal discomfort.
This video reviews the most common Dangers
of taking Vitamin C, so if you are planning
to take it regularly, make sure to watch this
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Having said that, here are the Top 10 Vitamin
C adverse effects you should not ignore.
Kidney stones are a possible consequence of
too much vitamin C supplementation.
Doctors believe that too much vitamin C supplementation
could result in a person excreting the compounds
oxalate and uric acid in their urine.
These compounds could lead to kidney stone
The authors of a case study in the journal
Kidney International reported that a woman
developed kidney stones after taking 4g or
more of vitamin C each day for 4 months.
However, researchers have not conducted any
larger-scale studies on vitamin C intake and
kidney stone formation.
They do know that people who have a history
of kidney stones are more likely to form them
if they take large amounts of vitamin C.
Another concern regarding excessive vitamin
C intake is that it can impair the body’s
ability to process other nutrients.
For example, vitamin C may reduce the levels
of vitamin B-12 and copper in the body.
The presence of vitamin C can also enhance
iron absorption in the body, which could lead
to excessively high levels of Iron.
IT CAN CAUSE BONE SPURS.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, one
study found that the presence of very high
vitamin C levels in the body increased the
likelihood of a person developing painful
However, the Foundation also cited a research
study that found that people with low levels
of vitamin C had a higher risk of developing
rheumatoid arthritis, a painful inflammatory
These findings emphasize the need for appropriate
vitamin C supplementation that provides neither
too much nor too little.
IMPAIR THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NIACIN-SIMVASTATIN.
Evidence suggests that taking vitamin C supplements
may impair the body’s ability to increase
high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
in people taking the combination drug niacin-simvastatin.
This drug combines the vitamin niacin with
the statin simvastatin (Zocor), and people
take it to treat high cholesterol.
Doctors consider HDL cholesterol the “good”
cholesterol because it reduces the amount
of harmful cholesterol in the blood.
If a person takes vitamin C supplements and
niacin-simvastatin, they should talk to their
doctor about ways to make each more effective.
Doctors do not know whether vitamin C also
affects the ability of other medicines similar
IT CAN WORSEN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.
Taking vitamin C along with vitamin E and
alpha-lipoic acid might worsen mental function
in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
VITAMIN C MAY CAUSE MISCARRIAGE.
Various anecdotal reports have linked vitamin
C use with miscarriage as well as self-induced
abortion (termination of pregnancy).
These reports, however, have not been substantiated
by medical research and attempts to use vitamin
C to intentionally terminate a pregnancy may
IT MAKES HEMOCHROTOSIS WORSE.
Hemochromatosis is a condition caused by excess
iron build-up in the body.
This condition is commonly inherited, and
most often affects the liver, heart, and pancreas.
Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron.
Although vitamin C overdose does not cause
hemochromatosis, it can worsen the condition.
MAY CAUSE IRON OVERLOAD.
Vitamin C is known to enhance iron absorption.
It can bind with non-heme iron, which is found
in plant foods.
Non-heme iron is not absorbed by your body
as efficiently as heme iron, the type of iron
found in animal products.
Vitamin C binds with non-heme iron, making
it much easier for your body to absorb.
This is an important function, especially
for individuals who get most of their iron
from plant-based foods.
One study in adults found that iron absorption
increased by 67% when they took 100 mg of
vitamin C with a meal.
However, individuals with conditions that
increase the risk of iron accumulation in
the body, such as hemochromatosis, should
be cautious with vitamin C supplements.
Under these circumstances, taking vitamin
C in excess may lead to iron overload, which
can cause serious damage to your heart, liver,
pancreas, thyroid and central nervous system.
IT CAN CAUSE ACNE IN HEALTHY SKIN.
Antioxidants in skincare are bad when they
are in concentrated form and disrupt the body’s
natural ability to fight off bacteria.
When are antioxidants in concentrated form?
In vitamin C serums.
So now it seems, from an oxidation standpoint,
vitamin C serums damage the skin in two ways:
– Their oxygenating effect creates ROS in
the skin which breaks the skin down, creating
inflammation, and leading increased susceptibility
to pathogenic infection
– Their antioxidant effect destroys the healthy
ROS created by the body to prevent bacterial
The two together create a storm that disrupts
the body’s ability to maintain a healthy
balance which is why vitamin C serums have
destroyed so many people’s skin.
So if you used a vitamin C serum and it gave
you acne, redness or any other skin issue,
it is because the serum took away your body’s
ability to fight off bacteria, and weakened
it, inviting pathogens to infect your skin.
MAY CAUSE DIGESTIVE SYMPTOMS.
The most common side effect of high vitamin
C intake is digestive distress.
In general, these side effects do not occur
from eating foods that contain vitamin C,
but rather from taking the vitamin in supplement
You’re most likely to experience digestive
symptoms if you consume more than 2,000 mg
Thus, a tolerable upper limit (TUL) of 2,000
mg per day has been established.
The most common digestive symptoms of excessive
vitamin C intake are diarrhea and nausea.
Excessive intake has also been reported to
lead to acid reflux, although this is not
supported by evidence.
If you’re experiencing digestive problems
as a result of taking too much vitamin C,
simply cut back your supplement dose, or avoid
vitamin C supplements altogether.
Ingesting more than 2,000 mg of vitamin C
per day may lead to gastrointestinal upset,
including symptoms like diarrhea and nausea.
People should get most of their nutrients
including Vitamin C from food, advises the
federal government’s Dietary Guidelines
Foods contain vitamins, minerals, dietary
fiber and other substances that benefit health.
In some cases, fortified foods and dietary
supplements may provide nutrients that otherwise
may be consumed in less-than-recommended amounts.
Tell your doctor, pharmacist, and other healthcare
providers about any dietary supplements and
medicines you take before taking Vitamin C.
They can tell you if Vitamin C might interact
or interfere with your prescription.
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