Dangerous side effects of taking vitamin C in bulk

Dangerous side effects of taking vitamin C in bulk

Many of us are looking for ways to boost our immune system and protect ourselves from COVID-19, so we are increasingly turning to supplements.

But if not used properly, those supplements can go problems. Vitamin C is one of the most well-known immune boosters, but even this vital substance can be misused and cause negative side effects on your health. Large overdose of vitamin C usually occurs from taking it in supplement form, so experts recommend that you get most of your vitamin C through food, where the chances of getting too much are virtually zero.

Vitamin C has been praised as a beneficial supplement in the battle against coronavirus. Clinical studies have shown that it can help in the recovery of patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms. But what are some of the side effects that excessive vitamin C consumption can provide?

1 Can create kidney stones

Dangerous side effects of taking vitamin C in bulk

According to Dr. David Hernandez, a urologist and professor at the University of South Florida, is better off getting vitamin C from your diet. Taking the supplement in bulk can lead to kidney stones over time, he warns. "There are some studies that suggest vitamin C supplementation in doses of more than one gram per day, one thousand milligrams per day, may increase your risk for stones due to the effect of oxalate levels in your urine," says Hernandez.

To avoid this, eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and meats, which should provide you with enough vitamin C naturally.

2 You may suffer from digestive problems

Dangerous side effects of taking vitamin C in bulk

Another possible symptom you will experience if you consume too much vitamin C is digestive disorder. While you will not get this vitamin from eating too many foods rich in it, overdose of the supplement is likely to cause diarrhea, nausea and sometimes acid reflux. To avoid an irritated stomach, you should not take more than 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C supplements at a time as it has been identified as the maximum tolerable limit per day.

3 You can damage your main organs

Dangerous side effects of taking vitamin C in bulk

Vitamin C is known to increase iron absorption, but taking too much of it can lead to iron overload. On the other hand, it can cause serious damage to your heart, liver, thyroid, pancreas and central nervous system, according to Healthline. Iron overload is more likely to occur in individuals who have certain medical conditions, such as hemochromatosis, which is an inherited condition that increases iron absorption.

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