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Can We Really Overdose on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements?

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Have you ever wondered if you are taking too many supplements?

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Less is more. The more you take, the more you may notice them becoming less effective. Sometimes, the effects of two separate pills may cancel each other out. And in case you didn't know, it is possible to overdose on vitamins and minerals.

Water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin B and C can be excreted out of the body easily via urination so you may think that it is not a big deal. However, do note that there may be serious consequences when you overdose on certain nutrients as they create imbalances in the body.

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For example, calcium is an essential mineral that helps to keep our bones strong and healthy, but excessive potassium intake can cause heart problems as the mineral helps to regulate our heartbeat. Another example would be Vitamin A. Although Vitamin A can be found in hair loss treatments to stimulate hair growth, too much of it can lead to hair loss, bone loss and even liver failure. Some supplements may also interact with medications. This is why labels always suggest that we consult the doctor first.

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Remember, sometimes, LESS IS MORE. It is always better to get vitamins and minerals from food than the supplements itself.