By Putra Geni
The most famous supplement advertising is vitamin C. Many company offer vitamin c product with high quality and high dose between 500mg to 1000mg. Some believe with high dose of vitamin C supplementation will makes them healthier and avoid from diseases. Surely many people are little worried about this high dose on several vitamin c supplement products. And many people are asking to their self “Can you overdose on vitamin c?” This question is quite simple but many people are doubt about it.
The answer is yes, although excess of vitamin c are flush away through urination. It proven by some people have several symptoms after consuming very high dose up to 3000mg of vitamin c daily. Overdose on vitamin c are including:
- Nausea and Vomiting
Avoiding those symptoms, consuming vitamin c are must below limitation:
- Tolerable level up to 2000 milligrams per day
- Standard intake of vitamin c are 60 up to 95 mg per day
2000 mg of vitamin C sounds very high dosage. It equals to eating twenty oranges in one whole day. I am sure people will suffer eating those oranges. For some people may stand with 2000 mg of vitamin C, but don’t make this number are standard of tolerable intake. Because some people are can’t stand with this number, so it’s better to take the normal dose.
One of the functions of vitamin C are absorbing iron from stomach. When vitamin C is in high level, it will absorb more iron from foods that come into the stomach. Too much iron in blood will make kidney extra work. More over kidney become sick and failure. When this happens dialysis must run and cost a lot of money. Don’t underestimate overdosing on vitamin C, consult to your doctor and if you not sure, ask him about “can you overdose on vitamin c?” I believe he will answer yes.
Since vitamin c is water soluble vitamins, it must consume daily. But the idea for fighting illness such as cold and flu by taking very high dose is obsolete idea, since excess of vitamin c will waste the next day on the toilet.
There is a ways for reduce risk getting vitamin c overdose which is consuming fruits and vegetables that contain rich of vitamin c. The richest source of vitamin c is lemon, oranges, kiwi, grape and strawberries. You can blend it and enjoy the juice while you have the benefits of vitamin C.
So, can you overdose on vitamin C? Yes it is possible and remembering to keep the dose under standard intake. As long as you consume it every day, although it considered small amount, you will gain the optimal benefits of vitamin c.