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Saturday, 2 June 2012

Hypervitaminosis S: for Stupid

So here is the list of the benefits provided by various vitamins,
as well as the side effects of excessive use, as promised in my last entry! Thankfully after consuming all of Sal's vitamins, she kept me under vigilant watch for 3 weeks (great friend <3) before deciding that I wasn't in any danger lol!

Vitamin A--beta carotene, retinols
  • Acts as an antioxidant
  • Great source of beta-carotene  
  • Immunity booster
  • Prevents night blindness, cataracts, and helps to preserve general eye health
  • Prevents Urinary stones
  • When converted to retinoic acid form, promotes healthy bones and teeth. The retinoic acid form aids  growth hormone development in a developing fetus.                                                                      Warning: Hypervitaminosis A during pregnancy is REALLY BAD!!
Symptoms of Hypervitaminosis A:

  • Blurred vision
  • Bone pain
  • Reports of dizziness
  • Increased Irritability
  • Increases in intercranial pressure
  • Liver damage
  • Decreases in appetite
  • Headache 
  • Nausea
  • Loss of Muscular coordination

Vitamin B: The vitamin B complex is composed of several individual vitamins:  B1, B2, B3, B5,  B6, B7, B9, and B12. The basic properties of the B complex vitamins are as follows: 

  • Increases metabolism
  • Decreases the risk of pancreatic cancer
  • Boosts immune system
  • Used to sustain healthy skin
  • Promotes healthy nervous system
"Fun" Fact: Taking high doses of Vitamin B complex daily, can turn urine a bright fluorescent colour!

Symptoms of Hypervitaminosis B: 

I couldn't find much on this. Apparently, effects are not known, however it has been documented that vitamin B9 excess can produce  allergies, sleep disturbances and bad moods

Hypervitaminosis B3 can prevent the breakdown of fats in adipose tissue and
Hypervitaminosis B6 can result in several sensory neuropathic symptoms such as numb feet, unstable gait, and paresthesia 

Vitamin C--Ascorbic acid

  • Super powerful antioxidant
  • Super powerful immunity booster
  • Decreases risk of hypertension
  • Ensures proper dilation of blood vessels, which can prevent diseases (nasty things like: high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and congestive heart failure)
  • Lowers amount of lead in blood, decreasing risk of toxicity
  • Battles cataracts
  • Helps in collagen production
Symptoms of Hypervitaminosis C
  • Laxative effect
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Disturbed Sleep

Vitamin D--Calciferol, cholecalciferol

  • Great for maintenance of healthy bones
  • Assists in absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus  
  • Immune system regulator 
  • Necessary for  brain health
  • Regulates blood pressure 
  • Reduces stress and tension 
  • Reducing muscle cramps and spasms 
  • Improves collagen production
  • Fights depression 
  • Helps prevent osteomalacia 
  • May reduce risk of multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis in women

Symptoms of Hypervitaminosis D
  • Hypercalcemia-- which can cause overcalcification of the bones, soft tissues, heart and kidneys
  • Kidney damage
  • Produce kidney stones
  • Hypertension
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dehydration
  • Irritability
  • Constipation

Vitamin E- alpha-tochepherol

  • Again, another wonderful antioxidant
  • Brilliant for skin, nail, and hair health
  • Promotes heart health
  • Promotes respiratory health
  • Helps with normal PMS symptoms!
  • Supports Circulation
  • Helps to heal scarring, and can combat acne
   Symptoms of Hypervitaminosis E
  • Blotchy skin
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Increased triglycerides, and decreased production of thyroid hormones
  • Nausea
  • Flatulence
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal Pains

Vitamin K- phyllochinone, phylloquinone, phytonadione

  • Essential for proper blood coagulation
  • Prevents uncontrolled bleeding
  • Works together with Vitamin D to promote healthy bone development
  • Prevents calcification
  • Protects cells from oxidative stress
Symptoms of Hypervitaminosis K

  • Hyperthrombia
  • Decreased liver function
  • Flushing Sensation
  • Reported dizziness
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid/Weak pulse
  • Uncontrolled bleeding

And that my friends is a "brief" summary of vitamin intake!!Sorry about the wordiness; it may have been a little much to absorb in a single blog session, but really the topic of proper vitamin regulation is very expansive. Below I have linked ALL the websites I referenced in this article. Feel free to click the links below for further reading. Just as a  general disclaimer, I am NOT a medical doctor, and any articles I write, are based solely on my personal knowledge, experience, or information I have collected from the world-wide web/books :) Health questions and concerns should be directed towards your phycian or a family practitioner. I am simply an undergraduate student (for now) and hopefully one day, these posts will be ended with the prefix "Dr." before my name, but for now it's simply


5 Top Reasons you need vitamin B complex

Vitamins from A-K

6 Health Benefits of Vitamin K

7 Health Benefits of Vitamin A

Vitamin A as an Antioxidant

Fat Soluble Vitamins


Hypervitaminosis A

Vitamin B Complex

What is Vitamin D? What Are the Benefits of Vitamin D?

Health Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin C Benefits

Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin E Overdose (Hypervitaminosis E) Symptoms and Treatment

Vitamin E Toxicity

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