There are many things that people don’t understand about vitamin supplements. Therefore in order to clarify some of the important information about vitamins we are going to look at some frequently asked questions about vitamins.
Q: Are there any dangers in taking high doses of vitamin D?
A: Vitamins are no different from ordinary drugs, taking them in excess may result in toxicity with adverse effects on health. A good example is excess use of vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D when taken in excess can cause the blood to have high levels of calcium which in turn triggers undesirable side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness and kidney stones.
Q: Are there any ideal vitamins during pregnancy?
A: There are plenty multivitamin supplements recommended for use during pregnancy. It is advised that women take vitamin supplements strictly following the RDA recommendations. Taking more than the recommended daily allowance of vitamins may cause complications in a developing fetus. It is also advised that women stick to one kind of multivitamin supplement and avoid taking different kinds of supplements so as to avoid over dosing.
Q: Do vitamin B12 supplements have any side effects?
A: Vitamin B supplements don’t have too many side effects. Known side effects include diarrhea, itching, nausea, vomiting. Side effects are usually rare and if they do occur they are often mild. Taking high doses of vitamin B supplements may be the cause of some side effects.
Q: Is it possible to have low vitamin D even when you are taking vitamin supplements that contain vitamin D?
A: Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. This vitamin is better absorbed when taken together with a fatty meal. Thus if you are not taking vitamin D together with fatty meals your body may be failing to absorb this essential vitamin thus causing you to show low levels of vitamin D during screening.
Q: Is it safe to take antibiotics when taking vitamin supplements that have iron?
A: Iron in multivitamin supplements can interact with some ingredients of certain drugs. Drug interaction is not desirable as it can amplify the extent of side effects. Consult your doctor to determine if it is ok to take vitamin supplements that contain iron in conjunction with antibiotics. At times your doctor may require you to take the vitamin supplements at a different time from the antibiotics so as to avoid chances of interaction.
Q: Are there any vitamins to alleviate menopause symptoms?
A: There are vitamin supplements such as Estroven which contain a wide variety of vitamins including an ingredient known as black cohosh. Black cohosh is thought to reduce symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes.
Q: When is the best time to take vitamin supplements?
A: The time when you take your vitamins doesn’t really matter. What is important is to ensure that if you are taking fat soluble vitamins it is ideal to take them along with a fatty meal. Taking vitamins at bedtime will not affect your sleep as vitamins have no stimulating capacity.