Vitamin pills can never be a substitute for natural food and their nutrient resources.
Hypervitaminosis: Vitamin Pills or Magic Bullets?
One of the most common prescriptions that a patient asks his doctor to prescribe to him is the vitamin supplements or tablets. Parents, who always want their children to perform well in exams and sports, insist the doctors to give them vitamin prescription. Nevertheless, these vitamin pills are not magic bullets that can prevent and cure all the diseases.
These pills can never be a substitute for natural food and their nutrient resources. Normally, vitamin supplements are given to people whose diet does not provide adequate quantity of vitamins. Pregnant women and nursing mother need vitamin supplement to nurture the growing foetus and breastfeeding infant.
Those who depend on vitamin supplements for their nutritional fulfilment should also be aware of the side effects caused by prolonged intake of these supplements, because Hypervitaminosis can be very serious problem.
Excess of vitamins or hypervitaminosis can cause headache, nausea, vomiting, hair fall, dry skin, thickening of skin, etc. In aged people, it may lead to bone fractures.
High dosage of vitamin C in blood can cause loss of appetite, nausea, excessive thirst, vomiting, tiredness, formation of kidney stones and can also lead to renal failure. Renal failure or kidney malfunctioning can be serious illness and may require a transplant too. If not diagnosed early, it can even lead to death.
Vitamin E is generally taken to cure pains in hands and legs and tiredness. Excess of vitamin E causes fatigue, nausea, vomiting and bleeding.
Vitamin B6 is generally prescribed for menstrual problems and has to be taken for a prolonged period. Long-term intake of vitamin B6 pills (hypervitaminosis) causes weakness of nerves, numbness of hands and legs and imbalance in walking.
Caution: Vitamin supplements, tablets and other drugs should always be consumed under a doctor’s prescription and advice.
© 2010 Dr.P.Elayaraja