Is Your Kid’s Vitamin Too Potent?

vitamin-kid-5a6342805552f7c758b734b9a378552cfbd79c38-s6-c30A recent study that was looking into the strengths of children’s vitamins has found that the pills might be actually be too potent for their own good. There are recommended daily allowances in place to obvious suggest what the safe amounts of vitamin consumption are for different age groups. Many children’s vitamins seem to have higher levels of vitamins than their recommended daily allowances.

A recent study at a pharmacy in Erie Pennsylvania looked 193 different children’s vitamin brands and compared what was on the labels to what they found in the vitamins themselves. They found the vitamin contents were significantly higher than they were supposed to be. Some were double or triple what they needed to be. Here the vitamins that were found to be in the most extreme amounts and any potential dangers that go along with high amounts of them:

Biotin

Biotin is helpful for a proper working metabolism and healthy skin and hair, but too much of it can slow the release of insulin in the body and might lead to rashes.

Vitamin B12

B12 is necessary for the body to have good function of the brain, nerves, and blood cells. Too much of B12 vitamins for some people can lead to diarrhea and itching. There is one medication that it interacts with.

Vitamin C

High doses of vitamin C can lead to stomach distress and diarrhea, which is the body’s response to having too much and means you should back off on the amounts you are ingesting. The good news is that vitamin C is water soluble so the body is actual able to get rid of it when it needs to.

Vitamin B6

If you take too much vitamin B6 for too long it can lead to some different types of nerve damage. This can be avoided by getting the vitamin from food sources as opposed to a supplement source.

Riboflavin

Riboflavin is vitamin B2 and is commonly grouped in supplements with the other B vitamins. It can boost the immune system function but in high doses might bring on some diarrhea.

Thiamin

Thiamin is also known as vitamin B1 which is generally safe and good for the body but might not be a good supplement choice for anyone with liver issues.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a group of vitamins that include retinoids. They are fat soluble which means the body continues to store them even after you are full of your needed amounts, and an excess in a toxic amount can lead to liver damage, headaches, and blurred vision.

Niacin

Niacin is vitamin B3. High levels of niacin might lead to liver damage, jaundice, and rashes.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that also functions as an antioxidant in the body. There is some thought that taking too much vitamin E internally could lead to a stroke and can prevent the blood from clotting.

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