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From Sea To Shining Sea, You're Taking Too Much 'C'


Some of you are taking far more vitamin C than you need through supplements, which could lead to adverse affects on your health.

The latest recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 100-200 milligrams, up from an earlier figure of 60 mg. The problem is many of you take supplements that put your daily dose over the 1,000 mg mark.

While vitamin C isn?t toxic, high doses may harm your health, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Such adverse effects include:

--Diarrhea or abdominal bloating when several grams are ingested.

--False negative results on fecal blood tests, with an intake of 250 mg.

--Enhanced iron absorption, which is dangerous to people with iron overload due to certain diseases.

There are also some harmful effects that have been mistakenly linked to vitamin C, according to the NIH report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). These include:

--Hypoglycemia

--Rebound scurvy

--Infertility

--Mutagenesis

--Destruction of vitamin B-12

Some health food stores sell "natural" vitamin C made of rose hips or other substances. Let me tell you, a tablet made from rose hips is unnatural. It would have to be the size of your hand to give you the recommended RDA.

Besides, what could be more natural than getting vitamin C in a daily diet of fruits and vegetables?

That?s my recommendation.

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