Woman Took Too Many Vitamins, And It Cost Her The Liver

Lifestyle & Health

April 22, 2019 14:24 By Fabiosa

Nowadays, many people are tempted to take vitamins even without understanding whether there is really a deficiency in their body. In most cases, it is a waste of money and a health risk.

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In the XXI century, there is little chance of getting avitaminosis because of all the variety of products available. On the other hand, the excess of vitamins, which can result from the uncontrolled intake of multivitamins, can do more harm than good, most often – damage the liver.

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A real case

Single mother Annie Gilberthrope started taking supplements and vitamins, in particular, vitamin C and Echinacea to fight stress. They were readily available and sold without a prescription, so the woman didn’t think that these vitamins could damage her health.

Once Annie noticed that her eyeballs were yellow. She visited the doctor on the same day, who ordered blood tests.

Woman Took Too Many Vitamins, And It Cost Her The Liver

The next day, Gilberthrope was hospitalized with suspected liver damage. Doctors told Annie that she might need an organ transplant. Soon after, she was a coma. It was even suggested that her family say goodbye to her.

Fortunately, a liver transplant helped put Gilberthrope back on her feet. As it turned out, the irreparable damage to Annie’s health was caused by a large number of food supplements.

How to choose the right vitamins

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When buying a multivitamin supplement, remember the following points:

  • avoid supplements that provide more than 100% of the daily value of any of the vitamins or minerals;
  • herbs contained in it have no benefit and only increase the price of the product;
  • choose supplements that contain no more than 3000-3500 international units (IUs) of retinol or vitamin A;
  • postmenopausal women are recommended to take multivitamins with 50% or less of the daily value for iron.

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We strongly advise you to consult with your doctor before buying any vitamins.

The more is not always the better. Sometimes components of nutritional supplements can prevent the uptake of the one other thus lowering their bioavailability. Instead of multivitamins, give preference to single-entity tablets.


This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.