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Side Effects Of Multivitamin Tablets

By Suparna Chakaraborthy

In the present work culture, which demands 24 hours work, diet is the worst effected. The only guideline for daily diet is to eat and cook something which does not take time and thus, processed food and to pop a multivitamin tablet seem much easy. The problem begins with the fact that most of us don't know what amount of multivitamin should be taken in day. Multivitamins tablets are for those who lack in it, taking it injudiciously, results in serious illnesses. Side effects of multivitamins are hazardous.

Lets Look At Three Basic Side Effects Of Multivitamins -

1.Diarrhea – One of the most common side effects of multivitamins is Diarrhea. This is caused due to high dosage of magnesium, which results in watery bowel system. Diarrhea when taken with multivitamin dosage, causes negative interaction among other nutrients, it leads to various other health problems like weakness, lack of immunity and decreased metabolism. Dehydration due to Diarrhea is one of the major health effects.

2.Kidney Stones – The common cause of Kidney stones is high concentration of calcium. Thus, one of the side effects of multivitamin tablets is high concentration of calcium, which causes Kidney stones along with other problems like constipation, abdominal pain and in some cases weak heart.

3.Cardiac Problems - High concentration of Zinc leads to hindering the cardiac rhythm and thus, result in weak heart. A prolonged period of weak heart further may result in heart attack. Other effects of high Zinc concentration are teeth staining, gastric, urinary problems and muscle weakness.

Other Side Effects Of Multivitamins Tablets -

1.According to some researchers, high concentration Of Vitamin A, E and beta-carotene tend to shorten the life span of people. High concentration of Vitamin A also results in retinal damage which is hazardous in case of women. It can hinder with the process of child birth.

2.Multivitamins can also react with other medications. Reaction to other medications might result in causing allergy, adverse health effects etc.

3.High concentration of calcium and iron, hinders with body's ability of nutrient absorption.

4.Excessive concentration of Vitamin C have been proved to have results in Kidney failure and dehydration.

5.Few other side effects of multivitamin tablets is hair loss, weak muscles, internal bleeding, skin peeling and loss of appetite.

Multivitamin tablets are beneficial for those who need them and thus, should be taken under doctors advice. Multivitamin tablets generally is asked to be taken only for a specified period of time. So, the next time you are about to pop a tablet just like that, remember the side effects you might be face later.

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Story first published: Friday, March 18, 2011, 12:48 [IST]
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