Vitamins and Minerals all have a toxicity level, you should know their levels of toxicity before taking them over the recommended daily allowance. While vitamins and minerals will improve your heath, taking them in to toxic levels will have the opposite effect on your body.
Vitamins that stay in your body for short periods of time, being about two to four days are called the water soluble vitamins. The B complex vitamins and vitamin C belong to this group of water soluble vitamins. Water soluble vitamins start being utilized by the body from the minute they are absorbed through your intestines and must be replenished on a regular basis. Since the water soluble vitamins are not stored in the body, they are quickly excreted from the body, so toxicities are rare.
Fat soluble vitamins on the other hand tend to stay in your body for longer periods of time. Vitamins A, D, E, K, fall into this group. They are usually stored in the fatty tissue and may also be stored in the organs, especially your liver. With these fat soluble vitamins you can have toxicity problems, but only when you take in very large doses.
Minerals also are split into two groups, the macro or the bulk minerals and the micro or the trace minerals. The Macro minerals are needed in your body in larger amounts than the micro minerals. The macro minerals group includes calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, while the micro minerals group includes zinc, iron, copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, iodine, potassium. Minerals are stored in various parts of the body primarily in your bones and your muscle tissue. With this group of minerals it is possible to overdose on minerals if you take in extremely large doses, so know your correct doses.
However, there is no vitamins or minerals that is as toxic as most of the drugs you can buy over the counter, this includes aspirin. In order to reach toxicity levels with vitamins and minerals, you must actually go out of your way to abuse these supplements by taking in very amounts, usually for a prolonged period of time. If you are not sure on the levels of vitamins and minerals you should be taking, all you need to do is ask your doctor what the safe levels for you should be.
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