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Expert raises alarm over Vitamin C

 

Paul Okoh, a nutritionist, has warned against the overdose of Vitamin C.

The dietary supplement is being used more to boost the immune system against coronavirus.

But Okoh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Today in Abuja, that overdose could trigger undesirable effects.

The expert stated that it was wrong for people to take excess to forestall coronavirus infection.

He explained that Vitamin C is a type of antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radicals that damage and destroy healthy cells.

“The maximum recommended amount or upper limit is 2,000mg per day for adults. Taking more is not life-threatening, but you may experience side effects like abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, headaches, nausea and possible vomiting and sleeping problems.”

Okoh warned that people with hemochromatosis are in danger of a Vitamin C overdose.

The condition causes the body to store excessive amounts of iron and leads to body tissue damage.

The expert also said an overdose may also result in undesirable health conditions such as gall bladder stone, kidney stones and pelvic ulcer.

Pointing out that low Vitamin C in the body causes a deadly condition known as Scurvy, Okoh advised Nigerians to take it only once in a day.

He lamented that some people take double or triple dose daily, warning that the supplement provokes peptic ulcer.

Okoh said normal dose supports the body’s natural defenses against illness and increases iron absorption essential for growth and body functions.

According to him, this was how Vitamin C gained its reputation as a virus-fighting vitamin.

Stressing that oanges and orange juice are the best-known sources, he listed others as bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwi potatoes, strawberries and tomatoes.

Okoh noted that patients may probably not need Vitamin C supplement if they eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

The nutritionist added the average adult woman required 70mg of vitamin C per day, while the average man required 90mg.

He recommended higher amounts for pregnant and nursing women and advised Nigerians to discuss their individual nutritional needs with doctors.

“The maximum recommended amount or upper limit is 2,000mg per day for adults. Taking more is not life-threatening, but you may experience side effects like abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, headaches, nausea and possible vomiting and sleeping problems.”

Okoh warned that people with hemochromatosis are in danger of a Vitamin C overdose.

The condition causes the body to store excessive amounts of iron and leads to body tissue damage.

The expert also said an overdose may also result in undesirable health conditions such as gall bladder stone, kidney stones and pelvic ulcer.

Pointing out that low Vitamin C in the body causes a deadly condition known as Scurvy, Okoh advised Nigerians to take it only once in a day.

He lamented that some people take double or triple dose daily, warning that the supplement provokes peptic ulcer.

Okoh said normal dose supports the body’s natural defenses against illness and increases iron absorption essential for growth and body functions.

According to him, this was how Vitamin C gained its reputation as a virus-fighting vitamin.

Stressing that oanges and orange juice are the best-known sources, he listed others as bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwi potatoes, strawberries and tomatoes.

Okoh noted that patients may probably not need Vitamin C supplement if they eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

The nutritionist added the average adult woman required 70mg of vitamin C per day, while the average man required 90mg.

He recommended higher amounts for pregnant and nursing women and advised Nigerians to discuss their individual nutritional needs with doctors.

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30 Comments

  1. Reply

    Good to know

  2. Profile photo ofOlatunbosun

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    It helpful

  3. Reply

    Thanks for this…you much of everything is bad

  4. Reply

    Good One

  5. Profile photo ofItz Kvng Twitch

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    Very interesting

  6. Reply

    Nice update

  7. Reply

    Good for the healthg

  8. Reply

    Every drug shouldn’t be taken in excess, no matter it’s function to the body.
    Vitamin C is effective for so many reasons, but the supplement shouldn’t be overdosed.

  9. Reply

    This is serious

  10. Reply

    Nice info

  11. Reply

    this is a good post. nice

  12. Reply

    Interesting

  13. Reply

    Overdose damage the body system

  14. Reply

    That’s good

  15. Reply

    Thanks for update

  16. Reply

    Great article

  17. Reply

    Nice info

  18. Reply

    I never knew that excess of vitamin C will lead to body tissue damage

  19. Reply

    Good

  20. Reply

    Interesting…never knew

  21. Profile photo ofSIRMUSTY

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    too much of everything is bad

  22. Profile photo ofKreator

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    Nice update

  23. Reply

    Good post

  24. Reply

    Very interesting poy

  25. Reply

    Good sharing

  26. Reply

    Good one

  27. Reply

    Thanks

  28. Reply

    Yeah that’s true eat fruits in right proportion, there be no need for vit c supplements

  29. Reply

    Very good
    Thanks for sharing

  30. Reply

    Good

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