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Covid vitamins – can you take too many vitamins?

How are you? How are you really? January and the new year are often a time when we feel a bit blue, after all the excitement and excess indulgence of Christmas. But for 2021, this January has a lot for us all to digest, and we don’t just mean the leftover chocolates.

The first day back to reality for many of us this year signalled rain, dreariness, the closure of schools and businesses and a third lockdown. And there’s nothing quite like the promise of an impromptu address by the PM to install fear, worry and upset and generally add to our woes.

Living through a pandemic is something that we’re all still adjusting to, and at this time of year, we also tend to think more about our health. January often signals positive changes to our diets, we’re determined to exercise more and we take steps towards a healthier lifestyle such as giving up smoking, reducing our alcohol intake and changing the way we respond to stress.

Perhaps this year more than ever though, having a positive mindset towards living a healthy life is so important. The coronavirus continues to spread, and being mindful of who we mix with and how often is our best form of defence against getting (and spreading further) the virus. But being strong and healthy will also help to keep our immune defences strong.

What are the best Covid vitamins?

Whilst I stress that taking a vitamin supplement won’t give us guaranteed protection against Covid-19, taking a daily supplement to support a healthy immune system is a good idea.

I wrote recently on supplements that provide super support to your immune system. Of all the best Covid vitamins for good immunity, vitamin C and zinc are the most well-known and popular, so they’re a great place to start. Zinc helps to support the benefits of vitamin C and are great taken together.

Whilst not technically a vitamin, echinacea is a herb that’s been taken for millennia to help reduce the severity of colds and other winter bugs, and can help to support our natural immune defences.

Vitamin D is recommended by the NHS as a daily supplement best taken in the winter months between October and March. Most well-known for supporting healthy teeth and bones, it’s also crucial for a strong immune system. Vitamin D is also thought to support good mental health, which we could all benefit from right now.

Can I take too many vitamin supplements?

There are two main types of vitamins – water soluble and fat soluble. The water soluble vitamins are the B vitamins and vitamin C. Any excess of these vitamins is simply flushed away in our urine, so it’s not possible to ‘overdose’. (Although taking more than one supplement containing these vitamins will be a waste on your wallet.)

However, taking more than 1,000mg of vitamin C a day can cause stomach upsets. The effects of taking high doses of the B vitamins isn’t well understood, but high doses of vitamin B6 (more than 200mg) can lead to tingling and a loss of feeling in the arms and legs, in a condition called peripheral neuropathy.

Vitamins A, D, E and K are all fat soluble vitamins. This means that the body stores what it doesn’t need in our fat reserves. This also means that we can take too much. More than 1.5mg of vitamin A each day over long periods of time can cause bone fractures later in life.

It isn’t well understood what may happen if we take more than the recommended amounts of vitamins E and K.

So to be on the safe side, check that you’re not taking multiple supplements that may contain the same ingredients. If you’re in any doubt, look for a multivitamin that covers all micronutrients such as the BetterYou MultiVit Oral Spray. Or, if you’re just looking for immune support, Immune + from Higher Nature is a great option.

Stay safe,

Hannah

One thought on “Covid vitamins – can you take too many vitamins?

  1. Penny Errill says:

    I understood that one would have to take a huge amount of vitamin D to overdose and cause any damage? Large amounts are recommended currently as we are so lacking in Vit D and it is both a preventative and treatment for the virus

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