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Can You Take Too Much Vitamin C?

In the last seventy years, a lot has changed in regards to how much vitamin C is too much. In 1935, the first 60 mg vitamin C tablet was produced and it scared the world and medical professionals just knew that it was too much. Today, some people are taking 1,000 mg of vitamin C and it has caused quite a bit of confusion as to how much vitamin C we should take and how much is too much.The popularity of vitamin C is only continuing to rise and this seems to create even more confusion as to how much is too much. One thing that most health experts do agree on is the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. The current RDA is a mere 60 mg. This was based on how much you needed to consume on a daily basis to prevent scurvy. While this amount is enough to maintain life without scurvy, many people are much more active and they may need to adjust their intake of vitamin C based on their activity level. Because of this, the FDA is currently looking at the RDA guidelines and reworking them based on different lifestyle requirements.Most experts agree that between 1-3 grams of vitamin C is safe to take. This is about 1,000 to 3,000 mg per day. However, this varies from person to person and some people may develop side effects, such as diarrhea, from taking large doses of vitamin C. Diarrhea is generally a sign that your body can’t keep up with the intake and that you need to cut back a bit.Additionally, it is important to realize that if you are taking large doses of vitamin C, you shouldn’t stop suddenly. Some people have developed scurvy like symptoms from doing this, so you should slowly back off vitamin C to avoid this. Interestingly enough, the founder of modern day vitamin C was taking 10,000 to 18,000 mg of vitamin C on a regular basis before his death at the age of 93.

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