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Does Taking Too Much Vitamin C Have Side Effects?

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Excess intake of Vit C, which is more than 3000mg daily, can lead to kidney stones with existing kidney disease or a history of rocks.

Written by Tavishi Dogra | Updated : December 7, 2023 6:10 PM IST

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Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

The committee reviewed all available evidence and estimated the EAR and RDA based on replacement levels of body pool saturation of 900 mg for ametabolic loss of 2.9% per day, compensated for urinary loss (25% per day), and taking absorption efficiency in Indian foods into account.

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RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE – NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NUTRITION, 2020

Vitamin C dissolves in water and takes up in body tissue. Vit C helps boost immunity, heal wounds, and contains antioxidants. The recommended allowance of Vit C for Indian males is 80 mg/day and for females 65mg/dl.

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Generally

A high vitamin C intake is not toxic, but if the body tissues become concentrated with vitamin C, the absorption decreases and will be excreted in the urine. The common symptoms can be nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea etc. Excess intake of Vit C, which is more than 3000mg daily, can lead to kidney stones with existing kidney disease or a history of rocks.  Also Read - JN.1 COVID-19 Variant Now Dominant In USA, Country Battles Worst COVID Wave Since Omicron

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Food Which Is Rich In Vit C Per 100g

Amaranth Leaves (green) 83.54mg, Knol- knol Leaves 71.11mg, Bitter gourd - 50.87 mg, Capsicum yellow - 127 mg, Mango green raw - 90.24 mg, Gooseberry (Indian Amla) - 252 mg, Guava Pink - 222 mg