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excess vit A, is it dangerous??
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ginger - December 22

there are instances that too mich vitamin a can cause birth defects and miscarriage. is it true? how will it happen?


NanciH - December 22

I haven't heard of it. I think too much of something is really dangerous so everything should be taken in balance to avoid problems while pregnant.


JaneGirl - December 22

I have heard of that too but there is no explanation to how and why. A pregnant woman should just limit her vitamin A intake up to 10,000 IUs per day to avoid birth defects.


NanciH - December 22

I tried searching about it and it states that excess vitamin A can be a form of toxic to the unborn baby.


--cristy-- - December 22

What are the benefits of Vitamin A? Maybe we start with that before we can analyze its effect to the unborn baby.


Trina^^ - December 22

Vitamin A or retinol is good for the eyes to adjust to light and it is also an antioxidant.


--cristy-- - December 22

I think I got something from

"Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are stored in the fat tissues of the body for a few days to up to six months. If you get too much of a fat-soluble vitamin, it can be stored in your liver and may sometimes cause health problems. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin.

Overconsumption of vitamin A can cause nausea, irritability and blurred vision in its mild form. In addition, the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet can turn orange if a person has a high intake of Vitamin A. Vitamin A toxicity can cause growth retardation, hair loss and enlarged spleen and liver in its more severe form. Vitamin A overdose can also cause birth defects and has been linked to increased risk of bone fractures in some people."

Hope that helps.


Trina^^ - December 22

Thanks cristy that is really helpful.


strawberry - December 22

yeah almost everything taken in excess is not advisable. i also asked if folic acid taken in excess is harmful?



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