Can You Take Too Much Vitamin C and What Are the Side Effects?

Vitamin C is among the most important vitamins that help your body fight against sickness. However, is it possible to take too much of it?

What is vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a nutrient that helps you fight against disease and other harmful infections. When you are sick, Vitamin C does not cure your sickness. It does help make your immune system stronger, though.

Which method of taking vitamin C gives you the risk of overdosing?

The good news is that if you eat too much food that has a lot of Vitamin C, you should not feel any bad side effects. However, overdosing becomes a problem if you take Vitamin C in pill form. For adults, it is encouraged for men to take around 90 mg, while for women, it is encouraged to take 75 mg.

How do I know what is too much vitamin C?

If you are an adult taking more than 2,000 mg daily, then this means you are taking more than the recommended amount, and you may experience unpleasant side effects. Some of these bad side effects may include:

  • Experiencing diarrhea
  • You may feel an uncomfortable feeling of stomach fullness
  • You may have an upset stomach in general
  • You may experience the urge to vomit

Extreme side effects of vitamin C

Though it is very uncommon, taking too much Vitamin C for a long time can cause serious side effects, which you may need to see a doctor for. It is especially important for you not to ignore any of them, as they may get worse over time. Studies show that too much Vitamin C may cause you to suffer from kidney stones. Another serious side effect you may experience is your body being unable to absorb other nutrients that are just as important as Vitamin C. Lastly, having too much Vitamin C in your body may cause bone pain.

Your body will not absorb all the vitamin C you may give it

As much as you may want to give your body extra Vitamin C, it can only absorb around 70-90% of the nutrient. With this in mind, the chances of taking too much Vitamin C are not as likely to cause severe issues. If anything, the rest of the leftover Vitamin C will end up in your urine.

How do I know if I am taking too much vitamin C?

As stated above, taking more than 2,000 mg in adults is too much. This encouraged amount also applies to women who are pregnant.

Vitamin C  for kids

Of course, it is especially important for babies and children in general to take enough Vitamin C. Here are the dosages that are strongly encouraged to give to children who need higher doses of Vitamin C.

  • Babies and children between 1-3 years old should be given no more than 400 mg
  • Children between 4-8 years old should be taking no more than 650 mg
  • Children between 9-13 years old should be taking no more than 1,200 mg
  • Teenagers between 14-18 years old should not be taking more than 1,800 mg
  • Teenagers 4-18 years old and are pregnant should not be taking more than 1,800 mg

Exceptions to consider

In some cases, taking over the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C is necessary. There may be different reasons why you would need to take extra Vitamin C. Your genetic makeup may play a big role in determining whether or not your body is absorbing all the Vitamin C it needs.

How do I know if I need more than the recommended amount of vitamin C?

As stated above, it varies. For example, if you feel like you are eating enough foods that are high in Vitamin C, but your body is not absorbing enough of it, it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about your situation.

Signs of low in vitamin C

There are several ways to tell if you are Vitamin C deficient. You may be surprised to know a couple of ways to tell.

Skin dryness

It is shown that if you have healthy skin, you are not likely to experience a skin dryness problem. It is important to know that although skin dryness may be a symptom of Vitamin C deficiency, this does not necessarily mean to assume that you are low in Vitamin C, as skin dryness can be caused by a variety of reasons,

Bruise easily

Bruising easily is a very common symptom of having low levels of Vitamin C. The bruising is caused when your blood vessels burst. When this happens, you may notice purple or red marks on your skin.

Is there a better way to take vitamin C other than through a supplement?

High-dose Vitamin C IV therapy is an excellent route to go with because of its benefits. It may actually be a better option if you are worried about getting side effects.

Why should I get high-dose vitamin C IV therapy?

There are a few reasons why you should think about getting Vitamin C IV therapy:

  • It may help your body absorb more iron as this may be harder for your body to do when you are taking Vitamin C orally.
  • It may help you have a good mood and outlook in general.
  • High-dose Vitamin C IV therapy may improve the chances of cancer treatments being more successful.

While you may overdose from Vitamin C in pill form, you have the option to do Vitamin C IV therapy, which is a lot safer in the long run.

Direct-Delivery Vitamin C Drips with Drip Hydration

Our vitamin C drips can help ensure that you get enough of this essential vitamin. We make it easy to get vitamin therapy by bringing your appointment directly to you whether you’re at the gym, office, home, or somewhere else. Our IV treatments are a fast and convenient way to get the benefits of vitamin infusions and generally last between 30 - 45 minutes.

In addition to our IVs, we offer select add-ons such as anti-nausea or anti-inflammatory medications, glutathione shots, and B12 shots to provide further benefits and help you feel your best.

If you want to know more about our treatments or the places we service, give us a call! We’ll be happy to answer anything you’d like to know about vitamin C drips.