Many people may choose to use a liquid multivitamin. Some people have problems swallowing pills and taking a multivitamin in a liquid form (such as the brand Centrum) helps them to avoid these problems. Some people also believe that liquid multivitamins are more potent, and are more readily used by the body, than their pill counterparts. Yet, there are some side effects to liquid multivitamins that you should be aware of and try to avoid.
Liquid Multivitamins May Upset the Stomach
Some people have a more sensitive stomach than others. This can mean that a liquid multivitamin may cause stomach upset, especially if taken alone. A way to solve this problem is to add your liquid multivitamin to your drink, such as juice or water. This may also solve any taste problems that may have with swallowing the multivitamin by itself.
A Liquid Multivitamin Overdose
A multivitamin (including the liquid multivitamin) is a vitamin that contains a combination of the common vitamins and minerals we need per day. Each comes with a recommended dosage, and it is advisable to take these dosages at the same time every day. It is also advisable not overdo your vitamin intake.
An overdose of vitamins or minerals can be harmful to your body. You should especially pay close attention to the recommended amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc you get a day. Too much of these can cause a number of health conditions including:
- teeth staining
- increase urination
- stomach bleeding
- muscle weakness
- uneven heart rate
Many people may think it is wise to increase their amounts of Vitamin C during the cold season to help protect their immune system. You should not increase this amount to go over the recommended daily allowance. If you do, side effects can include:
- a change in one’s menstrual cycle
- stomach cramping
- the development of kidney stones
Side Effects Of Liquid Multivitamins Containing Folic Acid
There can be side effects of each and every vitamin and or mineral that is combined into a liquid multivitamin. For this reason, it may be hard to pinpoint the exact origin of any side effects that may occur. For example, the mineral folic acid, which is needed for red cell production and a baby’s early stages of development, can cause severe side effects such as:
- difficulty breathing and tightness in chest
- swelling of face, mouth, tongue, and lips
- stomach distress
Some people may also be allergic to liquid multivitamins, and an allergic reaction can cause:
- rash and hives.
If you do not believe you will experience any of the above side effects, and you have problems swallowing pills, a liquid multivitamin may be the choice for you. Multivitamins are a great way to ensure you get the right amount of the vitamins and minerals needed each day to maintain good health.