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The poison information center receives more and more inquiries due to income of high-dose vitamin D preparations . What is behind it?

Erfurt-When the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are falling, more and more people use vitamin D preparations. They should help prevent colds and other diseases. But the nutritional supplements do not always bring what they promise.

overdosing vitamin D and other means can even harm health. This is also shown by the latest data that the poisoning information center in Erfurt has now published. As a result, inquiries increase due to income from highly dosed vitamin D preparations. But what is behind it?

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Vitamin D overdose: Emergency calls and inquiries at the poison information center

have already existed this year 162 such cases and thus 31 more than 2021, said the head of the poison information center in Erfurt, Dagmar Prasa, the German Press Agency. On the ranking of the most commonly affected medicinal products for the calls, vitamin D from 69th place was now 17th to 17th to 17th.

may be related to Corona and the view that vitamin D better protects against infections, says Prasa. Some of the very high -dose preparations are on the market - also as a dietary supplement. "If you get a milliliter in the dosage and take a milliliter instead of a drop, you already have a clear overdose," Prasa told the dpa. But what is the highest safe daily vitamin D intake? The Joint Expert Commission of the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and the Federal Institute for Medicines and Medical Devices has published the following statement:

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The highest daily daily vitamin D intake (UL*) 0-125 microgram1-1050 microgrammer-growing100 microgram source: Opinion of Vitamin-D -The products

* UL refers to the vitamin D supply from all sources: general food, enriched food, nutritional supplements, summed up diets. The UL is far above the actual physiological need.

More inquiries about vitamin D preparations: What happens with a chronic overdose

with vitamin D is a one-off overdose relatively harmless. "This becomes a problem if you did it every day," said the pharmacist. A chronic overdose causes the calcium level to increase in the blood and the further consequences. This could lead to cardiac arrhythmia and kidney damage could also be possible. According to Prasa, most of the inquiries concerned a unique, accidental overdose or that children had served themselves.

The human body forms vitamin D under the influence of the sun itself. That is why it is also known as the solar hormone. Vitamin D contributes to bone stability and is important for the immune system. It can protect against acute respiratory infections. Nevertheless, taking preparations should be discussed with a doctor beforehand. (SLO with dpa)

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