The recommended amount is far too low. It is impossible to overdose on vitamins C because the body will simply excrete it if it has had too much. At 200-400mg, your cells are saturated, so that is about how much someone can use in a day. As you get older, you may need more. If I feel like I may get sick, I take 3,000mg a day and nothing ever progresses. Vitamin C is very beneficial for cancer, colds and sickness, it also cures scurvy, protects joints or imfammed joints, etc, etc. I usually take 500-1,000 mg, so you amount is okay, no worries.
Actually, whilst it is true that the body will excrete any Vitamin C not being used - it is possible to 'overdose' on Vitamin C. It can cause you to have vomiting and/or diarrhoea and can reduce the amount of copper which is kept by the body. Copper is an essential nutrient and it is important that this balance is not upset.
Daily intake of Vitamin C is recommended at approximately 200-500 mg per day. In a pregnant woman who regularly takes massive amounts (that is between 3000 and 6000mg) there is a slight risk of rebound scurvy in the baby after birth.
The amount you have currently mentioned that you are taking seems fine, so relax.
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Last edited by Aurora; 07-20-2008 at 02:18 AM.
Reason: I realised I left a 0 off the number 3000