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Home arrow Blog arrow NO DEATHS FROM VITAMINS

According to the most recent statistics available from the US National Poisoning and Exposure Database there was not even 1 death caused by vitamins in 2005. In that same year there were over 43,000 adverse drug reactions reported.The 129-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, shows zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from multiple vitamins; and zero deaths from any other vitamin.

Is this an unfair comparison? Maybe the fatalities are low because not enough people take vitamins. Actually, over half of the U.S. population takes daily vitamin supplements. That's approximately 145,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 53 billion doses annually. Many take more than one vitamin so the actual numbers are considerably higher. Given that there is so much inaccurate, anecdotal, and outright dangerous information available it's a true testament of vitamin safety that there are no deaths.

Source: Lai MW, Klein-Schwartz W, Rodgers GC et al. 2005 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' national poisoning and exposure database. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2006; 44(6-7): 803-932.


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