Saturday, February 28, 2009

Watch those supplements

Did you know that taking calcium supplements together with Vitamin C supplements can lead to kidney stones?

The most common form of kidney stones are formed from Calcium Oxalate. "Vitamin C: When vitamin C is used by the body, oxalate is produced. Therefore, if the physician has recommended reducing oxalate in the diet, taking vitamin C supplements may not be a good idea. It should be discussed with the physician. " -

This can cause problems worse than pain. For example, a stone can become large enough to obstruct an entire kidney, causing kidney failure on that side. This can go on for years unnoticed, as just happened to someone I know.


Quiskaeya said...

That is truly scare. Thank you for this PSA.

Btw- I'm a MBC member too. I wanted to let you know that I have subscribed to you in google reader now. Thanks.

AndreaLeigh said...

I didn't! Thanks for sharing.

Veronica Lee said...

I used to take lots of Vitamin C with calcium supplements and then I had gall bladder stones. I wonder if it's the cause.

pam said...

I had no idea!!

Annette Piper said...

Ouch! Thanks for that info.