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Can Vitamin D Cause Heartburn?



Vitamin D does not cause heartburn.

More Info: There is very little evidence to show that Vitamin D causes heartburn. However, excessive doses of Vitamin D does have side effects which can be mild or serious, depending on the amount of overdose.

What Is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin that encourages the absorption and metabolism of the minerals calcium and phosphorous into the intestines. The most common source of vitamin D is sunlight, and adequate exposure to sunlight dispenses with the need to take in dietary supplements containing vitamin D. The food sources of Vitamin D are fish, eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil.

What Is Heartburn?

Statistics show that more than seventy million Americans suffer from heartburn on a yearly basis. Heartburn is characterized by a burning sensation caused by stomach acids, starting from the upper abdomen that makes it way upwards to the chest and eventually to the back of the throat. Occasionally, heartburn is also felt in the jaws, arms and back. Heartburn is commonly triggered by eating or drinking anything that is highly acidic or fatty.

Excessive Vitamin D Intake

According to the Office of Dietary Supplements of the United States National Institutes of Health, excessive vitamin D intake can raise blood levels of calcium. Other symptoms caused by vitamin D overdoes are anorexia, weight loss, polyuria, and heart arrhythmias.

It was also found that postmenopausal women taking supplements containing calcium and vitamin D have an increased risk for kidney stones. at the rate of seventeen percent.

The Link between Vitamin and Heartburn

One study however shows that taking calcium supplements containing vitamin D can cause gastritis, especially when such supplements are taken in between meals. The symptoms of gastritis simulate that of rebound acid production, which feels like heartburn. But the incidence of this is very low.



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