Posted on Mar 20, 2012, 6 a.m.
Researchers from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (US) report zero deaths linked to consumption of a variety of vitamins.
It is estimated that approximately half of the US adult population takes dietary supplements. Alvin C. Bronstein, from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (Virginia, USA), and colleagues analyzed reports of poison-related encounters by 2.3 million Americans. Whereas analgesics were involved in 11.5% of human exposures, and sedatives (including sleeping pills and antipsychotic drugs) were involved in 6% of cases, the researchers report that zero deaths were linked to the consumption of vitamins. In particular, the team notes zero deaths from any B vitamins, zero deaths from vitamin D, and zero deaths from the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E.
Alvin C. Bronstein , Daniel A. Spyker , Louis R. Cantilena , Jody L. Green , Barry H. Rumack , Richard C. Dart. “2010 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 28th Annual Report.” Clinical Toxicology December 2011, Vol. 49, No. 10, Pages 910-941: 910-941.