Fat soluble vitamins #378177 - Ask Extension


Fat soluble vitamins #378177

Asked November 26, 2016, 10:50 AM EST


I've read your article at; http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/nutrition-food-safety-health/fat-soluble-vitamins-a-d-e-a... as I've been looking for an answer to the question: How does one flush the excess fat soluble vitamin from the body? Is there a natural substance, such as olive oil, that would carry the excess out of the body quicker?

Thanks for your time,


Harford County Maryland

Expert Response

Not knowing how long the excess fat soluble vitamins have been being consumed or in what form (food or vitamin supplement) I will respond presuming the excess intake has been for more than a few days. Taking more fats will not do anything about removing fat soluble vitamins already stored in the body, in fact, it could do more damage.  I suggest contact your medical care provider as well as a registered dietitian to examine in depth sources of the vitamins, time frame, blood testing and what the concerns might actually be. There is no flushing (research based) that will do anything but harm at this point.

Fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E and K) attach to fats in the digestive system and progress thru the system doing their thing. Excess is stored in the body's fat tissues and liver. Because they are stored (water soluble not as much), over time the accumulation can lead to dangerous levels (hypervitaminosis) and depending on level can cause significant health consequences. Too much Vit. A can lead to liver toxicity or birth defects; E can lead to risk of hemorrhagic, and K can lessen or reverse effect of blood thinner medicines or prevent normal clotting. Vitamin D is one of the more controversial vitamins. " Natural" doesn't mean it can't alter the body's functioning signficiantly When nutrient levels go beyond the tolerable upper limits, vitamins can act like drugs and potential problems can result. Excess calcium is another example of a water soluble mineral that can cause problems as well such as kidney function, constipation, and interfere with absorption of iron and zinc. For this reason overall, more attention has been to not recommend vitamin supplements unless there is a specific reason/need such as pregnancy or identified deficiency.

wendy rice Replied November 29, 2016, 11:08 AM EST

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