The “Beyond Yourself Multi Athlete” and “Complete Multi Athlete” multivitamins supplements sold in the Montreal area may pose a serious health risk, according to Health Canada.
These multivitamins supplements expose consumers to excessive vitamins A and K doses
Although both products were authorized for sale by the government agency, Health Canada, the government’s officials say these supplements have been sold in several locations in formats that have not been approved.
Thus, the consumers following the instructions on the packaging would be exposed to excessive doses of vitamins A and K. The dosage on multivitamins dispensers located in various health stores is also misleading for the consumers, exposing them to risky doses of vitamins A and K.
The multivitamins supplements were sold in Shop-Sante stores in Laval, Terrebonne, Brossard, and Saint-Jérôme.
Health Canada has since revoked the product license.
Vitamins A and K overdoses effects
The excess of vitamin A can be toxic to people and its manifestations include dry skin, vomiting, alopecia, hypercalcemia, bones demineralization, adenopathy, hyperlipidemia, amenorrhea, increased intracranial tension with papillary edema (cerebral pseudotumor manifestations), or portal hypertension liver fibrosis.
The excess of vitamin K may interfere with certain anticoagulants and also it can lead to anemia due to the destruction of red blood cells in the body. Besides, vitamin K overdose poses for liver poisoning.
Bigger risks for pregnant women
Pregnant women are particularly at risk because high doses of vitamin A can cause birth defects.
On the other hand, too much vitamin K concentration may reduce the effectiveness of some anticoagulants, according to the Health Canad officials.
Health Canada reminds Canadians that it does not allow the sale of natural health products in bulk. They must be wrapped and labeled.
People who have used ‘Beyond Yourself Multi Athlete’ or ‘Complete Multi Athlete’ multivitamins supplements should consult a health professional because these supplements pose a serious health risk, recommends Health Canada.