We’re often told to take a vitamin for one thing or another so we can feel our absolute best. And so we take vitamin so-and-so and the other vitamin our friend recommended that one day at brunch because well, when have vitamins ever been bad for you? Spoiler alert! The truth is that some vitamins, supplements, and minerals can actually do more damage than good when it comes to bladder health. So if you want to keep your bladder nice, right, and tight (no pun intended), then read on to find out how some of the vitamins we think will only do good to our bodies may actually be vitamins to avoid.
#1 Vitamin C: The Most Popular Of Vitamins To Avoid
Vitamin C is one vitamin we read a lot about regarding its benefits to the body. Take vitamin C, and you’ll be healthier, and so on, they say. But one of the things not talked about a lot with this vitamin is its effects on the bladder. Studies suggest that vitamin C supplements may lead to an overactive bladder (AKA gotta-go right now situations) in many women.
However, not all vitamin C is created equal. Apparently, vitamin C that is found naturally in foods may not cause that same gotta-go reaction. Currently, researchers aren’t sure if it’s because the vitamin itself is different or if other nutrients in the foods protect the bladder. Either way, too much vitamin C isn’t a good idea. It’s important to test vitamin C in small doses if you need to take an extra supplement. A pH-balanced version of vitamin C may also be a winner.
#2 Vitamin D (Deficiency)
No, you’re actually not in danger when it comes to too much vitamin D. It’s actually the other way around. A deficiency in vitamin D can weaken the pelvic floor and cause P leaks (we couldn’t help ourselves). Vitamin D can strengthen your bones. This is something we’ve heard about since we were kids. But a deficiency can also prove disastrous when it comes to the very muscles that help hold in your pee. In this case, we don’t want you to avoid vitamin D. You may actually have to add in a vitamin D supplement to get the recommended amounts of this vitamin if your foods just aren’t cutting it.
If you’ve been looking for a supplement that has some added Vitamin D but was designed with your bladder in mind, we’ve got just the thing. Lily Bird’s Bladder Support Supplement was made to help you skip to the loo less at night & say goodbye to the gotta-go.^
Iron? Wait, what? Yes, one of the supplements you hear a lot of benefits for can actually do some damage when it comes to a healthy bladder. It’s been widely known that too much iron can cause constipation, especially when taken in supplements. Ask any pee expert, the straining from constipation is not doing you any good in the bladder area. Constipation can actually cause more leaks as you may struggle to empty your bladder in response. In this case, we typically recommend cutting down on iron supplements. If you’ve started taking them and feel like your bowels just aren’t getting with the program, they may not be the best fit.
#4 Omega 6 Fatty Acids
Omega 6 fatty acids can be found in a lot of foods that use corn or vegetable oils. Basically, a lot of traditional American food. Though it’s important to get a balance of both omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, too much omega 6 can raise your blood pressure and retain water. And if you’ve been in the bladder health crowd for a while now, retaining water is a big no-no.
Water retention can lead to a lot more bladder leaks and worse incontinence. They can even lead to feeling like you can’t fully empty your bladder each time you go. We suggest sticking to omega 6’s prettier sister, omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the chances of heart disease and cancer, and are also commonly more found in natural leafy green veggies and fish.
The Bottom Line Of Vitamins To Avoid
We’re not advocating you give up on supplements. On the contrary, many vitamins and supplements can do some good for your health and make you feel amazing. However, it’s important to note that taking too much of one vitamin or going out of your way to take supplements you don’t need can actually go against your bladder. But no worries, because we’ve got you covered with a supplement that is perfect for your bladder and supporting its holistic health.
Our cranberry and pumpkin supplement, which also features vitamin D (wink wink), can help ease up on your bladder, so you’re not running to the loo every night.^ The cranberry can also help in the UTI department.* So don’t avoid supplements, but make sure you’re accounting for how much of one vitamin or mineral you’re actually intaking. And in the meantime, stock up on Lily Bird’s Bladder Support Supplement! Get started today.
By Jessica Thomas, MPH
^ This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
* Sogabe et al. 2001. Open clinical study of effects of pumpkin seed extract/soybean germ extract mixture containing processed food on nocturia. Jpn J Med Pharm Sci; 46(5): 727-37.