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Vitamins Make My Pee Yellow! Is That Bad?
You recently started taking vitamins and suddenly notice your pee is bright yellow. Sound familiar?
Believe it or not, this happens all the time. While it can be unsettling at first, there is nothing to worry about. Here’s why.
Bright yellow urine is common when taking a vitamin B complex, specifically due to the B2 vitamin, also known as riboflavin. In fact, “flavin” comes from the Latin “flavus” which means yellow. So don’t ditch your daily vitamins yet—they’re actually a vital part of maintaining your overall health.
Why is my pee bright yellow?
B complex vitamins are water soluble, which means they can dissolve in water, so they’re not stored in the body like many other nutrients. Throughout the day, your body will excrete the parts of the vitamin that it doesn’t absorb, often translating to bright yellow urine. This makes it even more important to keep taking the vitamin and replenish your supply every day.
Not everyone will experience bright yellow urine from taking a vitamin B complex. If you do, it’s likely caused by your own digestive capabilities or your specific vitamin supplement. If you notice your urine is more yellow with some vitamin brands compared to others, this might mean you would benefit from a different formulation. At Parsley Health, we encourage pharmaceutical grade supplements in their most bioavailable form to ensure optimal absorption in the intestine. For others, bright yellow urine could be a sign that your body has a more difficult time absorbing these vitamins, often stemming from genetic variations that keep you from using vitamin B as effectively as others.
What does Vitamin B do?
Almost every metabolic process—from breaking down nutrients for energy to hormone production—relies on B vitamins. A vitamin B deficiency can lead to serious side effects like anemia, loss of neurons in your spinal cord and a build up inflammatory amino acids like homocysteine. Additionally, it could impair your liver functioning, making it more difficult to process things in the liver and potentially leading to a build up of toxins.
If you’re peeing them out, do you really need them?
Just because you’re excreting some of your B-vitamins through urination doesn’t mean that your body isn’t absorbing them. Instead, it indicates that your body is taking what it needs and flushing out the excess.
So even if you’re experiencing bright urine, don’t skip your B complex vitamins, they’re extremely important to internal functions that maintain overall health. You can opt for a high quality multivitamin or a methylated B complex.