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Man Hospitalized After Brussels Sprout Overdose

Man Hospitalized After Brussels Sprout Overdose

Vitamin K negated man's anticoagulants

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Even the most healthful foods seem to be trying to kill us now, as a Scotland-dwelling gentleman discovered last Christmas when he was hospitalized after an overdose of Brussels sprouts. Seriously, even Brussels sprouts are dangerous now?

According to the Huffington Post, most of us can snack on the cruciferous vegetables with relative impunity. The man who was hospitalized last year had received a mechanical heart that required him to take anticoagulants. Brussels sprouts contain high amounts of vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting and negated the effects of the man’s blood-thinners.

"Whilst we think this is possibly the first-ever festive admission to hospital caused by the consumption of Brussels sprouts, we were delighted that we were able to stabilize his levels,” said Jill Young, chief executive of the Golden Jubilee Hospital.

The strange story got the man written up in this month’s Medical Journal of Australia, which advised doctors to counsel patients on anticoagulants to avoid overconsumption of vitamin K-rich foods like Brussels sprouts.

But for most people Brussels sprouts are still quite healthful, so check out some of our best Brussels sprout recipes.

10 Unexpected Things You Can Overdose On

The word &ldquooverdose&rdquo typically brings illegal drugs to mind. But it is not only street drugs or the abuse of prescription medications that can overwhelm the body and cause damage or death. Substances that are considered harmless or even healthy can become poisonous when misused.

The items listed below range from benign to beneficial in small amounts but become toxic in higher quantities. These seemingly harmless substances can land you in the hospital&mdashor the morgue&mdashif you overdo it.

How to Reduce Brussels-Sprouts Gas

If you love Brussels sprouts but not the gas they produce, there are options. "To reduce the gas-producing effects of Brussels sprouts, consume them more regularly in small amounts so that your digestive system gets used to breaking them down," says Kenney.

On your way out to a date with that special someone? There's help. The herb peppermint has also been shown to soothe a gassy stomach. "To help alleviate your symptoms, you can try drinking peppermint tea after your meal, which can stimulate digestive juices to improve digestion," Kenney says.

An August 2016 review published in ​Electronic Physician​ discusses the use of peppermint oil for treating IBS in particular. IBS affects the large intestine and causes stomach pain, bloating and gas. Here's why peppermint is beneficial for some people:

  • It reduces gastric motility, the pace at which food moves through the digestive tract.
  • It has an anti-spasm effect on the smooth muscles.
  • It leads to anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity in the small intestine.

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According to the NHS, adults need approximately 1mcg a day of vitamin K for each kilogram of their body weight.

Someone who weighs 65kg would need 65mcg a day of vitamin K, while a person who weighs 75kg would need 75mcg a day.

However, vitamin K counteracts the effects of anticoagulants (blood thinning medication), which some people may need to prevent the occurence of blood clots.

Mayo Clinic advise that those taking the blood-thinning medication Warfarin should carefully monitor their daily vitamin K intake.

Their website explains that “Warfarin is a blood-thinning medication that helps treat and prevent blood clots.

“However, certain foods and beverages can make warfarin less effective in preventing blood clots. It’s important to pay attention to what you eat while taking warfarin.

“One nutrient that can lessen warfarin’s effectiveness is vitamin K. It’s important to be consistent in how much vitamin K you get daily.”


Her healthy chocolate sprouts are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and pack a meagre 20-calorie punch, compared to the gut-busting 120 inside a Cadbury's Creme Egg, exactly the same size.

Tara has also covered grapes, olives, mushrooms, cheese and crabsticks with chocolate

Brussels sprouts have only eight calories, compared to the 120 in a Cadbury's Creme Egg, the same size as Tara's chocolate-dipped sprouts

She said: 'I'm really pleased with the results. It is one of those combinations really shouldn't work but somehow it does.

'They might sound a little strange but trust me they taste pretty good - don't knock them till you've tried them.'

The bite sized balls are the same size as a Cadbury's creme egg but are a guilt-free treat.

Tara added: 'They are a great way of getting children to eat more vegetables. My nieces and nephews love helping me to make them - and then scoffing them afterwards.'

She will be trying the chocolate sprouts on her clients over the Easter weekend at the health club she manages in Swansea.

Tara's recipe involves raw baby sprouts, Green & Blacks cocoa powder and Lindt orange chocolate

Tara showing the inside of her raw chocolate sprout, filled with vitamins instead of caramel

Tara says her chocolate sprouts are a delicious, healthy alternative to calorific caramel-filled eggs at Easter

Foods to Avoid After Surgery

It is just as important to look at which foods are slowing your body’s healing. Food can either be medicine or poison for your body. Although you might be desperately craving a sweet treat, remember that these foods can rob you of a quick healing time and increase your risk of infection.

  1. Added sugars. Food and drink with added sugar offer your taste buds a quick reward. But the added sugar is high in calories and gives your body no nutritional value. You may feel a short burst of energy and alertness but will quickly feel more drained and tired. Bacteria and viruses thrive on sugar, which is one more reason to avoid sugary foods after surgery. You want to keep your body strong since sugar will only weaken your body and strengthen the germs.
  2. Highly processed foods. After surgery, you may have a small appetite and be tempted to indulge in whatever sounds good. Highly processed foods are usually white, sweet and come in a package. Or they are artificially colored. These foods primarily provide your body with carbohydrates. This causes blood sugar spikes and high insulin levels. Both drain your body of energy and the ability to heal. Processed foods are also often stripped of fiber, which helps to keep your bowels moving. After surgery constipation can be a serious and uncomfortable condition. Counter this problem by adding extra vegetables and limiting processed foods in your diet.
  3. Alcohol. You might look forward to having a drink to unwind or relax post-surgery. But alcohol slows down the rate of blood clotting and makes your blood thinner. This can cause your incision to take longer to heal and you will also have an increased risk of bleeding. Alcohol also impairs your immune system, putting you at a higher risk for infection. Following surgery, you will heal faster when there is less swelling. Alcohol causes blood vessels to swell. One of the biggest reasons to avoid alcohol is how it affects your pain levels. You may think that a drink will help you feel better, but alcohol does not mix well with pain medication prescribed by your doctor. It can even be deadly to mix alcohol and pain pills.

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2. Maca may increase your stamina during workouts

Good news if you’re looking to make a new PR: In one small study, eight male cyclists completed a 40-kilometer timed trial, were given maca extract over a 14-day period, and then asked to repeat the trial. According to the study&rsquos authors, maca extract supplementation &ldquosignificantly improved&rdquo the participants&rsquo times. (They also reported increased sexual desire.)
Another study published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology tracked the impact of maca extract on mice during a swim test. The swimming times of the group of mice given the highest dose of maca were &ldquosignificantly prolonged,&rdquo the researchers wrote (basically, they could swim for longer without getting tired), indicating that maca may play a role in combating fatigue during physical activity.

This is a mouse study, so the results aren’t proven to translate directly to humans. But still, it’s pretty exciting stuff, especially if you’re looking for something natural to help you go harder at the gym.

Other Ways to Increase Iron

In addition to increasing your intake of iron-rich foods, it's a good idea to increase your intake of foods that are rich in vitamin C, as well. Vitamin C not only increases the absorption of iron in your gut, it also helps you efficiently metabolize and use the iron that you do absorb.

Rich dietary sources of vitamin C include:

  • Bell peppers (red and green)
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwifruit
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cabbage

You may want to avoid drinking tea with iron-rich meals, too. According to the University of California Berkeley, drinking tea with a meal can decrease iron absorption by as much as 50 percent. That's because compounds in the tea, called tannins, bind to the iron and make it less available to the body. Coffee can also decrease iron absorption, but not as significantly as tea.

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