Vitamins and bright yellow urine. What’s the deal? You’ll often hear that the cause is your body not breaking down the vitamins or not “absorbing” them. But that’s not necessarily the case! Relatively high doses of natural vitamins (riboflavin) can turn the urine yellow.
Here’s why the normal response of “it’s not getting absorbed” isn’t always true:
1. If you don’t break it down (i.e. digest it), then it just ends up in the stool, not the urine.
2. To get to the urine items need to pass from your gastrointestinal tract into circulation. From there, nutrients would travel to the liver and kidneys and next, to the urine.
3. When people say “absorb” they usually mean that the vitamins get into the cells and do what is intended. Since water soluble vitamins like B2 are harmlessly excreted at levels above what is needed, it makes sense to have a little extra rather than not enough.
4. If you have dull, non-awesome bright yellow urine you might need a little more B2.
B vitamins are essential in fighting stress, aiding proper blood circulation, releasing energy from fats, and many more important functions. Your body does not produce B vitamins, it must get them from the foods we eat and supplements. These water soluble vitamins are extremely fragile and need to be replenished daily. When you become sick, tired, or stressed your urine will begin to run clear. At this time, your body needs more B vitamins. A good multi-vitamin or B-complex supplement is the way to go. Don’t worry if you have bright yellow urine. This is the sign that you have an adequate supply of B-vitamins to handle life’s stressful moments!