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Importance of Vitamins

Most people are confused, to say the least, about vitamin and mineral supplements. Some say, "Why do I need them if I'm eating right? I get all I need in my foods." Others know they should be taking some sort of supplements, but don't know what and end up taking vitamins that may be poorly absorbed and do nothing for them.

So, why take extra supplements? In the early 1940's the government knew that the soil was depleted of minerals. The U.S Department of Agriculture did a study that showed that plants grown on synthetic fertilizers tend to be bigger and heavier merely because they hold more water. But the nutrient value when analyzed showed a significant lower concentration of protein, vitamins and trace elements than organic foods, especially in zinc and manganese. So, eating those "good foods" does not ensure an adequate amount of essential vitamins and minerals even when the diet is "well balanced". What vitamins and other supplements should I take? Each person is unique in their needs for supplements. We offer a blood test called a Body Bio blood profile which can analyze and report specific vitamin, mineral, and other supplemental needs for optimal health.  Click here for more information.

Basic Vitamins:
Vitamin C is widely talked about since Linus Pauling won a noble prize. Vitamin C prevents scurvy in low doses, but to maintain optimum health, it is needed in much larger doses. Clinically it is an extraordinary vitamin in assisting the immune response. In higher doses it becomes anti-viral and is recommended especially around flu season. The vitamin is much more efficient when dosed over the day as it is water soluble and excreted by the kidneys. Ascorbic acid is a synthetic form of Vitamin C and if taken in excess can cause kidney stones. It is better to take a buffered form in powder, mixed with 6 – 8 ounces of water or juice. The dosage depends on the individual need. On average 1 – 3 grams are needed in divided doses three times a day. If too much is taken, the bowels will become loose, then just cut back.
 
Vitamin A soaks up free radicals and enhances the function of lymphocytes. Free radicals have an unpaired electron and attach to cell membranes and enzymes creating damage. Lymphocytes are white blood cells that protect the body from bacteria and viruses. Vitamin A is found as beta-carotene in many yellow, orange, and dark green vegetables. The body will store vitamin A as beta carotene and convert it to vitamin A as needed in the body. This is why it is safer to take beta-carotene as a supplement than vitamin A. A good starting point is 10,000 IU once a day. Food sources are, carrots (as carrot juice), broccoli, spinach, mango, sweet potato, apricots, watermelon, cantaloupe.

B complex is another set of vitamins that work together to have a desired effect. B vitamins act as cofactors in more than sixty essential enzyme reactions. They are crucial in hormone production, nerve conduction, and liver function. They have a role in the transformation of glucose into energy and assist in the absorption and metabolism of other vitamins. The proper production of antibodies is dependent on B vitamins. Magnesium works along with B vitamins in the liver and should be taken with them. Magnesium orotate 400 mg is what is needed once a day in the morning. "B complex 50" or more should be taken with each meal, along with Vitamin C. "B complex 50" means that any of the B vitamins are 50 mg or more. Vitamin B is often made from yeast, so if yeasts are a problem, be careful to purchase a yeast-free vitamin B complex.

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