Category Archives: Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamin D has been quite a topic with some of my friends lately. It even became an impromptu nutrition topic in one of my English classes (a good vocabulary work out for the students!). As nutrition is a pet hobby of mine, putting everything together and gathering bits of missing information has been good fun.
The connection between B vitamin complex and stress is well known; although why a good B vitamin complex can reduce stress is less well known. Before discussing the reason why a Vitamin B formula can reduce stress, we shall first have a look at stress and what causes it.
The term means different things to different people, and a stressful situation to one person might not be such to another.
Natural Allergy Remedies?
So you suffer from the misery of allergies, I know the feeling. I have suffered from allergies for over 40 years and I know how debilitating they can be. I wanted to understand what allergies are, and how I could reduce or even eliminate the symptoms naturally.
To encourage optimum health and longevity, it’s important that you get a variety of vitamins daily. Your body absorbs and utilizes vitamins from food sources better than it’s synthetic counterpart. This list, although not a complete list gives you numerous sources of vitamins and minerals from natural food sources.
These facts on vitamin C for oral and topical anti-inflammatory and analgesic use can help you keep moving and stay fit, healthy and vibrant your whole life!
Vitamin B1, a water-soluble vitamin also known as Thiamin, is an important part of the family of B-complex vitamins.
Vitamin B2, also known as Riboflavin or Vitamin G, is a member of the B-complex family. Small amounts of this water soluble vitamin are in practically every type of plant and animal tissue. Vitamin B2 is responsible for several important bodily functions including assisting with the metabolization process of proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
Another important member of the B-complex family, Vitamin B3 facilitates the processes involved with metabolizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates. In addition, over 50 enzymes are able to function properly because of this one vitamin. Niacin, as it’s also called, is one of the more stable vitamins and as such it is able to resist oxidation, heat and alkalies.
Vitamin B5 is part of the family of B-complex vitamins. Also called Pantothenic Acid, this one vitamin is used by literally all of the functions the body performs. Vitamin B5 is a water soluble vitamin and it’s one that’s in abundant supply.
Vitamin B6, also called Pyridoxine or Pyridoxal Phosphate, is the most quickly metabolized member of the B-vitamin family. It too is a water soluble vitamin. Because of its rapid metabolism and solubility, it travels throughout the body very quickly.
Vitamin B9, more commonly referred to as Folic Acid, is a water-soluble member of the B-vitamin family. This vitamin is easily broken down during the cooking process so care must be taken during food preparation. Also, because it’s water soluble, the body can hold on to only small quantities. Since it is constantly being lost during food preparation and via the urine stream, it is important to continually resupply Folic Acid.
Vitamin D, sometimes called Cholecalciferol, is the only vitamin that the body is capable of producing on its own. The only catch is that the body must be exposed to sunlight before it can produce this vitamin. It’s not necessary to worship the sun to reap the vitamin-making benefits. An hour a week is generally enough. All of the body’s other daily requirement of vitamins must come from the diet and/or via supplementation.
The fat soluble Vitamin E is actually a combination of chemical compounds that include alpha-tocopherol. All tissues in the body contain Vitamin E, but the largest quantities are located in the pituitary glands and the suprarenal glands. Since the body does not produce this vitamin, it must rely on the diet or supplementation for its recommended daily requirements.
As a member of the B-complex family of vitamins, Vitamin H is probably better known by its other names, Biotin and Vitamin B7. Vitamin H is a water soluble vitamin which means that the body passes what it does not use through the body via the urine.
Vitamin K is another of the fat soluble vitamins that actually has three forms: phytomenadione, menaquinane and menadione. These three similar compounds are commonly referred to as quinines. Vitamin K is another of the vitamins that the body is able to produce and does so using the bacteria found in the large intestines.
Vitamin P is a water soluble vitamin. It has a crystalline structure and yet it takes on the characteristics of a Bioflavonoid. In the case of Vitamin P, its main function is to keep blood vessels healthy. One way it accomplishes this task is by building up a capillary’s ability to resist bleeding profusely. This helps keep capillaries strong and a stronger blood vessel system is better able to protect itself from disease and infection.
We’ve all heard that it’s necessary to provide our bodies with vitamins and minerals, but few of us understand why. And while vitamins and minerals are very different, the body must have both. One obvious difference is that vitamins, because they contain carbon, are considered organic substances. Minerals lack carbon and therefore are classified as inorganic substances.
Without calcium, the body would be a shapeless mass of skin. In fact, 99% of the body’s calcium can be found in the skeletal system and the teeth.
The body does not require large amounts of copper but nevertheless, this trace mineral is involved with several key bodily functions. That’s why ensuring the body gets an adequate supply is so important. To begin with, copper is a necessary part of the body’s ability to produce hemoglobin. It also works together with iron in the formation of red blood cells.
Fluoride, a trace mineral, is one of the more controversial minerals. Much of the debate surrounding fluoride has to do with whether the benefits of adding fluoride to a municipal drinking water supply outweigh any potential adverse consequences. As always, there are those who feel the consequences are negligible and there are those who feel that any amount added is too much.
Iodine is a trace mineral meaning that while it is an important component of many bodily functions large quantities are not needed to carry out these crucial efforts. In fact, iodine is thought to be such an important mineral that the US government came up with an ingenious way to ensure Americans get an adequate supply: Legislation recommending that iodine be added into table salt was passed.
Without iron, nothing in the world could live. Not humans, not plants, nothing. Iron is the most abundant mineral on earth and it is present in many of the enzymes and proteins that are involved in keeping the body healthy. The body reuses or conserves approximately 90% of its iron each day. The remaining 10% is eliminated and it’s this 10% that must be replenished otherwise the body runs the risk of developing an iron deficiency.
Although it is considered a trace mineral, manganese definitely is one of the more essential minerals where the body is concerned.
If you don’t know what molybdenum is, you’re definitely not the only one. Molybdenum is one of the trace minerals and although the body stores this mineral in most body tissues including the brain, liver, spleen, lungs, kidneys, bones and skin, overall the levels inside the body are not that significant.
Another in the group of Major minerals, most of the Phosphorus inside the body (approximately 80%) can be found in the teeth and the bones. While many people think Calcium is the mineral responsible for ensuring proper bone growth and maintenance, it actually does not perform this task on its own. Calcium works alongside Phosphorous which is why in the bones and teeth, Phosphorus is present as calcium phosphate.
The body does not need a considerable amount of selenium, and that is why it is categorized as a trace mineral. But even though only small amounts are required on a daily basis, selenium is still considered an essential mineral. Here is what is known about the role selenium plays inside the body.
Sodium gets a lot of negative attention so much that unfortunately, people forget that it is classified as a major mineral. Over time, too much sodium leads to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, the development of kidney stones and other types of ailments. The body needs more than 100 milligrams per day to function properly but most people consume far more than is necessary. Luckily, the body is usually able to eliminate the excess.
Although it is considered a trace element, chromium is nonetheless an important mineral that the body must have to function properly. The body stores chromium in the blood and also in the hair.
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is essential to the healthy development of strong bones, teeth, healthy skin and also helps to maintain clear vision. Working together, Vitamin A along with Carotenes which are plant based forms of Vitamin A, carry out many important functions.
Natural antioxidant foods are vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes, seeds, nuts, poultry, fish and some meats.
Vitamin B3 is necessary for cell respiration, helps in the let go of energy and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, proper circulation and healthy skin, functioning of the anxious system, and normal emission of bile and stomach fluids.
We all know that oxygen is a primary component that is needed for life. This very same oxygen, once inside of the body, becomes very reactive through certain molecules and will start to cause damage through the free radicals, which is known as oxidative stress.