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Being a full time parent, student or employee can take a toll on your whole wellbeing. At some point in our busy lives we wish we had the time to eat well balanced meals. Unless we are preparing for a special occasion to fit that great outfit or toning up to change our routine lifestyle, we are seldom conscious about good nutrition. When we give our bodies what it needs to function effectively, we feel better about whom we are as a whole.

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Blood Sugar

Vitamin C
Vitamin C has been shown to nutritionally help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Magnesium is involved in helping maintain healthy glucose metabolism (1). Many Americans tend to fall below the RDA for magnesium intake by 70-80mg. Many experts feel the RDA for magnesium needs to be significantly increased from the current level of 350mg to as much as 700mg per day.

1 Elamin A, et al. Magnesium and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 1990;10(3):203-9.

The influence of chromium on helping maintain healthy blood sugar was first recognized in animal studies in the 1950s. In the 1970s, chromium's importance was discovered. Various studies support that chromium has a positive effect on helping maintain healthy blood glucose levels (3).

Several groups are at risk for reduced chromium levels. First of all, most Americans are at risk because of a diet rich in refined sugars. Individuals who eat diets high in refined sugars tend to excrete 300 percent more chromium in their urine than those whose diets are low in refined sugars. People who exercise regularly excrete two to six times the normal amount of chromium in their urine on days of exercise (5). Many athletes compound this problem with high-carbohydrate supplements. The elderly also tend to be at risk due to reduced absorption and inadequate intake of chromium. It is interesting to note that women tend to have a drop in chromium levels during the third trimester of pregnancy (6).

There is a great deal of controversy over what is the best chromium to use. Chromium is biologically active only in the trivalent state in which it forms complexes with organic compounds. The most important of these complexes is glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which is comprised of trivalent chromium, niacin, glycine, glutamic acid, and cysteine. Organically bound GTF chromium is thought to be safe and well tolerated.

Chromium picolinate is another popular form of chromium that has helped maintain healthy blood sugar regulation (7). The majority of evidence points to the safety of the picolinate form.

With lifestyle and dietary changes, there may not be a need for an aggressive chromium dosage.

3 Studies presented at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. San Francisco, CA. 1996.
4 Vincent JB. Mechanisms of chromium action: low-molecule-weight chromium-binding substance. J Am Coll Nutr. 1999;18(1):6-12.
5 Anderson RA. Chromium as an essential nutrient for humans. Reg Tox Pharmacol. 1997;26:S35-S46.
6 Saner G. Urinary chromium excretion during pregnancy and its relationship with intravenous glucose loading. Am J Clin Nutr. Sep1981;34(9):1676-9.
7 Evans GW. The effect of chromium picolinate on insulin controlled parameters in humans. Int J Biosocial Med Research. 1989;11(2):163-80.


Gymnema is a rain forest vine found in Central and Southern India, which has a long tradition in nutritionally supporting healthy blood glucose levels. The Indian name is Gurmar, which means, "sugar destroyer." Its use has been documented in Ayurvedic medical texts for over 2,000 years in the treatment of "sweet urine." Gymnema is gaining popularity with clinicians utilizing natural therapy protocols for helping maintaining healthy blood glucose levels.

Gymnema reportedly produced blood glucose homeostasis and increased the activity of the enzymes involved in the utilization of glucose pathways (40).

Gymnema has also been reported to selectively suppress the neural responses to sweet taste stimuli (44),(45),(46). Because gymnema leaf powder has an anesthetizing effect on the taste buds which can last for several hours, some researchers feel that gymnema may be a potential agent in helping maintain healthy body weight and sweet cravings (47). Gymnema may potentially be used in athletes to develop a higher ratio of lean muscle mass to body fat. Another study found that gymnema was effective in supporting a healthy body weight (49).

40 Shanmugasundaram KR, et al. Enzyme Changes and Glucose Utilization in Diabetic Rabbits: The Effect of Gymnema sylvestre, R.Br. J Ethnopharmacol. Mar1983;7(2):205-34.
41 Baskaran K, et al. Antidiabetic Effect of a Leaf Extract from Gymnema Sylvestre in Non-insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus Patients. J Ethnopharmacol. Oct1990;30(3):295-300.
42 Shanmugasundaram ER, et al. Use of Gymnema sylvestre Leaf Extract in the Control of Blood Glucose in Insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus. J Ethnopharmacol. Oct1990;30(3):281-94.
43 Shimizu K, et al. Suppression of Glucose Absorption by Extracts From the Leaves of Gymnema inodorum. J Vet Med Sci. Sep1997;59(9):753-57.
44 Kamei K, et al. Amino Acid Sequence of Sweet-taste-suppressing Peptide (Gurmarin) from the Leaves of Gymnema sylvestre. J Biochem (Tokyo). Jan1992;111(1):109-12.
45 Imoto T, et al. A Novel Peptide Isolated from the Leaves of Gymnema sylvestre - I. Characterization and Its Suppressive Effect on the Neural Responses to Sweet Taste Stimuli in the Rat. Comp Biochem Physiol A. 1991;100(2):309-14.
46 Kurihara Y. Characteristics of Anti-sweet Substances, Sweet Proteins, and Sweetness-inducing Proteins. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 1992;32(3):231-52.
47 Brala PM, et al. Effects of Sweetness Perception and Caloric Value of a Preload on Short Term Intake. Physiol Behav. Jan1983;30(1):1-9.
49 Preuss HG, Bagchi D, Bagchi M, Rao CV, Dey DK, Satyanarayana S. Effects of a natural extract of (-)-hydroxycitric acid (HCA-SX) and a combination of HCA-SX plus niacin-bound chromium and Gymnema sylvestre extract on weight loss. Diabetes Obes Metab. May2004;6(3):171-80.

Bitter Melon
Bitter melon or karela fruit has long been used in South American and the Orient as not only a food but also to nutritionally support the body in many healthful ways. It is recommended that a standardized extract of bitter melon always be used.

Evening Primrose (Omega Fatty Acids)
Evening primrose oil (EPO) is rich in gamma-linolenic acid which is an omega-6 fatty acid (30), (31). Supplementation with essential fatty acids such as EPO has been reported to help maintain healthy zinc levels (32). Fatty acids are an important part of normal homeostasis. The human body can produce all but two fatty acids - omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Both must be obtained through the diet or by the use of supplements. Obtaining a balance of these two fatty acids is essential. Essential fatty acids are needed for helping maintain healthy cell membranes. Modern diets tend to be lacking in quality sources of fatty acids.

30 Chapkin RS, et al. Dietary Influences of Evening Primrose and Fish Oil on the Skin of Essential Fatty Acid-deficient Guinea Pigs. J Nutr. 1987;117(8):1360-70.
31 Dutta-Roy AK, et al. Effects of Linoleic and Gamma-linolenic Acids (Efamol Evening Primrose Oil) on Fatty Acid-binding Proteins of Rat Liver. Mol Cell Biochem. 1990;98(1-2):177-82.
32 Dib A, et al. Effects of Gamma-linolenic Acid Supplementation on Pregnant Rats Fed a Zinc-deficient Diet. Ann Nutr Meta. 1987;31(5):312-19.

Fish Oil
Fish oil is shown to support the body nutritionally for several reasons. Fish oil is derived from the tissues of oily fish and naturally contains the Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Fish oil is recommended for a helping maintain a healthy diet.

This is another trace element used to help nutritionally support the body's healthy blood glucose levels. It's an important component of some enzymes.


Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient and important for maintaining optimal health. It is used by the body for many purposes including the nutritional support of healthy cholesterol levels. Vitamin C is shown to be needed for helping maintain healthy collagen in connective tissue. It is an important antioxidant.


Garlic has been reported to nutritionally support healthy cholesterol levels (83),(84),(85). The impact of processing is an important fact to keep in mind when recommending garlic supplements. Changes can occur in the active constituents when exposed to cooking or other processing which can render the garlic product virtually ineffective. Cooking is known to denature proteins and therefore may inactivate the enzyme (allinase) that is necessary in converting alliin into allicin, the major bio-active constituent in garlic.

Also, research has reported that allinase may be irreversibly inhibited by stomach acid and may fail to form adequate amounts of allicin or other thiosulfinates below pH 3.6 (96),(97). Recommending a quality garlic supplement is essential, and enteric coating may be advantageous.

83 Ernst E. Cardioprotection and Garlic. Lancet. 1997;349(9045):131.
84 Steiner M, et al. A Double-blind Crossover Study in Moderately Hypercholesterolemic Men that Compared the Effect of Aged Garlic Extract and Placebo Administration on Blood Lipids. Am J Clin Nutr. 1996;64(6):866-70.
85 Agarwal KC. Therapeutic Actions of Garlic Constituents. Med Res Rev. 1996;16(1):111-24.

Magnesium is a key mineral for nutritionally supporting healthy cardiovascular health. Magnesium also is shown to increase oxygenation of the heart muscle by supporting healthy cardiac contractibility (43). It is important for living organisms.

Green vegetables such as spinach provide magnesium because the center of the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium. Nuts, seeds, and some whole grains are also sources of magnesium. Daily needs for magnesium are not usually met from a single food. Therefore, it's important to eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits and vegetables to help ensure adequate intake of magnesium (42).

43 Gaby AR. Magnesium: an inexpensive, safe, and effective treatment for cardiovascular disease. J Advancement Med. 1988;1:179-181.

Selenium's protective mechanisms include selenium's role in the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which helps supports the body's ability to remove hydrogen peroxide and lipid peroxides.

Ginger is an important herb for helping maintain a healthy heart and is used extensively as a spice in many areas of the world. Ayurvedic physicians suggest that eating a little bit of ginger every day will help to the body by nutritionally supporting healthy cholesterol. Ginger's healthy heart supporting attributes are similar to that of garlic.

This ayurvedic herb is derived from a type of myrrh tree. It has been shown to nutritionally support healthy blood-fat levels and has been shown to nutritionally support healthy HDL's, the so-called "good cholesterol." Note: Do not use this herb if you have a thyroid disorder and as always, check with your doctor before changing your diet or exercise program.

Dr. George Jacob Heart Infocenter Holistic

Vitamin E
Vitamin E refers to a group of 8 natural compounds alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-tocopherols and tocotrienols. The body does not manufactur vitamin E.; it must be provided by foods and supplements. Thetocopherols and tocotrienols found in natural vitamin E are proven antioxidants. Vitamin E nutritionally supports the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Richard N. Ash, MD

Tumeric Root Extract
Recent studies suggest turmeric nutritionally supports healthy blood cholesterol levels

Health Journal

Researchers have discovered that maintaining healthy chromium levels nutritionally supports a healthy cholesterol level in the body for both HDL levels and LDL levels.

Copper is essential in higher plants and animals. When copper is first absorbed in the gut, it is moved to the liver, bound to albumin. It's found in a variety of enzymes and is shown to be used for biological electron transport (1).


Additional research done on the nutrients:

Lipase supports a healthy body's ability to hydrolyzes triglycerides to fatty acids and glycerol.

Turmeric root extract (standardized for 95% curcuminoids) 60.00 mg 10.000 CURCUMIN ROOT EXTRACT 95%

Curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin have antioxidant activity. The curcuminoids have been found to have a number of antioxidant activities, including scavenging of such reactive oxygen species as superoxide anions and hydrogen peroxide, which nutritionally supports healthy LDL levels. The reduced derivative of curcumin, tetrahydrocurcumin, has been found to have even stronger antioxidant activity. Tetrahydrocurcumin may be formed from curcumin following ingestion; however, this is unclear.


Turmeric root extract
Curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin have antioxidant activity. The curcuminoids have been found to have a number of antioxidant activities, including scavenging of such reactive oxygen species as superoxide anions and hydrogen peroxide, inhibition of lipid peroxidation and inhibition of the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL). The reduced derivative of curcumin, tetrahydrocurcumin, has been found to have even stronger antioxidant activity. Tetrahydrocurcumin may be formed from curcumin following ingestion; however, this is unclear.

The study appeared in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition (135:1745-51, 2005).

In the June issue of Clinical Drug Investigations, Drs. P.R. Usha and M.U.R. Naidu report that MSM nutritionally supported healthy joint function.

As a key antioxidant, vitamin E appears to play a modest but notable role in helping maintain a healthy body. It may even nutritionally support the body in the aging process. According to test-tube studies, the tocotrienols (alpha-tocotrienol, specifically) appear to be the most powerful of the vitamin E antioxidants. The Cirulatory system, the joints, the nervous system, healthy cholesterol levels, the immune system, and memory are also believed to be nutritionally supported by Vitamin E.


It has been shown to nutritionally support the intestines and help maintain the healthy production of saliva, digestive juices, and bile. It nutritionally supports the body in many areas including circulation health and digestion.

Oligomeric proanthocyanidin

Grape seed extract:

Oligomeric proanthocyanidins or OPCs are a class of flavonoid complexes found in grape seeds and skin, that act as antioxidants (free radical scavengers) in the human body. Thus, OPCs may play a key role in nutritionally supporting normal body metabolic processes.

Additionally, studies have shown that OPCs may nutritionally support healthy cardiovascular health. A number of grape seed oil vendors have claimed that grape seed oil is high in OPCs. However, independent studies have indicated that grape seed oil is actually the grape product with the lowest concentration of OPCs. This is because OPCs are polar molecules, which have very low solubility in nonpolar solvents such as oils. However, OPCs are available from fresh grapes, grape juice, and red wine.

"Proanthocyanidins -also called "OPCs" for oligomeric proanthocyanidins and "PCOs" for procyanicolic oligomers are a class of nutrients belonging to the bioflavonoid family. Some researchers also call these molecules "pycnogenol." The main functions of proanthocyanidins are antioxidant activity, helping maintain healthy collagen, and maintenance of healthy elastin-two critical proteins in connective tissue, blood vessels and muscle.

The most common antioxidants currently used are vitamin C and vitamin E; however, studies show that proanthocyanidins antioxidant capabilities are 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times more potent than vitamin E! An important supplement, the proanthocyanidins found in pine bark and grape seed extract work to help maintain healthy blood vessels and healthy delivery of oxygen to the cells. Doctor recommended as anti-oxidants, they have become increasingly more important as our environment deteriorates through the introduction of toxins from pollution. Although bioflavonoids are widespread in nature, the powerful proanthocyanidin compound is most abundant and available from the bark of the maritime pine and in grape seeds, or pips.

Proanthocyanidins help to maintain healthy collagen. All cells connect to one another with strong fibers called collagen. The breakdown of collagen is what causes our skin to lose its elasticity, which in turn causes wrinkles. Proanthocyanidins are also taken as an oral cosmetic to nutritionally support healthy skin. Proanthocyanidins serve to support the body's immune system. The production of free radicals is increased because of today's environment. Tobacco smoke, alcohol, solvents, chemicals and more cause free radicals to form. Since proanthocyanidins support the body's ability to eliminate free radicals, they nutritionally support our immune system.

Glucosamine Sulfate
In North America, the medical profession until recently took a more guarded view of glucosamine research, which has largely been performed in Europe and Asia. Concerns over research methodology and the validity of clinical findings have been raised, but it has been widely accepted that glucosamine is highly bioavailable (26 percent bioavailability after first pass through the liver to enter the bloodstream).


Recent results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999 indicate that an estimated 61 percent of U.S. adults are overweight.1

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CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition (December 2000, V12) established that the natural dietary supplement conjugated linoleic Acid (CLA) reduces body fat. Jan Wadstein, MD, PhD, associate professor at Lund University in Sweden states, "CLA may be valuable weight management supplement to any diet regimen. Keeping lean body mass and speeding up fat loss are the keys to a successful weight program."3

Garcinia Cambogia
Another supplement essential for weight loss is natural organic acid extract from the rind of the Malabar tamarind called Garcinia Cambogia. This compound has been associated with gradual decrease in body fat, nutritionally supporting healthy cholesterol levels, and suppressing hunger cravings frequently. A study performed by Katts, et al, concluded the administration of Garcinia Cambogia reduced deposition of body fat and promoted increased weight loss in human subjects.4 Citrin K is a proprietary formula proven to suppress appetite. The best and most researched form of Garcinia Cambogia can be found in our proprietary blend called Citrin K. Citrin K also supplies potassium, which plays a major role in maintaining the body's fluid balance. There are other forms of Garcinia Cambogia on the market, but they don't have the potency guarantee that Citrin K does.

Other micronutrients needed to support body fat metabolism include vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and zinc and our patented form of chromium. Our supplement will supply you with the highest quality of whole food vitamins and amino acid chelated minerals helping to nutritionally support a healthy metabolism, further enhancing your results.

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shantihhh's picture
If one eats a well balanced diet you do not need such as these types of suppliments. Just ask your doctor. One thing most don't know is that none of these suppliments or vitamins are controlled by the FDA. So you say, but what this means is that there is no regulation as to if they contain exactly what they say and if they are the same every batch! My daughter is expecting a baby and her gyn will not have his patient take over the counter prenatal vitamins!!!! He has his patients take a perscription form of pre-natals to ensure that the vitamins are as they claim. Just ask your doctor! I asked our pharmacist about some vitamins sold at Costco and he is an employee of Costco and said do NOT waste your money. Interesting, eh?
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Shantihh is right - vitamins are not currently FDA approved, and their restrictions are pretty loose. It's a money making market! You don't need vitamins to survive. If you eat a variety of different foods, your body will get what it needs. -Jojo
Health.and.Love's picture This is NOT a money making market. This product actually works for me. I informed the company about my success, they offered me opportunity to inform people about the product and I took it. Feeling better, energize, and weight is going down. Just looking to help at least one person.
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With my eating habits I can probably use this tell me more !!! Long hours eating late Help............................ The Tortilla Guy
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Why have you posted the same entry 3 times? Such activities have been reported as spam by our community. You will be banned from the site if we continue to recive such complains. With Regards, Admin
Health.and.Love's picture ATTENTION: It was posted 3 times because my computer was slow at the moment. I pressed "Post comment" 3 times so I can post. After internet starting working, I noticed it posted 3 times. I do not know how to delete the other two. Thank you.
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This person is spamming every group I read with their sales pitch for their vitamins Not kewl!
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The Tortilla Guy Just an FYI to all and which I found on the net and is interesting: sometimes you do need vitamins this was from Medical Encyclopedia on Vitamins Definition Vitamins are organic components in food that are needed in very small amounts for growth and for maintaining good health. The vitamins include vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin K, or the fat-soluble vitamins, and folate (folic acid), vitamin B12, biotin, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin C (ascorbic acid), or the water-soluble vitamins. Vitamins are required in the diet in only tiny amounts, in contrast to the energy components of the diet. The energy components of the diet are sugars, starches, fats, and oils, and these occur in relatively large amounts in the diet. Most of the vitamins are closely associated with a corresponding vitamin deficiency disease. Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets, a disease of the bones. Vitamin E deficiency occurs only very rarely, and causes nerve damage. Vitamin A deficiency is common throughout the poorer parts of the world, and causes night blindness. Severe vitamin A deficiency can result in xerophthalamia, a disease which, if left untreated, results in total blindness. Vitamin K deficiency results in spontaneous bleeding. Mild or moderate folate deficiency is common throughout the world, and can result from the failure to eat green, leafy vegetables or fruits and fruit juices. Folate deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia, which is characterized by the presence of large abnormal cells called megaloblasts in the circulating blood. The symptoms of megaloblastic anemia are tiredness and weakness. Vitamin B12 deficiency occurs with Essential Vitamins Vitamin What It Does For The Body Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) Promotes growth and repair of body tissues; reduces susceptibility to infections; aids in bone and teeth formation; maintains smooth skin Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin) Promotes growth and muscle tone; aids in the proper functioning of the muscles, heart, and nervous system; assists in digestion of carbohydrates Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) Maintains good vision and healthy skin, hair, and nails; assists in formation of antibodies and red blood cells; aids in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism Vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide) Reduces cholesterol levels in the blood; maintains healthy skin, tongue, and digestive system; improves blood circulation; increases energy Vitamin B-5 Fortifies white blood cells; helps the body's resistance to stress; builds cells Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine) Aids in the synthesis and breakdown of amino acids and the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates; supports the central nervous system; maintains healthy skin Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin) Promotes growth in children; prevents anemia by regenerating red blood cells; aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins; maintains healthy nervous system Biotin Aids in the metabolism of proteins and fats; promotes healthy skin Choline Helps the liver eliminate toxins Folic Acid (Folate, Folacin) Promotes the growth and reproduction of body cells; aids in the formation of red blood cells and bone marrow Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) One of the major antioxidants; essential for healthy teeth, gums, and bones; helps to heal wounds, fractures, and scar tissue; builds resistance to infections; assists in the prevention and treatment of the common cold; prevents scurvy Vitamin D Improves the absorption of calcium and phosphorous (essential in the formation of healthy bones and teeth) maintains nervous system Vitamin E A major antioxidant; supplies oxygen to blood; provides nourishment to cells; prevents blood clots; slows cellular aging Vitamin K (Menadione) Prevents internal bleeding; reduces heavy menstrual flow the failure to consume meat, milk or other dairy products. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes megaloblastic anemia and, if severe enough, can result in irreversible nerve damage. Niacin deficiency results in pellagra. Pellagra involves skin rashes and scabs, diarrhea, and mental depression. Thiamin deficiency results in beriberi, a disease resulting in atrophy, weakness of the legs, nerve damage, and heart failure. Vitamin C deficiency results in scurvy, a disease that involves bleeding. Specific diseases uniquely associated with deficiencies in vitamin B6, riboflavin, or pantothenic acid have not been found in the humans, though persons who have been starving, or consuming poor diets for several months, might be expected to be deficient in most of the nutrients, including vitamin B6, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid. Some of the vitamins serve only one function in the body, while other vitamins serve a variety of unrelated functions. Hence, some vitamin deficiencies tend to result in one type of defect, while other deficiencies result in a variety of problems. Purpose People are treated with vitamins for three reasons. The primary reason is to relieve a vitamin deficiency, when one has been detected. Chemical tests suitable for the detection of all vitamin deficiencies are available. The diagnosis of vitamin deficiency is often aided by visual tests, such as the examination of blood cells with a microscope, the x ray examination of bones, or a visual examination of the eyes or skin. A second reason for vitamin treatment is to prevent the development of an expected deficiency. Here, vitamins are administered even with no test for possible deficiency. One example is vitamin K treatment of newborn infants to prevent bleeding. Food supplementation is another form of vitamin treatment. The vitamin D added to foods serves the purpose of preventing the deficiency from occurring in persons who may not be exposed much to sunlight and who fail to consume foods that are fortified with vitamin D, such as milk. Niacin supplementation prevents pellagra, a disease that occurs in people who rely heavily on corn as the main source of food, and who do not eat much meat or milk. In general, the American food supply is fortified with niacin. A third reason for vitamin treatment is to reduce the risk for diseases that may occur even when vitamin deficiency cannot be detected by chemical tests. One example is folate deficiency. The risk for cardiovascular disease can be slightly reduced for a large fraction of the population by folic acid supplements. And the risk for certain birth defects can be sharply reduced in certain women by folic acid supplements. Vitamin treatment is important during specific diseases where the body's normal processing of a vitamin is impaired. In these cases, high doses of the needed vitamin can force the body to process or utilize it in the normal manner. One example is pernicious anemia, a disease that tends to occur in middle age or old age, and impairs the absorption of vitamin B12. Surveys have revealed that about 0.1% of the general population, and 2-3% of the elderly, may have the disease. If left untreated, pernicous anemia leads to nervous system damage. The disease can easily be treated with large oral daily doses of vitamin B12 (hydroxocobalamin) or with monthly injections of the vitamin. Vitamin supplements are widely available as over-the-counter products. But whether they work to prevent or curtail certain illnesses, particularly in people with a balanced diet, is a matter of debate and ongoing research. For example, vitamin C is not proven to prevent the common cold. Yet, millions of people take it for that reason. Ask a physician or pharmacist for more information on the appropriate use of multivitamin supplements. Precautions Vitamin A and vitamin D can be toxic in high doses. Side effects range from dizziness to kidney failure. Ask a physician or pharmacist about the correct use of a multi-vitamin supplement that contains these vitamins. Description Vitamin treatment is usually done in three ways: by replacing a poor diet with one that supplies the recommended dietary allowance, by consuming oral supplements, or by injections. Injections are useful for persons with diseases that prevent absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Oral vitamin supplements are especially useful for persons who otherwise cannot or will not consume food that is a good vitamin source, such as meat, milk or other dairy products. For example, a vegetarian who will not consume meat may be encouraged to consume oral supplements of vitamin B12. Treatment of genetic diseases which impair the absorption or utilization of specific vitamins may require megadoses of the vitamin throughout one's lifetime. Megadose means a level of about 10-1,000 times greater than the RDA. Pernicious anemia, homocystinuria, and biotinidase deficiency are three examples of genetic diseases which are treated with megadoses of vitamins. Preparation The diagnosis of a vitamin deficiency usually involves a blood test. An overnight fast is usually recommended as preparation prior to withdrawal of the blood test so that vitamin-fortified foods do not affect the test results. Aftercare The response to vitamin treatment can be monitored by chemical tests, by an examination of red blood cells or white blood cells, or by physiological tests, depending on the exact vitamin deficiency. Risks Few risks are associated with vitamin treatment. Any possible risks depend on the vitamin and the reason why it was prescribed. Ask a physician or pharmacist about how and when to take vitamin supplements, particularly those that have not been prescribed by a physician. Resources BOOKS Brody, Tom. Nutritional Biochemistry. San Diego: Academic Press, 1998. Combs, Gerald. The Vitamins. San Diego: Academic Press, 1992. Food and Nutrition Board. Recommended Dietary Allowances. 10th ed. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1989. [Article by: Tom Brody, PhD]
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More Info : Facts about Antioxidant Vitamins This material is also available as an MS-Word document. Facts about Antioxident Vitamins Atherosclerosis (the narrowing of the walls of the coronary arteries) is caused by a build up of fatty material called atheroma. Atheroma develops when LDL cholesterol undergoes a chemical process known as "oxidation" and is taken up by cells in the coronary artery walls, which then starts to narrow the lumen of the artery, Antioxidant vitamins are a group of dietary substances which protect cells and tissues from oxidative damage. They operate by neutralising the damaging effects of unstable compounds called "free radicals", which are naturally produced in the body and also derived from outside sources (such as cigarette smoking). These vitamins are divided into two groups: fat soluble and water soluble. The MRC/BHF Heart Protection Study (HPS) is investigating a combination of two fat soluble vitamins, vitamin E and beta-carotene, and the most important water soluble vitamin, vitamin C. HPS volunteers are taking two vitamin pills a day (or matching dummy "placebo" pills). These contain a total of 600 mg of vitamin E, 20 mg of beta-carotene (which can be converted to vitamin A according to requirements) and 250 mg of vitamin C. Volunteers were not asked to avoid taking other sources of the vitamins, apart from vitamin E supplements in doses over 100 mg a day. Evidence from observational studies suggests that people with higher intakes of these vitamins from their diets have lower rates of various diseases, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and cataracts. Vitamin E is the major antioxidant in LDL particles, and it may affect other processes that occur in atherosclerosis. Vitamin E is found in vegetable fats and oils (e.g. corn, safflower and canola oils, margarine, nuts, seeds and wheat germ), and in green leafy vegetables (e.g. lettuce) to a lesser degree. It is stored in the body in fat tissue and the membranes of all cells. No adverse side-effects have been seen in healthy people at intakes of vitamin E up to 2,000 mg per day. Beta-carotene can also function as a fat soluble antioxidant and is carried with vitamin E in the fatty cores of the LDL particles. Numerous observational studies have suggested that people with higher levels of beta-carotene are at reduced risk of vascular disease and cancer. However no reduction in cardiovascular disease or cancer has been seen recently in two large primary prevention trials. Vitamin C is a major water soluble antioxidant in the blood stream. It can also regenerate vitamin E from its oxidized state back to its active state (so its combination with vitamin E may be more effective than either alone). Vitamin C is required for the production of a number of important substances in the body, including collagen and some hormones. Animal studies have suggested that it is capable of reversing atherosclerosis. Higher vitamin C levels have been linked to lower risk for cataracts, certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, stroke, asthma and obstructive pulmonary disease. There is a strong rationale that vitamin C may reduce risk for cardiovascular disease via several mechanisms, including inhibition of oxidation of LDL and improvement in function of the layer of cells which line the blood vessels and heart (the endothelium). Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and is found in fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits, tomatoes, and potatoes are major sources. Vitamin C is non-toxic at the doses usually taken. The Tortilla Guy
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Fifteen facts you probably never knew about vitamin D and sunlight exposure. (Compiled by Mike Adams, based on an interview with Dr. Michael Holick, author, The UV Advantage) Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and even effects diabetes and obesity. Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That's probably because it's free: your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin. Drug companies can't sell you sunlight, so there's no promotion of its health benefits. Truth is, most people don't know the real story on vitamin D and health. So here's an overview taken from an interview between Mike Adams and Dr. Michael Holick. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight. The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. So you don't generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or home. It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D in your own body. A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get minimum levels of vitamin D into their diet. The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to the sun in order to generate vitamin D. Canada, the UK and most U.S. states are far from the equator. People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 - 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D. That's why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men -- it's a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency. Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless. Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin D supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild the body's bones and nervous system. Even weak sunscreens (SPF=8) block your body's ability to generate vitamin D by 95%. This is how sunscreen products actually cause disease -- by creating a critical vitamin deficiency in the body. It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs. If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum, you may be suffering from chronic vitamin D deficiency right now. Vitamin D is "activated" in your body by your kidneys and liver before it can be used. Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body's ability to activate circulating vitamin D. The sunscreen industry doesn't want you to know that your body actually needs sunlight exposure because that realization would mean lower sales of sunscreen products. Even though vitamin D is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in your body, your body makes it absolutely free. No prescription required. On the issue of sunlight exposure, by the way, it turns out that super antioxidants greatly boost your body's ability to handle sunlight without burning. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful "internal sunscreens" and can allow you to stay under the sun twice as long without burning. Other powerful antioxidants with this ability include the superfruits like Acai, Pomegranates (POM Wonderful juice), blueberries, etc. Diseases and conditions cause by vitamin D deficiency: Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin D, which greatly impairs calcium absorption. Sufficient vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia. "Rickets" is the name of a bone-wasting disease caused by vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate type 2 diabetes and impair insulin production in the pancreas. Obesity impairs vitamin D utilization in the body, meaning obese people need twice as much vitamin D. Vitamin D is used around the world to treat Psoriasis. Vitamin D deficiency causes schizophrenia. Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight. Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains. Your risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes and cancer is reduced 50% - 80% through simple, sensible exposure to natural sunlight 2-3 times each week. Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation (2000 units daily) have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years. Shocking Vitamin D deficiency statistics: 32% of doctors and med school students are vitamin D deficient. 40% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient. 42% of African American women of childbearing age are deficient in vitamin D. 48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are vitamin D deficient. Up to 60% of all hospital patients are vitamin D deficient. 76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin D deficient, causing widespread vitamin D deficiencies in their unborn children, which predisposes them to type 1 diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia later in life. 81% of the children born to these mothers were deficient. Up to 80% of nursing home patients are vitamin D deficient. What you can do: Sensible exposure to natural sunlight is the simplest, easiest and yet one of the most important strategies for improving your health. I urge you to read the book, "The UV Advantage" by Dr. Michael Holick to get the full story on natural sunlight. You can find this book at most local bookstores or through,, etc. Note: This is not a paid endorsement or an affiliate link. I recommend it because of its great importance in preventing chronic disease and enhancing health without drugs or surgery. This may be the single most important book on health you ever read. If more people understood this information, we could drastically reduce the rates of chronic disease in this country and around the world. Sunlight exposure is truly one of the most powerful healing therapies in the world, far surpassing the best efforts of today's so-called "advanced medicine." There is no drug, no surgical procedure, and no high-tech procedure that comes even close to the astonishing healing power of natural sunlight. And you can get it free of charge. That's why nobody's promoting it, of course. ### About the author: Mike Adams is a natural health author and technology pioneer with a passion for teaching people how to improve their health He has authored more than 1,500 articles and dozens of reports, guides and interviews on natural health topics, impacting the lives of millions of readers around the world who are experiencing phenomenal health benefits from reading his articles. Adams is a trusted, independent journalist who receives no money or promotional fees whatsoever to write about other companies' products. In 2007, Adams launched EcoLEDs, a maker of energy efficient LED lights that greatly reduce CO2 emissions. He also launched an online retailer of environmentally-friendly products ( and uses a portion of its profits to help fund non-profit endeavors. He's also a veteran of the software technology industry, having founded a personalized mass email software product used to deliver email newsletters to subscribers. Adams is currently the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and regularly pursues cycling, nature photography, Capoeira and Pilates. The Tortilla Guy
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