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Vitamin and Minerals

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Like all other kinds of nutrition, vitamins and minerals are also immensely important for a human body. People care about their protein intake as well as intakes of fiber, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, water and many other things but minerals are often ignored. Only a very few people know and care about the requirement of minerals in the body. Vitamins are important to and required by all living things but only in minute amounts. Different creatures would require different vitamins. For instance, Vitamin C, scientifically known as ascorbic acid, is only need by human beings. The major difference between minerals and vitamins is that vitamins are organic compounds and minerals are inorganic compounds.

Where vitamins are produced or synthesized within the body of a creature, minerals are taken in through water or plants. Plants have the tendency to absorb minerals in them from the soil and when they are consumed by animals and human beings, they are transferred into the body. Both the nutrients, vitamins and minerals, are highly important for living organisms as they no only make up a body but also contribute greatly towards its proper functioning. If the synthesis in the body or diet is not being able to compensate properly for the required amount of these nutrients, vitamin/minerals supplements are the way to go.

On the television and other forms of media, people often get to see very attractive advertisements of energy drinks, foodstuffs, cereals and other eatables. These advertisements claim a certain product to have all those minerals, vitamins, protein, fiber and other nutrients that a body would need and that they can invigorate the right amount of energy in the body. People need to understand the fact that even the most powerful of vitamins can not act as fast as these products claim and that they do not always contain the amount and type of vitamin that one would want. Hence, it is not advisable to believe in these ads. Vitamins could be of two types, either water-soluble or fat-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins are the ones that can dissolve in fat and can be stored in the body. Some of the most commonly found fat-soluble vitamins are Vitamin A, K, D and E. water-soluble vitamins on the other hand dissolve in water and hence are lost from the body on daily basis along with water. They are lost mostly during urination. Hence these vitamins need to be taken freshly everyday or as frequently as possible. Some common water-soluble vitamins are Vitamin C and B which include B12, folate, niacin, B6 and riboflavin. Just like vitamins, different minerals are also needed in different amounts. Since calcium makes up the bones, it is required by the entire skeletal system and hence is required in the largest amount. Other minerals such as copper, selenium, zinc, chromium, iron and iodine are required in minute quantities. Hence they are known as trace minerals. The products whose advertisements that people get to see are never formulated for all kinds of bodies. They have a standard formula and are made according to a standard vitamin/minerals quantity. Hence they can not work for everyone.

Although vitamins are generally believed to be formed inside the bodies and the intake of vitamins is related to eating plants and herbs, it is quite possible that vitamin/minerals foods be eaten in almost all the cultures of the world. There are many foods that contain vitamins and minerals and are commonly eaten by people in many places. However, these foods do not work on a standard nutrition but like all other nutrients such as fiber, protein etc, they also have varying amounts of vitamins and minerals. In case of misbalance of either of these two nutrients in the body, doctors recommend a change in diet. This greatly helps balance the nutrients in the body. Hence this prescribed diet chart might be biased towards certain foods. For healthy people though, being biased towards certain foods and ignoring other might result in an opposite effect and spoil the health by increasing some nutrients too much and reducing others to a dangerous level. In case of health issues, people must try regaining their health and fighting back the problems by making best use of food rather than relying on supplements. This is because supplements mostly contain synthetically extracted parts of nutrients and hence can never be as healthy as food itself. Doctors recommend vitamin/minerals only in cases where patient can not take certain foods due to presence of other nutrients that are not to be taken.

With care and consideration, people can prepare the best possible foods, follow a healthy diet chart and live happy and healthy lives.

 

Vitamin and Minerals

Vitamin C Supplement

Friday, February 4th, 2011

There are some nutrients that are crucial for our body to be healthy, but our body cannot naturally synthesize them, which leaves the needs for them to be taken externally to fulfill the body’s nutritional requirement of these substances. Known as “Vitamins” these substances have various functions to perform around the body and play a significant role in the maintenance of homeostasis throughout an organism. One of the most important of these substances is considered to be vitamin-C due to its various benefits.

The effects of Vitamin-C deficiency

It is a key ingredient in the formation of collagen (a naturally occurring protein) this protein is responsible for muscle growth, strength and stability, if vitamin c is deficient then collagen will not be able to perform its function properly. A disease known as scurvy is caused. This leads to the formation of brown spots all over the body which are concentrated in the leg area, as the condition progresses it results in the muscles not being able to function properly and losing their firm texture, to give off a spongier feel. Severe cases of the condition can also lead to bleeding of the mucous tracts and other gums. As the seriousness of the deficiency increases the deficient person will start to lose teeth by falling because the gums will be too weak to hold on to them. Vitamin C being a major constituent of bone-marrow also contributes to the reproductive system indirectly.

How to deal with it?

The easiest way of taking in only the right and required amount of Vitamin C is through supplements because they are formulated to deliver only the prescribed amount per dosage so you don’t overdo it by taking unwanted quantities of the vitamin, the fact that it is a water soluble vitamin means that it isn’t stored by the body either. The supplements known as multivitamins are carefully formulated with the external nutrients required by the body which are not normally found in a person’s diet and are required for proper functioning of the body.

Types of vitamin C

The effects and the type of vitamin C required by a person may vary according to their medical condition, here a few types of vitamin C.

  1. Ascorbic Acid: This is vitamin C in its purest form as it is available in a variety of citrus fruits, but this is not recommended for people with a sensitive skin and gums that scratch easily.
  2. Ascorbyl Palmitate: This type is a favorite of cosmetic manufacturers because it’s found to be less acidic then the other types.
  3. Tetra substituted lipohilic ascorbates: these are probably the forms of vitamin C that you will start to see in the very near future. Cheaper than some of the other, they also may have the same effects on collagen production as vitamin C. This type is gaining popularity as an ingredient in multivitamins.

A summary of what Vitamin C can do for your skin

It is a well known fact that Vitamin C is the base of marketing of many cosmetic and skin care products so here are a few things Vitamin C really does for the skin!

  1. It’s a moisturizer
  2. Anti aging agent because it helps reduce wrinkles and to some extent brings back your youth
  3. It is used as an exfoliating and cleansing agent, used by beauty salons in facials for this purpose
  4. It softens the facial skin.

The recommended requirements by the RDA for an average adult is about 75 to 90 mg a day, this amount can vary depending on your health and your regular diet so it is advised to consult your physician before the use of any vitamin c supplement.

Multivitamin Supplements

Friday, January 21st, 2011

The human body is a well-crafted piece of art, with its fragile balance of different compounds and maintenance of homeostatic conditions to function faultlessly. There is a certain amount of input that the body needs in the form of diet for healthy operations. It is hard to keep track of exactly which nutrients and in what quantities is present in your meal. Knowing this, is important because you need to know if your body is receiving all the raw materials it needs to be claimed healthy. A nutrient which is not synthesized in the properly required amounts in the body is termed as a vitamin that is why physicians believe they need to be supplied to the body through artificial supplementation or through external dietary intake of foods containing vitamins.

Multivitamin supplements are care formulated to supplement a human diet and also contain a benefitting amount of dietary minerals along with many other nutritional elements. Different vitamins serve different functions in the body here are a few examples of Vitamin functions in the body.

Vitamin C:

Lack of this vital nutrient can result in weak muscles and crippling bone structure and the inability in a human to support his weight. You are vulnerable to diseases like Scurvy in which you can lose your teeth due to weekend gums, brown spots start appearing all over your skin. A natural source of Vitamin C is Citrus fruits. Multivitamin supplements carry only the required amount per dosage that the body needs per day to function properly.

Vitamin B family:

It is an important ingredient when it comes to determining the rate of metabolism of a person. It accounts for the production of various hormones, deficiency of which can result in various diseases such as a low metabolic rate. Also various skin problems can arise as a result of low levels of this vitamin for example lack of vitamin B2 may cause cracks in lips, high sensitivity to sunlight, deficiency of B5 can result in Acne and parasthesia.

Vitamin A:

Perhaps the most common of all vitamin deficiencies as recorded by W.H.O (World Health Organization) that an estimated number of 500,000 children in developing countries go blind each year due to the lack of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a crucial nutrient required by the body to maintain proper eye functioning. Vitamin A is one of the many vital nutrients provided by Multivitamin Supplements.

Vitamin D:

Children suffer from stunted bone growth and muscle weakness due to the lack of Vitamin D or scientifically known as Hypovitaminosis D. The resulting disease known as rickets can weaken bones to an extent to cause paralysis for the rest of an individual’s life. Osteomalacia a condition which can cause the thinning of bones which is also a consequence of the lack of Vitamin D.

Vitamin E:

Deficiency of Vitamin E can cause disturbance in the nervous system as a person deficient in vitamin E can suffer from poor nerve conduction.

Benefits of Multivitamins:

  1. One Pill a Day Covers all, taking different supplementations for different nutrients can be quite a nuisance; multivitamins provide the right amount of every vitamin calculated down to the nearest micro gram to achieve perfection in quantity.
  2. You feel healthier when your body is provided with all the right constituents to be healthy as even the slightest of deficiency of a vitamin can be a door to various diseases.
  3. Multivitamins come in Liquids, tablets, capsules, and also gel forms, making them easy to consume. It is recommended to take them in either liquid or capsule form because the largely available multivitamin tablets are harder for your body to break down.

Multivitamins are the most important nutritional supplement a person can take as it is a part of nature’s plan for these vitalities to be induced in the body externally because they are not naturally synthesized and yet they are an essential component of a healthy diet.

Although multivitamins provide seamless bilogical advantages, their intake and requirement can be case sensitive so it is best to consult your physician to know what best suits your body for optimum results.

Power Bar

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Power Bar

Our health is the jewel in the crown of our existence; it shines upon our daily lives as we perform the most meager of tasks energetically. The casket to that jewel is a balanced nutrition diet and strenuous exercise. Today’s athletes have a greater energy requirement than any other health product consumption sector. Providing you with those instant bursts of vigor in your body when you’re feeling let down by your bodily enthusiasm.

They are proven to improve your level of stamina to push you through those extra crunches or pushups, they are the best nutritional composition when it comes to choosing something when you’re fatigued after some hard hours at the gym and your hungry but don’t want those extra calories back that you just threw out the window!

The key in identifying the right bar that suit your needs is going through the ingredients. The main advantage delivered by energy bars such as power bars is the fact that they provide meal equivalent nutrition in a compact form making them convenient to carry around to be consumed in awry and fatigued situations. Just think of the post sex periods when you feel drained of stamina, power bars are the way to go as they can revitalize your body and to an extent restore your stamina.

Or a lazy afternoon in the office when you feel less likely to have lunch as you drown yourself in paper work, have a power bar to ignite the engine of power inside your body and get it done!

The nutritional value of a Powerbar is no hidden fact and it only accentuates the healthy goodness the bar provides. A well calculated value of fat included in the bar in a low amount as well as low levels of sodium to keep that blood pressure to a stable level as high levels of sodium can result is consequences such as high blood pressure leading to heart attacks. Intensely packed with vital nutrients required by the body in excess such as iron, the main constituent of hemoglobin a vital requirement in the formation of red blood cells because with the increase in red blood cells the amount of oxygen supplied to the body in an instance is also increased thus enhancing your stamina. Vitamins are specifically designated to their functions in the body from determining the tome of your skin through melanin production by vitamin D to the strengthening of bones by vitamin-C.

The ever so helpful clinical element of riboflavin is no less than a key player in the protection of bones, since its discovery 30 years ago its supplementation has been tested to cure neonatal jaundice by providing strength to bone tissue! In fatigue it is known to relieve muscular pain.

Sticking to a well-rehearsed diet can be boring for the taste buds but not in this case as the Powerbar is available in a variety of different flavors ranging from vanilla crisp to peanut butter choose the one that best pleases your senses along with satisfying your nutritional needs. Slide one inside your pocket when going out for jogging, crunch one down on your way to the office, savor its flavor after a long rewarding session at the gym or conjure up the energy to go at it again with the aid of Powerbar.

While energy bars are a well formulated source of a balanced diet, they are in no way substitutes for a real meal, the number of nutrients on the horizon is far beyond counting and some yet to be discovered but energy bars can help raise your stamina in situations where strenuous muscle functioning is required!

Vitamin C skin care – The challenge

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Vitamin C is often regarded as a wrinkle fighter or an anti-aging agent. The main objective of ‘Vitamin C skin care’, in scientific terms, is to increase the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin).  The additional benefit of ‘Vitamin C skin care’ is related to its capability of countering free radicals which cause damage to the skin.

Vitamin C skin care, however, faces a major challenge today. This is related to the oxidation tendency of Vitamin C skin care products. On coming in contact with any oxidising agent (e.g. air), the Vitamin C in the Vitamin C skin care products,  gets oxidised; thus making the Vitamin C skin care product useless (in fact counter-effective). The oxidised Vitamin C imparts a yellowish-brown color to the Vitamin C skin care product. This is something that you need to check before buying a Vitamin C skin care product. Even after you buy a Vitamin C skin care product, you need to store it properly and keep checking that it’s still good to use (i.e. it hasn’t attained a yellowish-brown texture). …read more

A Lack Of Vitamins

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Everyone knows that the human body needs a certain amount of vitamins and minerals everyday to function properly and remain healthy. A well balanced diet can supply your body with the vitamins it needs, although problems and disorders can arise if your diet doesn’t supply your body with the vitamins it needs. The symptoms of vitamin deficiency will normally present themselves when the lack of vitamins is at an advanced level.

Those who don’t get enough of vitamins A, B1, and B2 for example, will always feel tired, along with a loss of appetite. Other symptoms include mental and emotional stress, chapped lips, and other annoying or painful habits. …read more

The Healthiest Foods You Can Get

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The following is a list of the healthiest foods that you can get.  This will help you get an idea as to what foods are the best for your body.

  • Fruit

  • Apricots
    Apricots contain Beta-carotene which helps to prevent radical damage and also helps to protect the eyes.  A single apricot contains 17 calories, 0 fat, and 1 gram of fiber.  You can eat them dried or soft.
  • Mango
    A medium sized mango packs 57 MG of vitamin C, which is nearly your entire daily dose.  This antioxidant will help prevent arthritis and also boost your immune system. …read more

Vitamin C skin care – The challenge

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Vitamin C is often regarded as a wrinkle fighter or an anti-aging agent. The main objective of ‘Vitamin C skin care’, in scientific terms, is to increase the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin).  The additional benefit of ‘Vitamin C skin care’ is related to its capability of countering free radicals which cause damage to the skin.

…read more