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  • Vitamins & Minerals
    By Health Blog on May 4, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    Have you seen people who got shorter as they aged? Do you remember the stories about sailors and scurvy where their gums would bleed?  What about people who are anemic and get short of breath easily?    All of these are examples that show the importance of vitamins and minerals.

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    Vitamins and minerals are important for our bodies.  The cells in our bodies need vitamins and minerals to do their jobs correctly.  Vitamins and minerals help  with  wound  healing,  healthy  red  blood  cells,  bone  growth,  blood clotting,  breaking  down  food  properly,  and many  more  important  actions.  Remember  the  stories  about  sailors  and  scurvy  where  their  gums  would bleed?   That was from a lack of Vitamin C since they had a steady diet of salted pork on ships with no fruits or vegetables.

    Vitamin & mineral deficiencies can occur later in life.  It is important to eat a wide variety of foods in order to get all your vitamins & minerals.  Often, as we age, we start eating the same foods and limiting our variety.  We like certain foods and ignore those we don’t like. Losing teeth or developing acid reflux, intestinal problems, or other medical conditions can make eating some foods difficult or impossible.  Cooking some foods can also get more difficult as time goes by.

    To get all your vitamins and minerals, take these steps:

    • Eat a wide variety of foods, including lots of fruits & vegetables.
    • Take a multivitamin daily that is for your age group.  Centrum Silver is one example.
    • Talk to your doctor about whether you may be at risk for any vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
    • Do not take vitamins or minerals individually unless approved by your doctor.
    • Talk to your pharmacist to learn how your medications interact with vitamins and minerals.  Your pharmacist can also help determine what you should and should not be taking.

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  • What Vitamins Do Inside Your Body
    By Health Blog on March 23, 2009 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    We all listen to the doctors emphasizing about how vitamins are vital for our health. But do we really know what functions these vitamins actually perform inside our bodies? Here some of the main functions of vitamins will be discussed.

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    VITAMIN A : The primary function of Vitamin A is to strengthen our vision. Its deficiency can result in night blindness and if not addressed can also cause complete blindness.

    Vitamin B1 & B3: These vital vitamins help to convert our blood sugar into energy. Their deficiency can cause several problems such as dementia, delirium, beriberi and can even result in death.

    Vitamin B2 : It is also known as Riboflavin and it helps our body cells to control fats and carbohydrates to give us energy. Lack of Vitamin B2 can cause damage to skin and eye.

    Vitamin B5 : The main objective of Vitamin B5 is to convert the food in our body into energy. Although, its deficiency in human body is very rare, but if it happens it can cause pain and weakness in abdomen.

    Vitamin C : It is very critical for human health, as it helps connect tissues inside our body with the help of collagen. Its deficiency can result in swollen gums, and slowness in healing process.

    Vitamin D : It helps to strenthen our bones and joints as it contains calcium.

    Vitamin E : It helps to prevent our body cells from getting damaged as it is an antioxidant. Its scarcity in our body can cause age spots and hemolytic anemia.

    Vitamin K : It helps our blood to clot, and its deficiency can cause difficulties for blood to clot which can result in unstoppable bleeding which can be lethal.

    After knowing the critical functions these vital vitamins perform for us, you will definitely have greater urge to include them into your daily diet as their deficiency can disturb the inner mechanism of your body.

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