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The Role Of Vitamins In Healing The Body

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Vitamins are potent organic compounds that are present in small concentrations in food items. They perform distinct and crucial functions in the human body. The body does not make them naturally and they are essential elements in sustaining good health, preventing disease, and to encourage overall wellbeing.

Besides the fact that they are essential for overall good health, many vitamins have been proven to have therapeutic effects in healing and prevention of a variety of ailments, diseases and conditions.

Vitamins can be obtained through food, which, is the best way, or when the diet is deficient man made vitamins supplements are available.

Two Types Of Vitamins

  • Fat-soluble
  • Water-soluble

Fat-soluble vitamins include:

  • Vitamins D, E, A, and K.
  • They do not easily cook out of food, and they are stored in body by the liver for extended periods of time.

Water soluble vitamins include:

  • Vitamin B Complex and C.
  • These dissolve much faster under extreme temperatures in the cooking process. Water soluble vitamins are not stored by the body and so daily intake from various foods that are rich in Vitamin B Complex and Vitamin C are necessary.

 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an anti-opathalmic and is an essential nutrient for energy and growth.

Health Benefits

  • Resistance to respiratory infections
  • Eye health
  • Lung and respiration health
  • Cell growth
  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Anti-aging and retaining a youthful appearance

RDA Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Men: 3,000 IU per day
  • Women: 2,310 IU per day

Upper Tolerable Limit (UL) – The Most You Can Take With Health Risks

  • 10,000 IU daily

Main Food Sources

  • Fish liver oil
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Egg yolks
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Other vegetables: lettuce, turnips, beets, carrots, tomatoes
  • Fruits: Peaches, mangoes, papayas and apricots
  • Almonds

Vitamin A Deficiency Can Result In

  • Eye problems
  • Colds
  • Night blindness
  • Increased vulnerability to infections
  • Poor appetite
  • Tooth decay
  • Skin disorders

Therapeutic Uses

  • Sinus problems
  • Colds and flu
  • Various skin conditions
  • Reducing the risk of death by 30% among malnourished children Indonesia.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is one of the most important daily vitamins with many health benefits.

Health Benefits

  • Helps regulate and maintain health of body tissues, including, those in the gums, teeth and bones
  • Protects against infections
  • Behaves as a harmless antibiotic
  • Stimulates healing
  • Protects the body from stress, and the effects of toxic chemicals.
  • Helps prevent and treat colds and flu
  • Decreases blood cholesterol

Main Food Sources

  • All citrus fruits, like, oranges, lemons and limes.
  • Berries
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Sprouts

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Men: 90 mg per day
  • Women: 75 mg per day

Upper Tolerable Limit (UL) – The Most You Can Take With Health Risks

  • 4,000 IU daily

Deficiencies Can Result In

  • Anemia
  •  Bleeding gums
  • Swollen joints
  • Slow healing
  • Premature aging
  • Lowered resistance to common infections

Therapeutic Uses

  • Neutralizing toxins in the body
  • Healing from colds and flu
  • Boosting the body’s defense system against cold
  • Speeds healing in various types of conditions
  • Improves sexual vitality
  • Prevents premature aging

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is another very important vitamin that has many health benefits and deficiencies of it can cause major health issues.

Health Benefits

  • Bone strength
  • Teeth health
  • Proper regulation of the Thyroid gland
  • Facilitates the retention of calcium, phosphorus and other minerals in the digestive tract
  • Stimulates the pancreas to make insulin
  • Regulates the immune system

Main Food Sources

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Fish

Recommended Daily Allowance

Age 1 to 70: 15 micrograms per day

Age 70 and older: 20 micrograms per day

Upper Tolerable Limit (UL) – The Most You Can Take With Health Risks

  • 100 micrograms per day

Deficiencies Can Lead To

  • Deformation of bones
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Increased risk for Type 1 Diabetes
  • Muscle pain
  • Bone pain
  • Various cancers, including, breast, lymph nodes, prostate and colon varieties

Therapeutic Uses

Caution: Vitamin D is toxic in high doses, especially for kids and so should only be taken at therapeutic levels under the strict supervision of a medical professional.

  • Lowers risk factors for multiple sclerosis, heart disease and, rheumatoid
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nervousness
  • Studies show that women who take a daily vitamin D supplement are 40% less likely to develop multiple sclerosis than those who do not.
  • Another study showed that women that took Vitamin D supplement plus calcium for 3 months had a 49% reduction in falls, compared to those who took calcium alone.
  • A Boston University showed that exposure to sun rays for 3 months increased the subject’s vitamin D levels by 100% and normalized their blood pressure. After 9 months they continued to be in remission. The hypothesis by researchers is this is a result in Vitamin D’s ability to decrease the production renin, a hormone that is key in hypertension.

 

Vitamin E

Health Benefits

  • Regulates reproductive functions
  • Energy and vigor
  • Fertility
  • Regulates sex hormones
  • Prevents fat-soluble vitamins from being damaged by oxygen
    in the body
  • Prevention of heart disease
    Prevention of Asthma
  • Prevention of Arthritis
  • Skin health
  • Proper functioning of many organs in the body
  • Antioxidant that helps slow and prevent cell damage

Main Food Sources

  • Wheat
  • Whole grains
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Raw seeds
  • Vegetable boils
  • Fruits
  • Meat
  • Poultry

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • 22.4 IU/day

Upper Tolerable Limit (UL) – The Most You Can Take With Health Risks

  • 1,500 IU per day (applies only to supplements, not from food sources)

Deficiencies Can Lead To

  • Male sterility
  • Miscarriage
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Degenerative conditions in the coronary system

Therapeutic Uses

  • Vitamin E has an enormous amount of healing potential.
  • Various muscle conditions
  • Arteriosclerosis heart disease
  • Prevention of scars caused by burns
  • Helps in post-operative healing
  • Guards the body from the effects of free radicals, and various environmental poisons
  • Increases fertility in both men and women
  • Helps with male potency issues
  • The intake of 200 IU of vitamin E orally for more than 10 years has been shown to prevent death from bladder cancer.
  • Memory loss seen in Alzheimer’s disease may be slowed with the use of Vitamin E and so it can delay the necessity of caregiver assistance
  • Reduces pain during menstruation, also known, as dysmenorrhea
  • Helps with symptoms of PMS, including, anxiety, cravings, and depression.
  • There is also some research that shows that vitamin E might be helpful in, reducing risk of nerve damage during chemotherapy
  • Natural vitamin E (RRR-alpha-tocopherol) can greatly improve symptoms in those who suffer from early Huntington’s disease, though it does not seem to be help those in advance stages
  • When vitamin E is taken orally in combination with vitamin C, beta-carotene and zinc it might have the ability to slow the progression of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • When vitamin E is added to standard treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, it improves the success of treating pain
  • Kidney problems in children (glomerulosclerosis)
  • Helps in treating an inherited disorder called G6PD deficiency
  • Healing a type of skin sore called granuloma annulare when used in topical form.
  • Uveitis
  • Sunburn
  • Post-operative healing of the eyes
  • Treating a type of eye disease in newborns called retrolental fibroplasia
  • Male infertility
  • Pre-eclampsia, (high blood pressure during pregnancy)
  • Movement disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Decreasing brain and heart bleeding in premature babies
  • Helping some heart medications called “nitrates” work better
  • Improving physical performance and strength in the elderly
  • Fibrosis caused by radiation

Vitamin K

Unlike so many other vitamins, this one is not usually taken in supplement form, and never should be unless your doctor recommends it.

Health Benefits

  • Regulates proper blood clotting
  • Prevention of bleeding
  • Normal Liver functions

Main Food Sources

  • Eggs
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Broccoli
  • Soybeans
  • Meat
  • Asparagus
  • Strawberries

Deficiencies Lead To

  • Colitis
  • Loss of energy and vitality

Caution: You should never take vitamin K supplements unless your doctor tells you to. It can conflict with various medications, such as Coumadin and so caution should be taken.

 

B Complex Vitamins

B vitamins come in different varieties and serve various purposes for the body and overall health. Their potency and effectiveness is best achieved when they are taken together.

B Complex Group Includes

  • B1 or thiamine
  • B2 or riboflavin
  • B3 or niacin or nicotinic acid
  • B5 or pantothenic acid
  • B6 or pyridoxine
  • B9 or folic acid
  • B12

Thiamine

Health Benefits

  • Healthy nervous system regulation
  • Protecting the heart muscles
  • Stimulating brain function and mental alertness
  • Digestion
  • Energy production
  • Development of myelin sheaths
  • Prevention of cataracts
  • Anti-Aging Properties
  • Prevents Alzheimer’s disease
  • Improves memory
  • Red Blood cell production
  • Can help prevent effects of Alcoholism, including, deficiencies caused by cirrhosis, infections and hyperthyroidism
  • Improves appetite

Main Food Sources

  • Yeast
  • Liver
  • Wheat Germ
  • Whole grains
  • Tomatoes
  • Meat
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Mushrooms
  • Tuna
  • Seeds
  • Eggplant

Thiamine Deficiency Can Result In

  • Problems with the digestive system
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Heart weakness
  • Depression

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Thiamine is useful for various digestive problems including poor appetite, ulcerative colitis, and diarrhea.
  • Thiamine is used for AIDS patients to boost their immunity
  • Pain related to diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Anti-aging
  • Brain damage called cerebellar syndrome
  • Canker sores
  • Cataracts and glaucoma
  • Motion sickness
  • Improving athletic performance
  • Prevention of cervical cancer
  • Thiamine is used to maintain a positive mental attitude
  • Enhance learning abilities
  • Increase energy
  • Stress reduction
  • Preventing memory loss, including for Alzheimer’s patients
  • Treat a memory disorder known as Wernicke’s encephalopathy syndrome

Riboflavin

Health Benefits

  • Increases energy levels
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Skin, hair and nail health
  • Vital for the metabolization of carbohydrates, fats, and protein
  • Slows the aging process
  • Increases athletic performance
  • Promotes healthy reproductive function
  • Required for proper functioning of the digestive tract, blood cells, and many other parts of the body

Main Food Sources

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Enriched flour
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Meat

Deficiency Can Lead To

  • Pain in the legs, tongue and lips
  • Oily skin
  • Premature aging of the skin with increased wrinkles
  • Eczema

Therapeutic Uses

  • Riboflavin is used to prevent riboflavin deficiency
  • Prevention of cervical cancer
  • Migraine headaches
  • Acne
  • Muscle cramps
  • Burning feet syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Blood disorders: Congenital Methemoglobinemia and Aplasia.
  • Eye fatigue, cataracts, and glaucoma
  • Memory loss, including in those with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Ulcers
  • Burns
  • Sickle cell anemia

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