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Vitamin Information for Health

Vitamin C may be the most famous vitamin. Tens of thousands of British sailors were dying of the disease scurvy until they began taking limes and other citrus fruit along on voyages. The vitamin C in the citrus prevented the disease. Vitamin C also works as an anti-oxidant and supports the synthesis of collagen, which helps keep the skin healthy and youthful. A good way to get some daily vitamin C is to drink a glass of orange juice with breakfast.

Vitamin D is famous for saving children from the bone disease called rickets. This vitamin was so important to health it was added to milk. All milk products are now enriched with Vitamin D and the disease of rickets has been eradicated. This vitamin is important to maintain strong bones and joints.

Vitamin B became well known when it was discovered to stop the disease beriberi. Vitamin B actually includes a complex of the vitamins thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid (B9), cyanocobalamin (B12) pantothetic acid, choline and biotin. B vitamins help the body to breakdown carbohydrates. Choline is thought to help with fat metabolism. Vegetarians may not get enough of the B vitamins since they don't eat meat, and may want to take a multi-vitamin supplement.

Vitamin A is believed to help your membranes including your eyes. This may be why folklore has said to eat carrots for good eyesight. Carrots have beta-carotene in them, which your body converts to Vitamin A as needed. Vitamin A supports healthy cells, immune function, growth hormone and healing.

Vitamin E is believed to support the heart, skin, hair, muscles, nerves and joints. It is a natural anti-oxidant. This vitamin was discovered when laboratory rats were not given a balanced diet. They were only fed one kind of food at a time. It was found that they could stay alive but could not breed. The missing factor was Vitamin E. It was named after "E" for Eros because a lack of this vitamin caused a lack of the ability to breed. This doesn't mean Vitamin E is an aphrodisiac of any kind. It simply shows that a lack of this important vitamin can cause health problems.

Vitamin K is known for helping blood to clot properly. Some patients receive this vitamin prior to surgery to help with this function. A doctor should always be consulted prior to taking Vitamin K by anyone who is on anti-coagulant medications of any kind.

Medical studies continue to find new vitamin information every year, and new ways in which vitamins contribute to our health. The best way to get vitamins is through a balanced diet. Many people also like to take a daily multi-vitamin and mineral complex just to be sure their diet is not missing any important nutrients.

Monica Nelson writes helpful articles for consumers about a variety of health topics including nutritional supplements, weightloss products, bodybuilding supplements, amino acids, minerals and herbal supplements.


Newswise (press release)

Calcium Supplements Tied to Kidney Stone Risk
"We're definitely not advocating that people stop taking calcium supplements if their doctor prescribed them for their bone health," said Christopher Loftus, the lead researcher on the study and an M.D. candidate at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College ...
Calcium Supplements May Increase the Risk of Kidney Stone RecurrenceNewswise (press release)
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WJXT Jacksonville

Can high school athletes take supplements?
WJXT Jacksonville
Its policy is similar to that of the National Federation of State High School Associations, which says, “anabolic, androgenic steroids are prohibited by all sports governing organizations” and that the organization “strongly opposes the use of dietary ...

University of Rochester Newsroom

Dietary Supplements: Buyer Beware
University of Rochester Newsroom
There's new reason to think twice before dolling out your hard-earned cash on vitamin and herbal supplements. While the health benefits of taking supplements have long been a topic of debate, a study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine says ...

Age- and gender-specific MVMM supplements can increase micronutrient status in ...
Multivitamin/Mineral Supplement Contribution to Micronutrient Intakes in the United States, 2007-2010 has been selected as the 2015 Ragus Award Winner as Best Article from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the official publication of ...

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Tech Times

Antioxidant Supplements Can Cause Cancer Cells To Spread Faster: Study
Tech Times
In a study featured in the journal Science Translational Medicine, Bergö and his team conducted an experiment on mice in which they discovered that antioxidant supplements doubled the metastasis rate of cancer. The vitamins also caused the animals to ...
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Fox News

Antioxidant supplements may accelerate melanoma spread
Fox News
Antioxidants are compounds in foods and supplement pills that may prevent oxidation, which can damage cells. The compounds are widely consumed by both healthy people and people with cancer for their supposed ability to prevent and fight cancer, the ...
Still More Evidence That Antioxidant Supplements Actually Increase Cancer RiskMotherboard
Antioxidants May Make Cancer WorseScientific American

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Students, faculty take action on unsafe dietary supplements
October 8, 2015 — Massachusetts may become the first state to regulate sales of dietary supplements marketed as weight-loss and muscle-building aids, thanks to a bill promoted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. These products ...

Boston Herald

Tom Brady gives impassioned defense of supplements, Alex Guerrero
Boston Herald
Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan morning show on WEEI, Tom Brady defended his use of supplements and work with Alex Guerrero, who, detailed in an article in Boston Magazine, was sued by the government in 2004 for falsely claiming he was a doctor ...

The Daily Orange

DiBona: Distinction from 'Scream Queens' supplements premiere of 'American ...
The Daily Orange
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New York Times (blog)

Well | Ask Well: Fish Oil Supplements for Dry Eye?
New York Times (blog)
There is a growing body of research supporting the use of fish oil supplements to treat dry eye, an uncomfortable condition that arises when the eye produces fewer tears. But “the jury is still out” on whether they work, said Dr. Penny Asbell, a ...

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