Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Vitamin - Essential Nutrients for Health


Vitamins are the stars of the nutrition scene. Nutrition,the science of food, is the study of the nutrients andsubstances in foods. Scientists examine how the balancesof food compounds relate to health and disease, and explorehow they interact during the process of ingestion,absorption, utilization, and excretion.

There are six essential nutrients for health and bodymaintenance: vitamins, minerals, water, fats, proteins, andcarbohydrates. They are the building blocks of life, and weobtain them through our diet. Our bodies don't make them.

At this time, it is known that there are fourteen vitaminsrequired by humans. Vitamins, first discovered in thelate 1800s, are organic compounds found in foods. Sincethey are organic - containing carbon - they can bedestroyed by heat, unlike their companion essentialnutrient group, the incombustible minerals.

In the early 1900s, when scientists were continuing todiscover new vitamins, they named newly found compounds byalphabet: A, B, C, D, E~. K. Note: The compounds that hadbeen named F, G, H, I, J were later disqualified asvitamins, not fitting the definition: organic compoundsneeded in small quantities for life growth and maintenance.Compounds that have been given letters with numbers, B-1, B-2~ were originally thought to be one compound, but laterdetermined to be several different compounds with specificfunctions for each.

Vitamins are in one of two classes: fat soluble or watersoluble. Vitamin C and the B vitamins (such as niacin andriboflavin) are water soluble. Vitamins A, D, E, and K arefat soluble. Which type of solubility each vitamin haswill indicate which foods contain them. Basically, non-fatfood has no fat soluble vitamins. However, highly coloredvegetables like carrots do contain beta-carotene - a proto-vitamin which can be converted to active vitamin A.

Water soluble vitamins are easily shed by the body andlost from foods during preparation. Since they aren'tstored by the body, we need to ingest them every day.Nevertheless it is best to avoid taking them excessively.On the other hand, fat soluble vitamins are readily storedby the body. Thus caution is necessary to avoid excessivequantities; it is possible to build up toxic levels of thefat soluble vitamins.

People commonly wonder if they need to take vitaminsupplements, and which vitamins should be taken for goodhealth. The situation today is that our foods are comingto us from conditions that previously were never the casefor humans. Modern food is highly processed, and isfrequently grown in depleted soils. Our foods are pickedunripe and therefore incomplete from the standpoint ofnutrition. Then they are shipped and handled more than theideal. Therefore, it seems unlikely that the averageperson's diet provides sufficient amounts of necessarynutrients - vitamins and minerals in particular. Instead,we are consuming excessive amounts of harmful compoundslike preservatives and refined sugars.

A suggestion. Do your own research project. Keep trackof what you eat for a week or two. Eat normally, and justwrite down what you ate and how much of it. Then eitherbuy or check out from your library a book on vitamins thatwill tell you approximately what you got from each foodsource. Add it up and compare to the recommended dailyallowances. See how you're doing, and if you think it's agood idea to make some improvements, consult with aprofessional nutritionist, naturopathic physician, or otherhealthcare professional to come up with a good plan of dietand nutritional supplements. You'll see what a profounddifference good nutrition can make in your health.

Carina Snowden writes on topics related to vitamins. Herarticles are published in The News at Alta Vitaminthe single on-line resource for a world of news aboutvitamins. Be sure to refer to all Carina's articles athttp://www.altavitamin.com/


MORE RESOURCES:

cleveland.com

Male enhancement supplements have hilarious names; oh, and many are ...
cleveland.com
Sexual enhancement pills often have ridiculous names-- this brand is one example of the dozens of shady supplements available via the internet, adult book stores and other retail outlets. The Food and Drug Administration continues to warn consumers ...



New York Bans Dozens of Herbal Supplements
NBC Chicago
More than a dozen types of popular store-brand herbal supplements are for sale in Illinois and across the country this week, but are not on shelves in the state of New York. The products were pulled after an investigation by the New York Attorney ...



cleveland.com

FDA warns of hidden drugs in OxyElite, Seven Slim weight loss supplements
cleveland.com
The FDA is warning consumers about more weight loss supplements that contain pharmaceutical drug ingredients-- OxyElite Pro and Seven Slim. They are just the most recent examples in a trend of weight loss and sexual enhancement supplements, which ...
Pulled twice from exchanges, OxyElite Pro supplement now found to contain ...Stars and Stripes
Another reason to stay away from weight loss supplementsConsumerReports.org
FDA Issues Warning on Four Tainted Weight Loss SupplementsMonthly Prescribing Reference

all 10 news articles »


Jackson Clarion Ledger

The doctors: The real facts about vitamin supplements
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Headlines have declared that it proves we're overdosed on supplements. But if you read what the author, Catherine Price, is saying, you'll see the real headline: that our food supply and eating habits make most North Americans undernourished, even as ...

and more »


Dr. Jim Randolph: Ask your pet's doctor about supplements
SunHerald.com
Recent big medical news was the action by the State of New York's Attorney General's office to shut down the sales of store-branded products of certain nutritional supplements. The attorney general's actions resulted from testing that, allegedly, shows ...



TIME

8 Things You Don't Know About Supplements
TIME
In early February, the New York Times reported that New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman launched an investigation into some of the largest supplement retailers. DNA testing revealed that 79% of supplements tested did not contain what the ...
Vitamin BSThe Atlantic

all 10 news articles »


Well | Knowing What's in Your Supplements
New York Times (blog)
Last week, the New York State attorney general's office uncovered another example of what appeared to be widespread fraud in the dietary supplement industry. The office accused four of the country's biggest retail stores of selling herbal products that ...



Genetic Literacy Project

Vitamin and mineral supplements: Miracle potions, silent dangers or both?
Genetic Literacy Project
Together with other CHOP leaders, Offit is helping to expose the dark side of the supplement industry–a $22 billion per year market–for its opposition to regulation of its products and its tactic of scaring consumers about non-existent health dangers ...
Vitamin-Packed With PromisesNew York Times

all 3 news articles »


Live Science

Herbal Supplement Controversy: Did NY Investigation Use the Right Tests?
Live Science
Authorities in New York have accused major retailers of selling herbal supplements that do not contain the listed ingredients. But now some scientists are questioning those conclusions, saying that the methods the authorities used to test the ...
Herbal Supplements Without HerbsNew York Times
Americans are ignoring the science and spending billions on dietary supplementsWashington Post (blog)
Top retailers sold bogus bottles of herbal supplements, N.Y. authorities allegeNJ.com
Forbes -Shape Magazine -Atlanta Journal Constitution
all 675 news articles »


The New Yorker

How Not to Test a Dietary Supplement
The New Yorker
The task of analyzing the supplements had fallen to Beckman Coulter Genomics, a company based in Massachusetts, and a Clarkson University biologist named James Schulte, whose academic specialty is in snake and lizard evolution. The group used a ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.