Vitamins, Minerals and Nutritional Supplements
Vitamins and nutrient supplements are not the total answer to good health and protection against disease. They are an addition to a nutritionally balanced diet, thus the word “supplement”. They are also very important to balance out the nutritional deficiencies in the typical American, or Western diet.
What Do Vitamins & Minerals Do?
There are 13 main vitamins, each with its own special role to play. One vitamin enables the eyes to see in dim light, another helps to protect the lungs from air pollution, and still another helps make the sex hormones, among other things. Almost every action in your body requires the assistance of vitamins and minerals.
When you cut yourself, one vitamin helps to stop the bleeding and another helps to repair the skin. Vitamins busily replace old red blood cells and the lining of the digestive tract. If you stop to think about it, it is pretty amazing that our bodies basically run on auto pilot, without us even being aware of all of the different activities constantly going on. Our part is to make sure that we are supplying the needed ingredients (nutrients) through what we eat, for all of these processes to work correctly.
Minerals are as important as vitamins. As a matter of fact, some vitamins cannot work correctly without minerals. Minerals are a lot “sturdier” than vitamins, and are not as easily destroyed by cooking food. Minerals are, however not abundant in our modern Western food supply, since the majority of the foods we eat have been grown without the benefit of healthy, mineral rich soil.
Eating organically grown foods whenever possible, helps to fulfill our nutritional needs. Adding a quality vitamin/mineral supplement assures that you are supporting your continued good health and “health fitness”..
Minerals Are Difficult To Absorb
Minerals will readily “bind” (attach) with other materials, especially in our digestive tract. Often, when this happens, our cells either do not recognize the mineral as being a useful nutrient, so they don’t absorb them, or the mineral binds with a substance that is too big to be absorbed by the cell.
Another very serious problem with minerals in a supplement form, involves the digestive process that takes place after we take a supplement. New science has shown that minerals readily dissolve in the high PH of the stomach, but when they hit the more neutral PH of the small intestine, where most of the absorption takes place, they “re-crystalize” into a form that is not only unable to be absorbed, but in the process of this re-crystalization, millions of free radicals are thrown off. Free radicals are very damaging to our systems, and left unchecked, can lead to numerous diseases such as cancer.
What this means is, that any antioxidants you take, like A, C, or E, are essentially “used up” neutralizing the free radicals. The end result is that you get very little if any of your minerals, or, more importantly, your antioxidants into your body to protect it.Do Your Supplements Do That?
Chances are that they do. Any form of mineral whether it is:
• Ferrous Fumarate (a form of iron);
• Cupric Sulfate (a form of copper).will create this condition. Iron and copper are especially bad for this free radical generation.
Most all of the major brands such as:
• Pharmanex.™use this type of mineral configuration in their products. The science showing this process was so groundbreaking that an article was published in the Free Radical Biology & Medicine Journal. The researchers include the world’s leading research scientist in free radicals, Dr. Garry Buettner. The company that came up with this research does produce a line of supplements where this free radical generation has been reduced by around 90%, so you will absorb not only your minerals, but your antioxidants. The process is patent pending. For more information about this company, (Contact Us) Are All Supplements The Same?
No, they are not. Some of them don’t even dissolve when you take them. When you are looking at vitamin supplements, you need to be aware that it is mostly about business and profit. There is virtually no regulation on the supplement industry in the United States. Europe is a different matter, especially in Germany where there is a commission that deals primarily with nutritional products. So, in the U.S. you are pretty much on your own. I can tell you up front that most of the major vitamin companies in the market place do not have your best interests in mind, it’s all about the money.
The only reason that most people know about a product like Centrum™ is not because they improve your health, but because of the millions of dollars they spend on advertising.
There is one company that actually guarantees the results of their supplements, and they have new science that I mentioned above. They actually have a 90 day written guarantee that you will feel positive results in your health, or your money back! Their vitamin mineral combination contains all of the following in the correct daily amounts, all organically based, standardized extracts and no fillers.
Some Vitamins and Minerals We ALL Need For Good Health:
• Vitamin A: Sometimes called the “anti-infective vitamin”.
• Vitamin C:
• Vitamin E:
• Vitamin D:
• Vitamin B6:
• Vitamin B12:
• Vitamin K:
• Vitamin B3 (Niacin):
• Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid):
• Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin):
• Vitamin B1 (Thiamin):
• Folate (Folic Acid):
• Selenium.What Vitamins Do & Food Sources
For detailed information on each vitamin and mineral, what they do, and some common food sources go to:
(Vitamins for Optimum Health) I don’t know about you, but I think our body is absolutely amazing! It knows what nutrients, vitamins and minerals to extract from our food, in exactly the right amount, and it knows what to do with all of them to help us maintain optimum health. For the most part, we are totally disconnected from the process, except for what we give our body to work with through the foods we eat.
To Sum It All Up….
“Good Nutrition Promotes Good Health”
When you realize that the biggest killers in our society today are cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and other degenerative conditions, you can’t help but make the connection between these diseases and good nutrition. Research has shown beyond any doubt that the majority of diseases facing mankind can be prevented by better nutrition, especially more quality vegetables, and fewer animal products, a quality vitamin supplement, and a regular exercise program. Just a few of the benefits of optimal nutrition are;
• A stronger and more resistant immune system to prevent infections and disease;
• A reduced risk of developing acute (such as the common cold) and chronic (such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes) diseases;
• Increased ability to cope with stress and stress related diseases;
• Increased energy levels, feelings of well being, and emotional stability;
• Healthier pregnancy for the mother AND for the infant;
• Prevention of premature aging.Vitamins and Minerals are Key To Good Health!
Good nutrition combined with good quality supplements, can provide help in preventingand relieving the symptoms of:
• Sleep Disorders;
• Hot Flashes;
• Prostate Health;
• ADD and ADHD disorder;
• High Cholesterol;
• High Blood Pressure;
• Panic Attacks;
• Bipolar Disorder;
There is no argument to the fact that quality food remains our best source of nutrients. Foods have not only vitamins and minerals, but other nutrients that help promote good health now, and into your future. Again, it is the quality of the food that is so important. Even if it costs you a few more dollars out of your food budget to buy organically produced food, in the long run (your life) it is worth it.(Home Page) (Contact Us) (Healthy Foods: Foods That Heal) (Childrens Nutrition) (Diet and Disease) (Disease Prevention) (Eating Healthy) (Healthy Aging) (Healthy Diet) (Mens Health) (Womens Health)