In the last post about vitamins, we spoke about what they were and tried to clear up some of the false info perpetrated by others.
Firstly, here is a list of the Vitamins and what they do in your body. I’ve also included what foods these vitamins can be gotten from.
* Vitamin A
Vitamin A helps to regulate cell development, promote bone and teeth development, and boost the body’s immune system. It is needed particularly for good vision and healthy skin. It also improves the body’s healing ability. Vitamin A can be found in liver, kidneys, butter, eggs, fish oils, and the beta-carotene of green and yellow fruit and vegetables.
* Vitamin B1
Vitamin B1 is necessary for converting blood sugar into energy, keeping the nervous system healthy and promoting growth. It can be obtained from wheat germ, peanuts, sunflower seeds, beans, pork, cereals and peas.
* Vitamin B2
Vitamin B2 helps the body to produce energy. It is particularly important during the stage of growth and development as it helps to keep the mucous membranes healthy and protect the nervous system, eyes and skin. Vitamin B2 is mainly found in milk, cheese, yogurt, green leafy vegetables, liver, kidneys, chicken and bread.
* Vitamin B3 Vitamin B3 is essential in keeping the skin, nerve system and digestive system healthy. It also helps to release energy from the food we eat and aids in lowering the blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. The dietary sources of vitamin B3 include lean meats, poultry, fish, avocados, peanuts and sunflower seeds.
* Vitamin B5
Vitamin B5 aids the body fight infections, heal wounds and build cells. It helps to strengthen the body’s immune system. Vitamin B5 is mainly found in liver, kidneys, fish, eggs and whole-grain products.
* Vitamin B6 Vitamin B6 has an important function in the production of cells. This vitamin helps to maintain the health of the nervous and immune systems. It is instrumental in maintaining leucocytes (white blood cells), which produce antibodies. Apart from these, it enables the body to resist stress and helps maintain the proper chemical balance in the body’s fluids. The dietary sources of Vitamin B6 include meat, eggs, cabbage, melon, molasses, yeast, avocados, carrots, bananas, fish, rice, soybeans and whole grains.
* Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 aids in growth and cell development, particularly in the production of erythrocytes (red blood cells). It also enables the body to process carbohydrates and fats. Helping the nervous system to function properly, it improves memory and concentration. It also helps the body process deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Vitamin B12 can be obtained from fish, dairy products, pork, beef, lamb and eggs.
* Vitamin C
Vitamin C is required for healthy skin, bones, and muscles. It plays an important role in the manufacture of collagen, which is the connective tissue that holds bones together. Vitamin C also helps to protect the body from viruses and allergies. Besides, it lowers the level of cholesterol and aids the absorption of iron. Being an important antioxidant, it protects the body from free radicals and helps repair damaged tissue. Furthermore, it aids in the production of hemoglobin and red blood cells, accelerates wound healing and maintains the health of gums and teeth. Vitamin C can be found in fresh fruits, berries, tomatoes, broccoli, green peppers, vegetables and potatoes.
* Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for the growth and development of strong bones and teeth. It assists in the absorption of calcium. A vitamin D deficiency can result in rickets, which is a disease characterized by the softening of bones. Vitamin D can be obtained from milk products, eggs, herring, salmon, sardines and fish oil. Sun exposure is a source of vitamin D. Ultraviolet rays from the sunlight can trigger vitamin D synthesis in the skin.
* Vitamin E
Vitamin E is essential for the absorption of iron, slowing of the ageing process, and fertility. It is a powerful antioxidant which helps protect cells from damage by free radicals. It also assists in the production of red blood cells, helps prevent blood clots and is believed to reduce the development of certain types of cancer. The main sources of Vitamin E include vegetable oils, nuts, sunflower seeds, eggs, wheat germ and green leafy vegetables.
* Vitamin K
Vitamin K helps the clotting of blood and the healing of wounds. This vitamin can be obtained from green vegetables, milk products, cod-liver oil, apricots and whole grains.
To change subjects for a second, you should realize that there are groups, heavily funded who want to make vitamins a prescription item.
Now that medical evidence shows vitamin supplement effectiveness, you may not get a chance to use them. An international pharmaceutical trade-group cartel known as CODEX is preparing to limit dietary supplements to RDA-quantities only, and make any supplement over the RDA a prescription-only item. This has already been done in a number of European countries. The whole CODEX issue has been kept behind closed doors and off TV. We’ve had public hearings on tobacco. We’ve had assault weapons and crime hearings. We’ve had how-do-people-dimple- ballots-in-Florida hearings. Seen any CODEX hearings lately? Be aware, meds are much more profitable than vitamins. need I say more.
Last Note Linus Pauling is one of only 4 people to have won 2 noble prizes.
He was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists of the 20th century. He was also a huge proponent of vitamin C as a way of preventing colds as well as other illnesses. He basically was ostracized by scientists doing research funded by (can you guess? Yup large pharmaceutical companies). The fact remained that the majority of his research holds up. It takes a very special. enlightened and brilliant mind to win one, much less 2 noble prizes.
Perhaps the final insult was that Pauling died at 93 years old of Prostate cancer. Instead of the the tributes to an incredible mind who furthered not only biology but physics, the comments were: “Well, if vitamins did as he said, why did he die”? can you see the stupidity of that statement?
I highly recommend that you read his book: “How to Live Longer and Feel Better”, it is an eye opener.
Next: What the heck are Minerals?