Vitamin D Overdose Symptoms

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You might think that it’s easy to overdose on Vitamin D since it is a fat soluble vitamin, but this is not true. You would have to take massive amounts of this vitamin for a long time in order to reach a toxic level. Toxicity has been reported after taking 50.000IU per day for several months in a row, which is truly a massive dose.

But enough with that, lets cover the primary Vitamin D overdose symptoms (otherwise known as hypervitaminosis d):

This is a serious condition, and needs to be addressed by a health professional. This only happens when you take too many Vitamin D supplements, it is impossible to reach toxic levels through diet or sunlight alone. The diet just contains too little, you would have to eat massive amounts of cod fish liver oil to reach these kinds of levels and would probably just get sick from all the oil.

When your skin produces Vitamin D, it has a negative feedback system that prevents it from making too much. It might make about 10.000-20.000IU, and then no more. What this means, is that when a certain amount of Vitamin D has been made in your skin, the enzymes in the skin can’t make any more because there’s too much Vitamin D “in the way”. Negative feedback is a very common control method in your body’s physiology.

So the only way for you to get a Vitamin D overdose, is to overdose on a Vitamin D supplement. If you have done that, or suspect that some else has, then these are the primary symptoms of Vitamin D overdose: confusion, weakness, heart arrhythmia, low appetite, constipation, nausea and vomiting.

There is another medical term called Vitamin D hypersensitivity, which is sometimes confused with Vitamin D toxicity, but in reality they are not the same thing. Vitamin D hypersensitivity is usually caused by another condition called hyperparathyroidism. People with these disorders should be under the care of a physician.

The first thing to do in case of a Vitamin D overdose is, obviously, to immediately stop taking all Vitamin D supplements. Then go see your doctor as soon as possible, if your symptoms are severe then you should go to the emergency room.

So, these are the main Vitamin D overdose symptoms. I would recommend supplementing with Vitamin D if you don’t get a lot of sun year round and if you don’t take any massive doses than you should be completely safe. If you are concerned then do it with your doctor’s consent and have him do regular blood tests to check your levels.

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Source by Kristjan Gunnarsson

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptoms – Gastrointestinal Disorders

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In a previous article, we discussed the high risk groups for vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms; vegetarians, pregnant and lactating women (especially those that are also vegetarian), adults over 50 and people with gastrointestinal disorders. Each of these groups is naturally at a higher risk for vitamin B12 deficiency since their digestive process is altered. They should monitor themselves more closely and consider nutritional supplements to prevent symptoms from a B12 deficiency.

In this article, we want to focus on the needs of gastrointestinal patients. Since vitamin B12 is absorbed in the small intestines, with the help of acids and proteins produced in the stomach, any disruption to their natural state will decrease absorption. Most adults need 2.4mcg per day or they could start to experience B12 deficiency symptoms.

Gastric Bypass Surgery:

This is a great life altering surgery for many people to lose weight and live a longer life. However, because the stomach is much smaller after this surgery it is unable to produce enough acid and proteins needed to help the body absorb the B12. The acids break the B12 away from the animal proteins of the foods (dairy, eggs, red meat, chicken, fish, etc.). The “intrinsic factor” protein created in the stomach then combines with the B12 to assist in the absorption process in the intestines. In this case, the intestines are fine, but the stomach fails to prep the B12.

Gastrointestinal Disease:

Many people suffer from Chron’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or celiac disease. These all create flare ups in the intestinal tract that damage the lining of the intestine walls or remove all the probiotics that aid in the further breakdown of foods. The body fails to absorb everything, let alone the vitamin B12. Vital nutrients are literally flushed straight through the body. In this case, the stomach is fine and properly prepping the B12, but the intestines can’t absorb it.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Symptom Prevention:

Both of these groups need to find alternative ways to obtain B12. Any nutritional supplement; that is swallowed will still fail to be absorbed in the system. Supplements that get around this include ear patches, injections and even nasal sprays.

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Source by Robert Zinderbaan

The Function of Vitamin B in Our Life

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The B vitamins are eight water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. Historically, the B vitamins were once thought to be a single vitamin, referred to as vitamin B (much like how people refer to vitamin C or vitamin D). Later research showed that they are chemically distinct vitamins that often coexist in the same foods. Supplements containing all eight are generally referred to as a vitamin B complex.

List of B vitamins are as follows:

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin, includes nicotinic acid and nicotinamide)
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine)
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin), also known as vitamin H
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid), also, vitamin M
  • Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements)

Each B vitamin has its own individual properties and its own unique biological role to play. As a group, these nutrients have so much in common that they are often thought of as a single entity.

Key Functions of Vitamin B

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy and helps in the metabolism of proteins and fats.
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – is required to complete several reactions in the energy cycle.
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin, includes nicotinic acid and nicotinamide) – helps the metabolism of carbohydrates.
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) – promotes a large number of metabolic reactions essential for the growth and well-being of animals.
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine) – is a coenzyme for several enzyme systems involved in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin), also known as vitamin H – plays a role in metabolic processes that lead to the formation of fats and the utilization of carbon dioxide.
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid), also, vitamin M – is necessary for the synthesis of nucleic acids and the formation of red blood cells.
  • Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements) – is a complex crystalline compound that functions in all cells, but especially in those of the gastrointestinal tract, the nervous system, and the bone marrow. It is known to aid in the development of red blood cells in higher animals.

Food Sources of Vitamin B

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – Thiamin is found in whole-grain cereals, bread, red meat, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, legumes, sweet corn, brown rice, berries, and yeast.
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – Riboflavin is found in whole-grain products, milk, meat, eggs, cheese and peas.
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin, includes nicotinic acid and nicotinamide) – Niacin is found in protein-rich foods. The most common protein rich foods are: meats, fish, brewer’s yeast, milk, eggs, legumes, potatoes and peanuts.
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) – Pantothenic acid is found in meats, legumes and whole-grain cereals.
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine) – Pyridoxine can be found in many foods. Some of the foods that contain it are: liver, meat, brown rice, fish, butter, wheat germ, whole grain cereals, and soybeans.
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin), also known as vitamin H – Liver, egg yolk, green vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid), also, vitamin M – Folic acid is found in many foods, including yeast, liver, green vegetables, and whole grain cereals.
  • Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements) – Vitamin B12 can be found in liver, meat, egg yolk, poultry and milk.

Recommended Daily Usage

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – 0-6 months (0.3mg), 6-12 months (0.5mg), 1-18 years (1-1.5mg), 18+ years (1.5mg), Pregnant/Lactating (+0.5mg), Theraputic Range: 50mg to 1000mg+
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – 0-6 months (0.4mg), 6-12 months (0.6mg), 1-18 years (1-1.5mg), 18+ years (1.7mg), Pregnant/Lactating (+0.5mg), Theraputic Range: 50mg to 500mg+
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin, includes nicotinic acid and nicotinamide) – 0-6 months (6mg), 6-12 months (8mg), 1-18 years (10-15mg), 18+ years (15-20mg), Pregnant/Lactating (+4 mg), Theraputic Range: 100mg to 2000mg+
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) – 0-6 months (2.5mg), 6-12 months (3mg), 1-18 years (4-7mg), 18+ years (10mg), Pregnant/Lactating (+3mg), Theraputic Range: 250mg to 20g+
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, and pyridoxamine) – 0-6 months (0.3mg), 6-12 months (0.6mg), 1-18 years (1-2mg), 18+ years (2.5mg), Pregnant/Lactating (+0.6mg), Theraputic Range: 50mg to 1000mg+
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin), also known as vitamin H – 0-6 months (35mcg), 6-12 months (50 mcg), 1-18 years (100-200mcg), 18+ years (300mcg), Pregnant/Lactating (+50mcg), Theraputic Range: 50mcg to 15mg+
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid), also, vitamin M – 0-6 months (30mcg), 6-12 months (50mcg), 1-18 years (100-400mcg), 18+ years (400mcg), Pregnant/Lactating (+1mg), Theraputic Range: 400mcg to 20mg+
  • Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements) – 0-6 months (0.5mcg), 6-12 months (1.5mcg), 1-18 years (2-4mcg), 18+ years (4-6mcg), Pregnant/Lactating (+1mcg), Theraputic Range: 50mcg to 10mg+

Nutritional Safety

 

Each of the B vitamins has different safety and usage factors:

  • Vitamin B1 – Easily destroyed by alcohol consumption, caffeine, stress, and smoking. Pregnant women may benefit from slightly higher levels of B1. Large doses (5,000 to 10,000 mg) can cause headaches, irritability, rapid pulse, and weakness.
  • Vitamin B2 – Absorption or availability is decreased by the use of oral contraceptives, as well as by regular exercise and alcohol consumption. Vegetarians and the elderly may benefit from slightly higher levels of B2. A deficiency of riboflavin can cause skin disorders, anemia, light-sensitive eyes, and inflammation of the soft tissue lining around the mouth and nose.
  • Vitamin B3 – Nicotinic acid (niacin) – People who exercise regularly, take oral contraceptives, or have a lot of stress in their lives may need slightly higher levels. A deficiency of niacin causes the disease, pellagra. More than 100mg of vitamin B3 can cause flushing, tingling, itching, headaches, nausea, diarrhea and ulcers.
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) – Elderly people and those who take oral contraceptives, as well as those who smoke, or consume alcohol or caffeine may need slightly higher levels. Symptoms of deficiency may include depression and poor appetite. An individual suffering from biotin deficiency may seem lethargic, weak or easily fatigued. Hair loss may result from biotin insufficiency. Additionally in some cases of severe biotin deficiency, eczema occurs. The eczema can appear anywhere on the body but primarily targets the face. Occasionally deficiency will result in a slight swelling or inflammation of the tongue as well.
  • Vitamin B6 – Pregnant or breastfeeding/lactating women, those who use contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy, and those who use antibiotics regularly may need slightly higher levels. B6 supplementation is also suggested for those who consume alcohol, smoke, and consume protein above recommended levels. Deficiency of pyridoxine is rare. However, pyridoxine deficiency often occurs in alcoholics. Deficiency causes skin disorders, disruption of the nervous system, confusion, poor coordination and insomnia. Pyridoxine is also called pyridoxal phosphate and pyridoxamine. More than 500mg can cause irreversible nerve damage. The nerve damage can cause impaired walking, numbness, tingling and poor sense of touch.
  • Vitamin B7 (Biotin) – Pregnant women and those who use antibiotics on a long-term basis may need increased levels.
  • Vitamin B9 (Folic acid) – Elderly people and pregnant women may need higher levels, as well as people who consume alcohol or have risk factors associated with heart disease. Deficiency of folic acid causes anemia, poor growth, and irritation of the mouth. Deficiency of folic acid is common in alcoholics, the elderly, and people who are malnourished. Folic Acid is also called folacin and pteroylglutamic acid.
  • Vitamin B12 – Strict vegetarians and vegans, along with pregnant and/or lactating women, and those who consume alcohol or smoke may need increased levels. Deficiency of vitamin B12 causes mouth irritation, brain damage, and a disease called pernicious anemia.

My next article entitled The Function of Vitamin C in our Life will examine the role of Vitamin C in good nutrition.

See you on the Beaches of the World.

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Source by Kevin McNabb

Health Benefits of Vitamin C – Effects on the Body

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Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the most important antioxidant in our body, used to fight off inflammation caused by oxidative damage, thereby helping each and every cell within to repair quickly.

As you continue, you’ll learn about several of health benefits that come from getting enough “C” in your diet. However, there’s one myth that needs to be dispelled before proceeding.

The Cold & Flu Myth

This antioxidant gets most of its fanfare during cold and flu season. The thinking being that vitamin C helps to ward these infections off. In fact, there’s no scientific evidence to support this commonly accepted notion.

To put this myth to rest, the only reason taking vitamin C would hold any benefit to cold and flu sufferers would be if you’re deficient to begin with. You might fight off the symptoms more quickly when taking a supplement, IF you don’t get enough of it with your regular diet, but don’t expect to get fewer occurrences from taking it.

Recommended Daily Dose (mg)

  • 0-1 year: 50
  • Ages 1-3: 15
  • Ages 4-8: 25
  • Ages 8-18: 80
  • Male Adults: 90-500
  • Female Adults: 75-500
  • During Pregnancy: 90-500
  • While Breast Feeding: 120-1000

*Smokers should aim for at least 250 mg per day, as increased inflammation from this habit causes the body to use more vitamin C to maintain optimal health.

Top Dietary Sources of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is only found in veggies and fruits. In general, the brighter the color, the more “C” you’ll get.

The list provided below shows the top food sources, in ascending order.

Foods rich in Vitamin C:

Veggies (mg):

  • ½ cup of colored peppers: 101-144
  • ½ cup of green peppers: 63
  • ½ cup chopped broccoli: 54
  • 1 cup of red cabbage: 54
  • 4 brussel sprouts: 50
  • ½ cup of kohlrabi: 47
  • ½ cup of snow peas: 41
  • ½ cup of cauliflower: 28
  • ½ cup of kale: 28
  • ½ cup of rapini: 24
  • 1 medium sized potato: 21
  • ½ cup of bok choy: 23
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato: 22
  • 6 spears of asparagus: 22
  • ½ cup of turnip tops (greens): 21
  • ½ cup of collard greens: 18
  • 1 medium sized tomato: 16
  • ½ cup of tomato sauce: 15

Fruits:

  • 1 regular guava fruit: 206
  • 1 large papaya: 188
  • 1 grapefruit: 95
  • 1 large kiwi: 84
  • 1 medium sized orange: 75
  • 10 lychees: 69
  • 1 mango: 58
  • 1 avocado: 52
  • ½ cup strawberries (not chopped): 52
  • ½ cup pineapple (chopped): 45
  • 1 clementine: 36
  • ½ cup of cantaloupe: 31
  • ½ cup of fortified juices (apple, orange, grape, grapefruit, pineapple): 29-70
  • ½ cup of soursop: 25
  • 1 medium tangerine: 22
  • ½ cup of persimmon: 17
  • ½ cup of berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries): 17

Benefits of Vitamin C

Diabetes:

People with diabetes don’t produce as much insulin as non-diabetics. Insulin pushes vitamin C into our cells where it does all its work. Low levels of circulating vitamin C, combined with low insulin levels means diabetics are more susceptible to the effects of free-radical damage. Vitamin C also reduces glycosylated hemoglobin levels (sugar adhering to red blood cells) which causes slow wound healing, high blood pressure, neuropathy and numerous other health problems.

Eye Health:

As an antioxidant, vitamin C prevents cataracts, which are caused by sunlight, to cloud up our eyes. A healthy human eye will contain loads of concentrated vitamin C; poor intake is one of the leading causes of cataracts, next to excessive sun exposure.

Asthma:

Asthma is a disease resulting from excessive inflammation in the lungs and airways. Vitamin C controls inflammation and has proved instrumental in treating and preventing symptoms (see study). Asthmatics can benefit from doses of 1000-2000 mg daily.

Faster Healing:

Because “C” reduces oxidative stress on cells and reduces inflammation, adequate levels in the body will also promote faster healing than would occur with those with poor dietary intake of the vitamin.

Cardiovascular Health:

Free radical damage inside the walls of our arteries leaves them vulnerable to plaque, which is caused by circulating cholesterol and fatty acids forming together (i.e., arteriosclerosis). Vitamin C is beneficial to prevent plaque formation and also helps to reduce it when plaque has already begun.

Cancer Prevention & Treatment:

Cancer is caused by cumulative oxidative stress in the areas of the body affected by cancers of all kinds. Vitamin C is directly responsible for removing free radicals before they cause damage, making it essential for prevention and treatment of all types of cancer.

Weight Loss:

Obese people have lower levels of circulating vitamin C in their body; most likely due to a poor diet. Increasing your dose of vitamin C significantly lowers levels adiponectin, a fat-suppressing hormone shown to dramatically decrease waist circumference and over all body-mass-index numbers. Learn more about vitamin C deficiency and its link to obesity here.

Summary

Our bodies do not manufacture vitamin C, putting it at the top of the list of 13 essential vitamins that we must get via diet to maintain optimal health. Anyone who’s taken a middle-school history class knows about scurvy and its effects on early sea-farers, but many of the effects caused by deficiency today are silent killers, slowly robbing us of our health and youthful exuberance.

At the very least, consider taking a quality supplement, chelated or liquid form, to ensure optimal health – now and in the future.

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Source by Steve Mason-Robinson

Bedpan Vitamins? The Real Deal On Supermarket Vitamin Brands

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Here’s something that should make you think twice about which vitamin supplements to buy.

In the United States, there’s a certain brand of vitamins infamously called “bedpan vitamins among hospital nurses. Why? Because patients who take them cannot digest them, and tablets end up intact even after the patients take a poop in the bedpan.

It makes you think that perhaps, consumers should be more wary of the kind of vitamin supplements they buy. All told, just because they cost money, it doesn’t mean they’re all worth the cost.

In fact, in the United States, consumers spend millions every year on vitamin brands don’t get “processed” by the body and leave the way they came in – with brand markings and all. This is because they are made with synthetic ingredients that are not easily digested or absorbed in the stomach.

Vitamin Supplements – Going Back to the Basics

If you really think about it, they are just that – supplements, and so they should never be used to replace a healthy diet. However, if you’re unable to manage so that you’re eating healthy meals anywhere, anytime, just make sure you’re taking vitamins that:

(a) Are absorbable by the body, and

(b) Have sufficient quantities of nutrients to be effective

If you don’t want to waste your money, be conscious about the type and brand of vitamins that you buy. Did you know there are over 1,000 brands of vitamins supplements being sold in the United States and Canada, but that very few of them are actually recommended by doctors?

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Source by Lyle Rutstein

Why You Are Wasting Your Money on Vitamin D Capsules

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People can suffer from Vitamin D deficiency. The most commonly identified causes are dietary or lack of exposure to sunlight. The typical solution is to supplement through Vitamin D capsules. As medication and food supplements have been traditionally in the form of pills and tablets, people will naturally assume they’re getting their money’s worth and take the effectiveness as a given.

Operation of Vitamin D
Vitamin D has a whole range of essential benefits depending on how it is processed. The whole thing starts in the skin where a kind of inherent cholesterol known as 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation to form cholecalciferol also known as Vitamin D3. This substance is taken to the liver where it is then converted into 25-hydroxy vitamin D. This new substance is in turn either processed in the kidneys or by the immune system. As part of the immune system, its role is to defend against foreign microbes. As a hormone synthesized in the kidneys, it controls the amount of phosphate and calcium in the blood and so ensures proper bone health and development. Other functions include regulation of nerve and muscle function and even decrease of inflammation. It is one of the nutrients that help you recover from physical stress. The nutrient in Vitamin D capsules is already in the form of cholecalciferol since it is taken orally and doesn’t go through the photo-reaction stage.

Variable required amounts of Vitamin D
Vitamin D capsules come in various standard dosages set by agencies like the Food and Drug Administration and other national health institutions. Although there are recommended dosages, current studies still don’t clearly agree on what the nominal amount is for a healthy person. In fact there has been some research that showed even people who enjoy regular sunlight can be Vitamin D deficient. Unlike other essential nutrients, determining the correct level of Vitamin D is more a matter of individual diagnosis. The most accurate method so far is to measure the amount of 25-hydroxy vitamin D in the bloodstream. It is recommended that one consults a doctor and undergo this type of blood test to get a precise picture. Over dosage of Vitamin D can be just as harmful as deficiency.

Limitations of Vitamin D capsules
Cholecalciferol is structurally similar to most types of cholesterol. This is the reason why Vitamin D is sometimes called an oil-based nutrient. Consequently the capsule, gel cap, even liquid forms of Vitamin D food supplements will have oil as an ingredient. There are certain disadvantages that come with these characteristics. Vitamin D capsules first need to go through and be broken down by the digestive tract before it can proceed to the liver and be metabolized to 25-hydroxy vitamin D. This does not necessarily result in the complete absorption of the full dosage. The medium or ingredient used is also questionable. Some brands may utilize oil from genetically modified soy. The full effects of ingesting products made from genetically modified organisms have not yet been fully researched. One who is truly conscientious about his or her health should be wary of such products.

An alternative solution
Since the stumbling block for Vitamin D capsules lies in the effectiveness of absorption, the solution was to reduce the particle size. Instead of pills that still needed to be swallowed and broken down, the vitamin is housed in a special container that sprays into the mouth. The mechanism can be calibrated and deliver an exact dosage. The fine mist that comes out is made up of molecule-sized particles of the vitamin. Thus the nutrient is directly absorbed through the mouth tissues and quickly enters the blood stream, bypassing the digestive system altogether.

Because of this advantage of convenience and efficiency many nutritionists and dietary supplement manufacturers are beginning to adopt this new technology. One notable example for Vitamin D is a Vitamin D3 Spray that you can actually spray under your tongue. To learn more about that, go to: To find out more, go to http://www.pacificfit.net/supplements.php#fishoilvitamind

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Source by Ben Greenfield

Vitamin Water – A Health Drink That Enhances the Benefits of Drinking Water or Silly Sales Gimmick?

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Many people drink vitamin water and believe they are consuming a health drink, but that’s like believing cotton candy is good, fat free food. Let’s look at the small print on a bottle of vitamin water. The flavor we’ll investigate for this article is kiwi-strawberry, which the label suggests will improve your “focus”.

The first thing we notice about the ingredients is that there is not one mention of kiwi or strawberry, only “natural flavor”, which could be anything from sugar to MSG. In fact, on a bottle of supposed kiwi-strawberry “nutrient enhanced water beverage” the label states that this health drink contains less than 1% fruit juice. What is really in this vitamin water and is it a health drink? Upon closer inspection we see that it is really a bottle filled with distilled, de-ionized water, sugar, isolated vitamins and minerals.

One nutrition fact to note on the label of the vitamin water is that each bottle contains 2.5 servings. This is where the amount of sugar can be deceiving because the label reveals only 13g of sugar, but that’s per serving. Multiply 13g times 2.5 servings and you’ve got a whopping 32.5 grams of sugar in each bottle of vitamin water, that’s more than most sodas. You see, the first ingredient listed on the label, after the dead, de-mineralized water, is crystalline fructose, which might best be described as liquid cotton candy. That’s what this bottle of pink vitamin water tasted like-liquid cotton candy, only with less flavor and more of a chemical aftertaste. I could only handle a few sips before beginning to clearly “focus” on how very bad this product is, and how sneaky the manufacturer is to make it look like a health drink.

Now, let’s take a good look at the “vitamins” that are in this “nutrient enhanced beverage” of kiwi-strawberry vitamin water. According to the label, each serving contains 10% of your daily requirements for Vitamins A, B3, B6, B12, and B5 and a hefty 40% of your daily allowance of Vitamin C. The problem is that these “vitamins” are not attached to any whole food like strawberries or kiwis.

Remember, those whole foods were missing from the ingredients. Therefore, the live enzymes needed to help your body absorb the vitamins into your cells are not there. It is a nutrition fact that whole foods like fruits and vegetables contain live enzymes, which act as catalysts for vitamins and minerals to work in your cells. Without those whole food properties, isolated vitamins are not easily absorbed by the body and are more than likely eliminated in the toilet. So, how many of those vitamins in the vitamin water are actually being put into use by the body? Probably about as many as you could get from eating cotton candy.

If you really want good tasting health drink formulas that truly enhance the benefits of drinking water, then you need to search the Internet. There are some excellent all natural health drink formulas that contain live enzymes, real whole food vitamins, and more nutrients than you could ever get from a case of vitamin water, but you won’t find those superior health drink products at the convenience store. You have to look past the sales gimmicks, read labels carefully, learn about live enzymes, whole foods, and how the body absorbs nutrients. You can find all of this information on the net. If you are serious about your health and fitness and want something more than a gimmick, search the web. Look for nutrition facts about whole foods, all natural foods and health drink products to truly enhance the benefits of drinking water, or anything else you are putting in your body.

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Source by Cliff Smith

Vitamin D – Benefits, Deficiency And Food Sources

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Vitamin D, also called calciferol, is a vitamin that dissolves in the body’s fat. Inflammatory gum disease occurs much less frequently in people older than 50 who have adequate Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults, which are skeletal diseases that result in defects that weaken bones.

It is found in food, but also can be made in your body after exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D is naturally produced in the skin by a process that could be thought of as photosynthesis. When skin is exposed to sunlight, a type of cholesterol in the body is converted into a form of vitamin D. Vitamin D also helps to keep teeth and gums healthy, especially in older adults. The best way to get the daily requirement of essential vitamins is to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods from the food guide pyramid.

Benefits of vitamin D:

1. Vitamin D helps in metabolizing calcium and phosphorus in the body.

2. Protect against certain types of cancer.

3. It is important for the formation and maintenance of a healthy bones and teeth.

4. Slow joint damage due to arthritis.

5. One of the benefits of vitamin D is a special anti-cancer potency in the prostate.

Deficiency Symptoms of vitamin D:

1. Muscle pain.

2. Renal problems.

3. Low energy and fatigue.

4. Lowered immunity.

5. Depression and mood swings.

6. Sleep irregularities.

Some Food sources of vitamin D:

1. Cod liver oil.

2. Oysters.

3. Fortified cereals.

4. Fatty fish (e.g.. Mackerel & Herring).

5. Eggs.

6. Butter and margarine.

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Source by Jane Campsie

Which Are The Best Vitamin Supplements? – Liquid Or Solid

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When a person is looking into the choices related to, there are many topics they must address, prior to engaging into a standard routine. The first problem to tackle could be found in the boundaries of your diet and the nutrients you’re regularly introducing into your body.

When a healthy diet covers a number of particular nutrient requirements, sometimes there is no reason for an individual to invest in a supplement that provides the same nutrients which are already being supported. However, what you must evaluate is whether you would profit from a multivitamin supplement as a every day top up for your body’s needs in order for it to run in tip top condition, or if it may be beneficial just to supplement during times of stress and illness. A good multivitamin formula could benefit any kind of diet, provided the right one is chosen. One topic which has recently begun to grow in popularity, relates to whether it is better to consume solid or liquid.

So as to properly understand this debate, its essential to look into the pros and cons of each of these options.

In support of liquid is the fluid solution of vitamins. This enables the body to easily absorb the available nutrients as they’re essentially already broken down. The body could sometimes have difficulty in trying to breakdown nutrients when they are in a solid form; therefore liquid nutrients are a better choice if you think this may pose a problem for you.

It is worth nothing though, that liquid can sometimes be hard for the body to absorb. Many of the nutrient absorption occurs in the small intestine and the liquid form could be immensely deteriorated simply by passing through the acids of the stomach. Solid state have a protective coating which assist to conserve most of the nutrients as they pass through the stomach acids and into the small intestine.

Another problem which is found with liquid refers to the shelf life. A person could buy one bottle of solid vitamin supplements with hundreds of pills because they have a longer shelf life in solid form. With liquid vitamin supplements, the nutrients begin to breakdown overtime, requiring the bottle size to be decreased and the purchase of these vitamins bought at an increased rate.

For the budget conscious person, the solid vitamin supplement often provides the best in terms of value for cash. Additionally, the liquid vitamin supplement cannot contain the enzymes which boost nutrient absorption like a solid vitamin supplement can, as the liquid form deteriorates at an incredibly paced rate.

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Source by Keith K Woolley