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“The Many Uses of Calcium” Part 2

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This is a continuation of “The Many Uses of Calcium” Part 1, where we discussed how our bodies use calcium for building bones, clotting blood, keeping teeth and gums healthy, maintaining cell membranes, and for stress management. Learning how we use calcium will help us to realize why it is important to maintain normal levels of calcium in our bodies.

Sleep: Calcium levels are directly linked to your sleep cycles. Our bodies use a lot of calcium during the deepest levels of sleep, particularly REM sleep. If there is not enough calcium present in your body, then REM sleep cannot happen and you’ll wake up. William Sears, M.D. says, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods.” Replenishing calcium levels can help many people to get a restful, full night’s sleep.

Heart: Calcium is a necessary part of the heart creating a beat. Calcium creates the beginning of a heart beat and then is sent through calcium channels to other cardiac cells, prompting them to beat. Calcium binds to muscle fibers to trigger the actual contraction of the heart. When calcium levels are too high, it slows down the heart. Current studies are being done to determine if high calcium levels put people at a high risk for heart attack. On the other hand, low calcium levels cause a rapid heartbeat and can damage the heart over time.

Cholesterol: New studies are focused around how calcium can help control cholesterol levels. It is thought that calcium binds to cholesterol in the small intestine, so that it is excreted instead of absorbed.

Muscles: Muscles twitch and cramp if there is an insufficient supply of calcium. Calcium can help to improve neurotransmitter function so that muscles receive the right signals, as well. The right amount of calcium leads to smooth functioning muscles with reduced healing time after exertion.

Energy: Calcium flows into and out of cells at a pace that is just right for cellular function. This signaling is very complex, but if calcium levels are sufficient, it is a smooth functioning system. When there is not enough calcium, the cells can’t produce energy. They’re solution is to consume themselves for energy. This is thought to be a contributing factor in nerve damage, nerve degeneration, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Skin: Calcium regulates skin cell turnover. It also controls the lipid and melanin content of the skin’s cells. Calcium protects the skin from irritants by stimulating antioxidants to prevent damage to skin cells. Calcium is also thought to prevent premature aging of the skin, thinning of the skin, and protect the skin from various cancers.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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“The Many Uses of Calcium” Part 1

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Your body uses calcium for a wide array of functions. We use calcium for maintaining bones, nerves, muscles, and more. We lose a lot of our calcium through sweat and many people don’t get enough calcium to begin with. Use this list to remind yourself of how important calcium is so that you remember to get plenty in your diet or vitamins and supplements routine.

Bones: Children need lots of calcium to build bones and bone mass. As we age, our bodies use calcium for a variety of other reasons. If calcium runs out, our body will draw what it needs from our bones. Bones are not static, fixed structures in the body. They are constantly breaking down and repairing themselves. We need to maintain high enough calcium levels to repair bones when needed.

Blood Clotting: When you are cut or injured, blood needs to clot to prevent bleeding to death. Platelets in the blood stick together and stop the bleeding. Calcium pairs with vitamin K and the protein fibrinogen to form the platelet clot. Without enough calcium in the blood, clotting cannot happen and dangerous bleeding can occur.

Teeth and Gums: Calcium helps to keep bacteria in our mouths from multiplying. When enough calcium is present in the diet, there is less tooth decay. Sugar is known to damage teeth, partially because sugar causes a rapid loss of calcium. Our teeth and gums will usually show signs of decay before osteoporosis sets in. They are great indicators for determining when you are not getting enough calcium in your diet.

Cells: Cell membranes are stabilized and protected by calcium. Calcium is known for helping to protect organ cells, especially the cells of the liver. When calcium levels are sufficient, cell injury and cell death are avoided, helping the body to fight off infection and disease. Calcium also plays a role in regulating nerve signals sent to cells and is thought to protect cells from an overactive immune system and/or invaders.

Stress Management: When we are startled or stressed, cells pull calcium inside of their membranes. When the stressor is gone, the calcium moves back out and magnesium calms the cell. The ratio of calcium to magnesium is very important for regulating stress. Every time a stressful situation occurs, which is multiple times per day for most people, calcium and magnesium are used up. If there is too much calcium or too much magnesium, that imbalance itself causes a stressor in the body, compounding the problem. If you have problems with stress, talk to your doctor about testing your blood to make sure that you are not deficient in calcium or magnesium.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Vitamin C Prevents and Cures Heat Exhaustion

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Do you feel like the heat just drains you of energy? Do other people seem fine at a heat level that is intolerable to you? It could be your vitamin and mineral levels. Vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, calcium, sodium, potassium, and of course water need to be replaced after being exposed to the heat.

People with diabetes, people over 40, people who urinate frequently, and people with hyperhidrosis (a condition where a person has more sweat glands than are necessary and sweating is excessive) need to replenish B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals lost through sweating at almost double the rate of other people. We start losing our sense of thirst after about age 40 and it’s common for elderly people to barely be able to sense thirst at all. This puts them at a much higher risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Every time you sweat, you lose the vitamins and electrolytes that give your muscles the energy that they need to work. If you are low in any of these nutrients, you will automatically feel sleepy and fatigued when you are exposed to the heat. Replacing these vitamins and minerals is essential to recovery from the heat.

Studies have shown that people suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke are almost always deficient in vitamin C as well as other water soluble vitamins, like B vitamins. The body requires double the amount of water in hot weather than it does in cooler weather. It flushes out water soluble vitamins with sweat. This has a lot of ramifications on your health, energy, mental state, and immune system.

There are a lot of side effects that you’ll notice if you’re running low on water soluble vitamins or minerals that are lost when you sweat. Hot flashes, anemia (insufficient iron), fatigue, loss of appetite, depression, abdominal discomfort, respiratory infections, hair loss, muscle cramps, gum disease, dry skin and dry hair are most common. Because the nervous system requires so much fluid, B vitamins, electrolytes, and vitamin C to function, many people will experience headaches, migraines, nerve pain, and neurological disturbances, including hallucinations, confusion, and even seizures.

Drinking sports drinks can help you to replace electrolytes, but many people are sensitive to the artificial sweeteners or sugar in them. A good alternative is to supplement with the best vitamin C, a non-acidic buffered vitmain C powder that contains calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Supplementing with a B vitamin complex is also advisable under a doctor’s supervision. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, whether you feel thirsty or not to guard against dehydration.

Supplementing and being diligent about hydration can help you to tolerate higher temperatures for longer periods of time. Not only will you be more comfortable, you’ll feel better and avoid the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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http://www.livestrong.com/article/458415-vitamin-deficiency-caused-by-excessive-sweating/
http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/heat_exhaustion.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/268689-vitamins-for-heat-exhaustion/
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002350.htm

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http://www.medicinenet.com/heat_stroke/article.htm

What Do B Vitamins Do?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

B vitamins were once thought to be one vitamin, vitamin B, because they generally coexist in similar or the same foods. Research later showed that there are actually eight chemically unique B vitamins, each responsible for different types of cell metabolism. If a multivitamin contains all eight forms of vitamin B, it is referred to as “vitamin B complex”.

Because all B vitamins are water soluble, they are generally not stored for very long in the body. B vitamins must be replenished, daily in some cases, by eating vitamin B rich foods or supplementing. Unless you have a specific deficiency or disease that depletes specific B vitamins, your doctor will probably recommend a vitamin B complex supplement. Here we will discuss the role of each B vitamin so that you can better understand what each one does for your body.

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is responsible for digesting carbohydrates. It also supports the nervous system, regulating signals used by the muscles and heart. Thiamine also helps to control the appetite, promotes proper growth and development, and helps you to maintain muscle tone.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is also responsible for digesting carbohydrates, but also aids in metabolizing them, along with fats and proteins. Riboflavin is responsible for producing antibodies and red blood cells. It is necessary for cell respiration and good eye health. It is also responsible for maintaining the skin, nails and hair.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) metabolizes sugar, protein and fat. It maintains the nervous system, the skin, tongue, and digestive system. It increases energy levels by properly using food calories. It improves blood circulation, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) aids in releasing energy found in carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It helps with growth and development, specifically the development of the central nervous system. It builds antibodies and increases the body’s resistance to stressors.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps with metabolizing fats and proteins. It is solely responsible for breaking down amino acids, which are the components of proteins. Pyridoxine helps to remove excess fluid from the body by balancing sodium and phosphorus. This helps reduce numbness in the extremities. It also aids in maintaining healthy skin, and reduces nausea. It is especially helpful with controlling muscle spasms and cramping.

Vitamin B7 (biotin) helps to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and aids in the production of fatty acids. It is produced by intestinal bacteria, so deficiency is rare, except in the case of certain metabolic disorders. It is thought that since antibiotics interfere with the survival of most intestinal bacteria that biotin deficiency could be a problem in people that are on long-term antibiotic therapies.

Vitamin B9 (folic acid) is necessary for the production and reproduction of all of the body’s cells. It is also necessary for the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow. Folic acid also aids in the metabolism of amino acids.

Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) also helps to form red blood cells and also aids in their regeneration. B12 is necessary for preventing anemia. It is used in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism and is very important for maintaining a healthy nervous system. It is necessary for calcium absorption and aids in the growth of children.

In general, B vitamins are necessary nutrients that support metabolism, cell growth, cell division, the immune system, and the nervous system. They help your body to make energy from the food that you eat and prevent many diseases. Talk to your doctor about any vitamins and supplements that you plan to take so that your vitamin levels can be properly monitored.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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What You Don’t Know About Vitamin D

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Vitamin D is one of the most powerful nutrients in the world and you’re probably not getting as much as you think. Your skin produces vitamin D when UVB sun rays hit it. We spend less and less time in the sun and suffer from higher rates of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity than our ancestors did.

1. You may think that you get plenty of sun on your skin driving to work in the morning, or letting the sun bathe you as you work near a window, but the rays that cause vitamin D to be produced cannot penetrate glass.

2. You would have to drink 15 cups of vitamin D fortified milk every day to get as much vitamin D as you get from 30 minutes of direct sun per week.

3. Sunlight is necessary to produce cholesterol sulfate, which is what your body needs to use the vitamin D that you consume through food and supplements. Without it, your body will increase levels of LDL cholesterol to accommodate and use the vitamin D. Sunlight can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, arterial plaque, cancer, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, dementia, seizures, asthma, migraines, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and both types of diabetes.

4. The further from the equator that you are, the more time in the sun you need. Most of the United States is considered far from the equator, increasing the time needed in the sun to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D.

5. The darker your skin, the longer sun exposure you need. A very light skinned person may only require 30 minutes per week of arms and face sun exposure when the UV index is at least at 3. A very dark skinned person may require 15 hours per week.

6. Exposing your skin to the sun for long enough to produce adequate levels of vitamin D and cholesterol sulfate will actually give you protection from skin cancer. Even sunscreen with an SPF of 2 can block your body’s vitamin D production by 95%.

7. It takes months of adequate sun exposure and/or supplementation to reverse damage done by low vitamin D levels. When levels are adequate, bones are nourished with calcium, the nervous system is restored to a healthier state, cholesterol levels can return to normal, and widespread inflammation is controlled.

8. A blood test can only confirm that vitamin D is circulating in your blood, not how well your body is using it. If you have kidney or liver problems, you may not be using the vitamin D supplements that you take. Cholesterol sulfate from the sun is necessary to heal these organs so that vitamin D supplements can be used.

9. You can quickly see if your body has adequate amounts of vitamin D and if it’s being used properly by pressing firmly on your sternum, the hard plate in the center of your chest. If it’s painful, you’re vitamin D levels or the utilization of the vitamin D in your blood is low. This test is 93% accurate because vitamin D utilization causes bone to harden. If the soft center of the bone is too close to the outside, due to long-term low vitamin D levels, then bones will be tender and painful when stressed.

10. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, high blood pressure, psoriasis and depression accompanied by pain are usually only seen in the presence of vitamin D deficiency. This is especially true if the sternum test is painful in individuals with these disorders.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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http://lpvitamins.com/articles/?page_id=19
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120529133745.htm
http://www.naturalnews.com/003069.html
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FY/FY20700.pdf

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Is Germ-Free Really the Way to Be?

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

You’ve probably heard that exposing your children to a certain amount of germs and illnesses is important for helping them to develop a healthy immune system. However, many people are simply too afraid to let it happen. Parents find themselves asking, “How can letting my child get sick help them?” Plus, you may wonder if this claim is even true. Is it possible to keep your kids too clean?

Until now, the “hygiene hypothesis” has been just that; a hypothesis. Medical professionals have simply “noticed” that germ-free kids grow up to have allergies, asthma, and other immunity problems. Small studies have been conducted to see if exposure to germs early in life has given some people a greater or more normalized immunity. What these smaller studies show is that the kids kept “germ-free” grew up to face adulthood sensitivities to allergic and autoimmune diseases. The most common diseases seen are hay fever, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Antibiotics, hand sanitizers, disinfectant cleaners, and other environmental exposures to chemical germ-killers could be doing us more harm than good. Certainly these things have their place, but overuse could lead to an overactive or underdeveloped immune system.

Finally, on March 22, 2012, a study was published in the Journal of Science that would show us biologically whether or not the “hygiene hypothesis” had merit. Germ-free mice were compared with mice living in a normal environment, where they would be exposed to a typical amount of germs and microbes.

The germ-free mice had “exaggerated inflammation of the lungs and colon resembling asthma and colitis”. The inflammation was determined to be caused by hyperactivity in the type of T-cells linked to colitis and asthma in humans and mice. The mice living in the normal environment rarely showed hyperactivity in these immune cells.

Perhaps a more important discovery of the trials was that germ-free mice exposed to infectious agents and microbes early in life and then kept germ-free in adulthood showed normal immune systems and less disease. These tests proved the hygiene hypothesis, which states that “a lack of early childhood exposure to germs, infectious agents, parasites, and symbiotic microorganisms increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by suppressing natural development of the immune system”.

Overuse of antibiotics is a big concern to researchers because symbiotic bacteria (gut flora or probiotics) and parasites combined with infectious agents are important modulators of immune system development. Although sometimes necessary, antibiotics can interfere with microbe conditioning immune system development early in life, so their overuse in young children is considered detrimental to adult health.

“These studies show the critical importance of proper immune conditioning by microbes during the earliest periods of life,” said Richard Blumberg, MD, chief for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endoscopy. “Also now knowing a potential mechanism will allow scientists to potentially identify the microbial factors important in determining protection from allergic and autoimmune diseases later in life.”

These studies don’t necessarily mean that you should abandon hand-washing and other hygienic practices. Further research is still needed to determine the potential use of this knowledge in humans.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, focusing on vitamin C powder in the form of sodium ascorbate. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Vitamin News: Vitamin D Does Not Take the Place of UVB Exposure

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

There are five different forms of vitamin D, two of which are important to humans. There are major differences in the two, vitamin D2 and vitamin D3, which you may or may not be aware of. Taking the wrong one can be more detrimental than beneficial to your health. If your milk, calcium supplement, or standard vitamin D supplement simply says “vitamin D”, then you may want to take a look at the label.

A staggering number of Americans are considered clinically vitamin D deficient while an astounding number are considered to be in the insufficient range. This includes children who are exposed to sunlight and drink milk and/or orange juice with added vitamin D almost every day. Even a lot of adults that regularly take a daily vitamin D supplement are deficient.

How can this be? Without a blood test from your doctor, you may be putting your health at a major risk, all while thinking that you are being diligent about your vitamin D intake. Supplemental vitamin D comes in two different forms; ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

The synthetic form of vitamin D2, comes from passing plant matter and fungus through a radiation treatment. This is the vitamin D typically added to orange juice, milk, and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D2 can be obtained from plant sources.

Vitamin D3 can be obtained (in small amounts) from animal sources, such as egg yolks and non-pasteurized full-fat milk. While both vitamin D2 and D3 must be converted by the body into active forms, vitamin D3 is converted 500% faster than D2 according to a report by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. They also report that vitamin D3 is 87% more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2-3 fold greater storage of vitamin D.

Once your sources of vitamin D are converted into their active forms, sunlight is necessary to transform them into cholesterol sulfate. This means that, contrary to prior medical beliefs, supplementing with vitamin D does not completely replace the need for sun exposure. In fact, recent studies on the importance of cholesterol sulfate show that without sufficient UVB sun exposure, about 30 minutes per week, the body compensates by producing LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Doctors and researchers are now linking heart disease, high cholesterol, arterial plaque, cancer, autism, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, dementia, seizures, asthma, migraines, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and both types of diabetes to a lack of vitamin D3 in the diet and inadequate UVB exposure.

This may sound overwhelming, but when you consider that the proposed 30 minutes of UVB sunlight exposure per week requirement must happen when the UV index is above 3, then you may start to realize why diseases such as these, increase in prevalence as you move away from the equator. Most of the United States only experiences this level of sunlight intensity for about 1-2 months of the year.

These diseases and more are being linked to inadequate vitamin D levels because vitamin D is responsible for an astounding number or processes in the body. It is a neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences almost 3,000 different genes and has receptors in nearly every cell of your body. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, including broad-spectrum antibiotics, regulates the immune system and controls chronic inflammation.

Many doctors now recommend “safe” tanning bed use for obtaining adequate vitamin D3 levels. UVA rays are harmful, but beds that only produce UVB rays can be very effective forms of treatment.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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http://www.jlr.org/content/44/7/1268.abstract
http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/96/3/E447.abstract
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

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How to Maximize Your Vitamin C Benefits

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Learning how to correctly take your vitamin C can help you to increase the benefits that you get from it. Vitamin C will give you protection from scurvy at minimal levels, but won’t necessarily provide you with symptom relief or protection from major diseases unless it is taken at a high enough level. It’s hard to say what the correct “daily requirement” of vitamin C is because everyone has a different level of stress or disease in their body. Therefore, learning how to find the right dosage for your condition and your body can be greatly beneficial.

In general, bowel tolerance of ascorbic acid is proportionate to the toxicity of your disease. In other words, you won’t eliminate excess vitamin C until it’s out of things to correct in your body. Therefore, a daily dose when you’re healthy can range anywhere from 1 to 20 grams per day, depending on the condition and need of your body. One study showed that people with influenza (the flu) or mononucleosis (mono), could take up to 200 grams of vitamin C daily without stomach discomfort or diarrhea. In fact, for severe illnesses such as these, marked improvement was not shown until the dosage of ascorbic acid reached near the bowel tolerance level. The reason that you may not feel better when taking smaller doses of vitamin C is that it is quickly destroyed by injured tissues, disease, and stress. Think of it as trying to wash mud off of your arm with only a few drops of water. It may get smeared around, but the mud is still there. Only with larger and larger amounts of water would you be able to clean off the mud.

Vitamin C works by scavenging free radicals produced by stress, infection, inflammation, germs, bacteria, illness and disease. Not only do diseases and injuries cause damaging free radicals to form, they also lead to the formation of other diseases. Almost every disease is caused by and/or produces free radicals. Infection, heart disease, cancer, burns, trauma, aging, allergies, and autoimmune diseases are all included.

Taking vitamin C daily can vastly reduce your chances of developing a giant list of health conditions. Vitamin C is very sensitive to stress and is generally the first vitamin to be depleted by it. Without enough vitamin C in your system daily, stress can take its toll on your immune system very quickly. Vitamin C is known to bring balance to an overactive or weakened immune system. It does the same for your stress response, helping to control anxiety, overproduction of cortisol (stress hormone), and inflammation.

Many people don’t realize that vitamin C is required by our bodies daily to maintain cartilage, bones and teeth. It is also necessary for producing collagen, absorbing iron, and controlling cholesterol levels. Our bodies go from growing and developing to breaking down and aging. Our cells and connective tissues, even bone, are always regenerating. If enough vitamin C isn’t available for the production of collagen and elastin, our bodies will improvise by using hard, inflexible cholesterol plaques to repair tiny tears and injuries. This is how arteries harden, joints become more prone to damage, and wrinkles form.

Talk with your doctor about supplementing with the best vitamin C, sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder. This highly absorbable, non-acidic form of vitamin C is the most economical and easiest way to get your perfect daily dose of vitamin C.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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http://www.mall-net.com/cathcart/faces.html
http://www.cforyourself.com/Overview/Primer/What_C_Does/why_take_c.html
http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/the-benefits-of-vitamin-c?page=3

Part 2: Natural Cures for Acne

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Essential oils and other natural oils could be the answer that you’ve been searching for. There are a few oils that will make acne a lot worse, so you should just start buying lotions, cosmetics and sunscreens that contain oil. The oils with the lowest pore clogging probability can be extremely helpful in healing skin.

Besides not clogging pores, these oils actively heal skin and prevent future breakouts. They are highly absorbable and do not leave a shine or heavy oily film on the skin after application. Grapeseed oil, fractionated coconut oil and hazelnut oil have astringent properties and help to balance combination skin. Camellia oil prevents infection, heals acne and fades scars. Peach kernel oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, emu oil, sweet almond oil, and even olive oil have great healing properties, absorb well into the skin and help to keep acne at bay.

Jojoba oil is wonderful for reducing sebum production because it so closely resembles natural human sebum. Many people like to use the lightest oils, like grapeseed or argan oil, as a “carrier” oil, or base for some of the other oils that may be heavier, but still have a lot of benefits for acne sufferers. If you plan on going this route, do some research first. Some oils cannot be used directly on the skin without a carrier oil. Some are very expensive and only need to be used in minute amounts to be effective, but may only have a shelf life of around six months. Make sure that you use new oils in a test area to check for allergies or sensitivities before applying them all over your face. With a little time and experimentation, you could find the perfect combination of natural oils for your skin.

Besides oils, you should avoid as many chemical products as possible. Choosing organic oils is best and using only mineral based cosmetics can be helpful in treating acne. Ask your doctor about doing a skin allergy test and a blood test before you start a regimen. Sometimes an allergy to an ingredient, like dimethicone, in a face or hair product that you are using is the culprit, not clogged pores and bacteria.

Deficiencies in B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, chromium, selenium and/or zinc can cause skin to become unbalanced and acne can result. Zink aids in healing and regulates oil gland activity. Selenium inhibits the oxidation of fats and reduces inflammation. Chromium can be depleted by the intake of sugar and is needed to combat infections on the skin. Vitamin K is useful for fading scars and healing lesions. Vitamin E defends skin by preventing skin damage and repairing lesions.

B vitamins have a wide range of preventative and healing properties for the skin, including hormone balance, stress relief, circulation, the metabolization of proteins, sugars, carbohydrates and fats, moving nutrients and toxins into and out of the cells, removing waste products from skin cells, and enhancing the absorption of other vitamins.

Vitamin C, or sodium ascorbate, is unique. It removes toxins and free radicals from skin cells. It is necessary for new collagen and elastin to form, which is necessary for cells to be repaired. Vitamin C creates a protective barrier for cells so that they are less likely to be damaged. It also increases immune function, balances reactions to allergens, eliminates inflammation, increases absorption of vitamins and iron, reduces stress, and gives the skin an antibacterial layer.

Speak with your doctor about which options may be best for you.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Part 1: Natural Cures for Acne

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

For many, young and old, acne can be the bane of their existence. It usually starts at puberty and can go on, well into adulthood. Some people suffer painful, scarring, and unsightly acne for their entire lives. If you or someone you love is inflicted with this stubborn condition, it may be of interest to you to treat it with vitamins and supplements or other natural products.

If you feel like you’ve tried every product on the market without success, you’re not alone. Many people with acne have extremely sensitive skin, hence the inflammation and susceptibility to infection, and experience more problems when using harsh chemicals and acne treatments on their skin. Doctors routinely prescribe medications for acne, but they can take weeks to show any improvement at all and often times make skin more sensitive and intensify the problem. There are also a lot of unwanted side effects from these medications and antibiotics, such as skin and bowel blistering, extreme fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, headaches and more. Some even alter DNA, disrupt the endocrine system, and can cause long-term reproductive damage.

You may think that it will take an extreme drug or potent chemical to get rid of your stubborn acne, but you may find that the gentle, natural approach is what your skin has been craving all along. Getting to the root cause of your acne can help you best determine how to treat it. There are a few things that contribute to the condition. Vitamin deficiencies, over-production of skin sebum, and bacteria are the most common causes.

Acne generally sets in at puberty because the hormone changes bring about an increased production of skin oils and a wax referred to as sebum. These oils and waxes trap germs, dirt, and microscopic pieces of shedding skin to form a clogged pore or acne pustule. Most people automatically think that they need to rid the skin of the oil to get rid of the problem. This is somewhat true, because the oil traps a lot of dirt and toxins. Cleaning the skin with a very gentle cleanser two or three times a day is recommended. However, if you strip the skin of all oils and sebum, it will retaliate by producing a lot more oil and sebum.

Most people with oily or acne-prone skin avoid products that contain oil. Really, you need healthy oils on your skin. There are a few oils that do not clog pores, heal wounds, kill unwanted bacteria, fade scars, and control sebum production. You can also treat acne by checking on certain vitamin levels, like sodium ascorbate levels, with your doctor and supplementing to make sure that their levels are in check. In Part 2 of this series, we will discuss which vitamins help and why, as well as which natural products can help to finally rid your skin of acne, once and for all.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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