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Combat Chronic Inflammation with Vitamins

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
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Inflammation not only hurts, but it destroys tissues and causes disease. Learn how to avoid chronic inflammation with vitamins and supplements.

Inflammation is your body’s main defense mechanism, meant to anticipate, intercept and destroy invading microorganisms. Inflammation causes redness, swelling, heat and pain. Inflammation helps your immune system fight invaders and heal injuries, but can be dangerous if it becomes chronic.

Inflammation becomes a danger when it is brought on by malfunctions of the immune system. Autoimmune diseases and allergies are good examples. Out of the ten leading causes of death in the United States, chronic, low-level inflammation causes seven of them. This includes Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, nephritis, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease.
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What Causes Chronic Inflammation?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Inflammation can be the underlying cause of many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune disease, and more. Learning how inflammation happens and which vitamins help to fight it can give us the power to prevent many chronic and disabling diseases.

A lot of times, our diets are to blame for chronic inflammatory conditions. Flavor enhancing chemicals, anti-caking ingredients, thickening agents, hydrogenated oils, and many other food additives are structurally identical to the compounds that are supposed to activate our immune systems into stimulating an inflammatory response.

A lot of food additives are actually neurotoxins, like monosodium glutamate, and are added to inflame the brain, putting it into “fight or flight” mode. This produces a heightened sense of smell and taste, but can also unwanted side effects, like migraines, anxiety, sensory processing problems, seizures, scarring in the brain, and more.

Hormones are given to animals that are put into our food supply so that they grow bigger and faster than naturally raised animals. They produce more milk, lay more eggs, and mature at a faster rate than we’ve ever seen in history. There is no regulation on how much hormone the animals receive, so over time they’ve been given more and more to keep up with the demand of the fast food industry. These hormones are passed to us and react with our own hormonal systems, affecting our reproductive organs, thyroid function, adrenal glands, and more. All of our body systems are affected by hormonal changes.

Having these chemicals and hormones in our diets causes our immune systems to constantly overreact to invaders; allergens, toxins, bacteria and infection, whatever it comes into contact with. This produces a constant state of inflammation that we may not even be aware of until we experience serious health problems. An overactive immune system can lead to behavioral and psychological problems, inflammatory diseases, chronic fatigue, obesity, organ damage, nerve damage, chronic pain and more.

All of this chronic inflammation and artificial input can cause your immune system to attack healthy tissues of your body while “missing” viruses and other health threats. Inflammation flushes your system of its vitamin and mineral stores at an alarming rate, leaving you susceptible to vitamin deficiencies that cause even more problems for your body. Eating natural, certified organic meat, fruits and vegetables can give your body a fighting chance.

Supplementing with vitamins that are depleted by inflammation can help you get on your way to a healthy body and mind. Vitamins A, B6, C, and D are great for fighting inflammation and replenishing vitamin stores. Antioxidants help to flush unwanted toxins from the body, strengthen and calm the immune and hormonal systems, and regulate the inflammatory response.

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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6 Important Vitamins for Immune System Health

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Vitamins are the regulators of the body. They are essential to a wide variety of bodily processes, including tissue repair, tissue growth, and cell differentiation. Cell differentiation is when a cell becomes specialized so that it can perform another function.

For example, an immune system cell can learn which pathogens to defend against by becoming specialized. Another cell might become specialized in tissue repair depending on the signals that it receives from the immune system. If vitamins are deficient and/or disease is affecting the immune system, cells may not differentiate. This can lead to deformities, such as cancer, slow or inadequate healing or chronic inflammation.

Immune system problems generally revolve around being over or underactive. Paying attention to your body and recognizing when you are having symptoms of vitamin deficiencies can help you and your doctor to maintain normal vitamin levels and immune system function.

Vitamin A Vitamin A is known for its role in the growth and repair of bodily tissues. Specifically, it is helpful in maintaining healthy eyes, mucous membranes, and skin. Because of its important action on mucous membranes, vitamin A is believed to be a powerful preventer of different types of lung cancers. Vitamin A works by attacking free radicals that cause damage to the skin, eyes and mucous membranes.

B Vitamins B vitamins support the nervous system, muscles and heart. Vitamin B1 metabolizes proteins, carbohydrates and fats that are needed for energy. It is known to fight growing tumors and reverse some aspects of heart disease and aging. Vitamin B2 helps make antibodies that fight infections, specifically ones that affect the eyes and skin. Vitamin B12 is responsible for maintaining healthy red blood cells and nerves. It improves the function of blood vessels and circulation all over the body.

Vitamin C Vitamin C helps immunity in a variety of ways. It prevents oxidation of cholesterol in your veins and arteries, preventing build-up. It flushes the body of free radicals, protecting our delicately balanced hormonal systems from damage from environmental pollutants. It is crucial to the formation of collagen, which is needed to constantly repair all of the tissues of the body, including bones and joints.

Many people with stomach or digestive problems avoid vitamin C because of the acidity. This is a big mistake because without it, collagen cannot be produced, meaning that your bones, veins, arteries, muscles, skin, and organs will break down. If repairs can’t be made with collagen, the liver produces more and more LDL (bad cholesterol) to use instead. This can quickly lead to heart disease, hardened arteries, brittle bones, stroke, and other deadly conditions. A buffered vitamin C powder can be taken as an alternative to acidic citrus fruits or vitamin C supplements.

Vitamin D Vitamin D enables your bones to absorb calcium. It also triggers the T-cells of your immune system into attacking bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin E Vitamin E acts as a free radical scavenger, much like vitamin C. It helps to create red blood cells, which in turn more efficiently carry oxygen to all parts of the body and deliver iron to cells where it is needed. Vitamin E helps to prevent a host of blood related disorders and helps to signal the immune system to go where it is needed.

Vitamin K Vitamin K aids in proper kidney function so that harmful agents can be flushed from the body. It also helps to regulate blood sugar, controlling inflammation. Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting and enhances the functions of the liver.

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!

Sources:

http://www.health-forever.com/articles/Immune-system-vitamins
https://chronicillnessrecovery.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4&Itemid=6
http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Cell_differentiation

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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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Treating Sinus Congestion Naturally

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Treating sinus and nasal congestion naturally is a good option for those who either can’t take the medications used to treat congestion, or for those who are simply looking for a more natural approach to healing. There are many things you can do at home to get relief. An all-natural approach that involves a combination of vitamins, supplements and home remedies can help you to keep your sinuses clear and avoid the doctor’s office this winter.

Sinus Irrigation

Sinus irrigation is used to flush out excess mucus and irritants. It also is a means of moistening the sinus membranes. It is a quick and easy way of delivering healing ingredients directly into the sinus cavity. A “neti pot” is used to irrigate the sinuses. If you’ve never done it, it may seem intimidating, but don’t worry. Just follow the directions that come in the package of the neti pot. Most will also come with a salt mixture to add to the water. This gives the water a slightly acidic pH, which acts as an anti-bacterial agent. Boil the water and sterilize the neti pot. Don’t skip this step! When the water is warm, you’ll be ready to irrigate. Make sure that your head is leaned over 90 degrees to keep the water from running into your mouth. Alternate sides and then blow the excess out.

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used in a diffused form or as an inhalant to help relieve congestion and pain. You can add 1 teaspoon eucalyptus oil and/or tea tree oil to boiling water, reduce the heat, and then breathe in the vapors. Some people add essential oils to their humidifiers, but you should only do this if your humidifier is designed for oils. Otherwise, oils can possibly damage the machine.

Eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil are both safe to use directly on the skin in small amounts. You may like to put a drop on your upper lip to enjoy the sinus clearing fumes. You can also add 5 drops of each or 10 drops of either to your sinus irrigation mixture. These particular oils thin mucus and promote drainage. They also help to heal and calm delicate, inflamed tissues. Eucalyptus and tea tree oil are both anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, so they may help to clear or prevent infection in the sinuses.

Vitamins and Supplements

Many symptoms can be controlled by taking vitamins and supplements. If you start getting congested, remember “A B & C”. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect you from the free radicals that cause infection in your sinuses. Vitamin B12 is great for treating the lethargy and lack of energy that are caused by sinus infection, sinus pressure, headache, and reduced oxygen levels associated with congested sinus cavities. Vitamin C is also helpful for increasing energy levels. It boosts your immune system so that it can more efficiently take care of the problem. Vitamin C also reduces inflammation, has an antihistamine quality, blocks histamines that are present, and protects the delicate lining of the sinuses from damage.

Make sure that you discuss any vitamins and supplements that you may be taking with your doctor to make sure that they will not interact with any of your current conditions or medications. Sinus drainage often causes an upset stomach, so make sure that you take a buffered form of vitamin C sodium ascorbate. Vitamin C powder is the best vitamin C because it is economical, quickly absorbed, and can be purchased in a non-irritating, non-acidic buffered form.

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!

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/347297-vitamins-for-sinus-problems-energy/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasal_irrigation

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Vitamins and Supplements for Healing

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Zinc: Zinc works with vitamin A and vitamin C to produce collagen. It also boosts the immune system and stabilizes cell membranes, which aids in healing. Zinc is needed for DNA replication, cell division, cell activation and many more processes that are necessary for healing to occur. People with proper levels of zinc in their bodies have a much higher resistance to infection and a shorter healing time than those with even slight zinc deficiencies.

Vitamin E: Vitamin E improves heart function and helps to limit tissue damage during infection, injury, illness or surgery. Therefore, it is often recommended that supplementation with vitamin E be initiated before a planned surgery, unless you’ve had bleeding issues or a stroke. It can also be helpful after surgery, injury, infection or illness because during these events, oxygen rich blood is temporarily shut off from the damage site. When oxygen is restored to the damaged area, a flood of free radicals and toxins infest the area. Antioxidants such as vitamin E mop up these free radicals and prevent further damage from occurring.

Vitamin A: Vitamin A is necessary for cells to be able to “grow up” and mature. This is very important for tissues to completely heal. Vitamin A works with vitamin C and zinc to produce new tissues and collagen. Vitamin A also aids in creating new blood vessels to nourish newly formed tissues.

Vitamin C: Trauma, surgery, illness, and infection all quickly deplete your vitamin C stores. You may become deficient almost immediately. Vitamin C is a necessary nutrient for the production of collagen and elastin, which are necessary for healing to occur. Collagen makes up the structure of tissues, skin, bones, and blood vessels. Elastin gives the sites the flexibility that they need to withstand swelling, stretching, or future trauma. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, gives each cell a protective barrier against free radicals, removes damaging free radicals from the body, and helps to prevent and control inflammation. Your doctor may recommend that you supplement with a non-acidic form of vitamin c, like sodium ascorbate vitamin c powder, before and after surgery.

Protein: Generating new tissues requires a lot of protein. Normal protein levels facilitate the formation of fibrous tissues. If there is not enough protein available to properly heal a wound, the body will produce fluid to protect the area while it heals. This leaves people more prone to infections, tissue breakdown and other post-operative complications.

Fiber: Urinary tract and bladder infections are very common after surgery. This is generally because the use of urinary catheters leaves this area open to infection. However, these types of infections can also occur when patients do not drink enough fluids after surgery. While the body is healing, its fluid requirements will be higher. If a high volume of fluid isn’t present, then toxins and bacteria can sit in the bladder too long.

Fiber keeps the bowels moving. This also helps to prevent dehydration and flushes the bladder out regularly. Fiber also helps to strengthen the immune system and reduces inflammation. If infection does occur, fiber can help you to recover faster.

Always remember to discuss any vitamins and supplements that you are taking, or plan to take, with your physician.

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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Sources:

http://www.healthy-vitamin-choice.com/supplements-for-surgery.html
http://inhumanexperiment.blogspot.com/2009/08/protein-vitamins-and-wound-healing.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100302171531.htm
http://www.ajcn.org/content/68/2/447S.full.pdf

Improving Autoimmune Health

Friday, November 18th, 2011

If you suffer from any autoimmune disease, you are probably interested in prevention more than treatment. This is because autoimmune diseases can affect just about any part of the body and can be displayed in many different forms. You could suffer from several different ailments before being diagnosed with autoimmune dysfunction.

Autoimmune diseases are characterized by one common thing. They all arise from an overactive immune response to some sort of trigger. The body overreacts to small invaders or dysfunctions and attacks full force, even damaging healthy cells. The immune system can even mistake a normal cell for an invader and take it over. This is what makes autoimmune disorders so hard to treat. A lot of times, by the time they are noticed or diagnosed, healthy tissues have already been damaged.

Autoimmune disorders are normally treated with medications that suppress the immune response. These are called immunosuppression drugs. More than eighty different illnesses are classified as autoimmune diseases or are believed to be caused by autoimmunity, putting autoimmune disorder in the top ten list of leading causes of death among women in age groups up to 65 years of age.

Combating autoimmune diseases starts with creating a “good nutritional foundation over a long period of time”. This can greatly reduce the risk of developing diseases triggered by an autoimmune response. Patients with disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis will usually have low serum levels of beta-carotene, vitamin E, and vitamin A.

Treatments involving inflammation reducing vitamins and supplements have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of autoimmune diseases. Antioxidant treatments can be used to treat symptoms of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases through their anti-inflammatory activity. Vitamin C is a great supplement for helping to create long-lasting protection against the effects of autoimmune disorders. Vitamin C helps cells to protect themselves from immune response attacks. It also helps to calm the immune system, making it more selective about what it considers a foreign pathogen.

Many people choose to prevent the diseases that their autoimmune dysfunction can cause, rather than wait for it to attack and damage healthy tissues. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with supplementing with antioxidant vitamins can be a great, natural way to control inflammation and prevent disease. Speak with your doctor about monitoring blood serum levels of certain vitamins to make sure that you are getting enough of each. Daily recommendations can change based on the amount of inflammation in your body. Since people with autoimmune disorders generally carry more inflammation, it is important to monitor vitamin levels.

Ask your doctor which supplements will be best for you. Vitamin C is a great way to control inflammation. It is available in many forms, including sodium ascorbate, which is a more bioavailable form of vitamin C than ascorbic acid. It is generally recommended to patients who need to supplement daily because it is a non-acidic form of vitamin C. People with stomach problems or sensitivities to acids generally are more tolerant of sodium ascorbate than other forms of vitamin C. Working with your doctor will help ensure that you choose the best vitamin C for your heath situation.

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!

Sources:

http://www.lef.org/protocols/prtcl-017.shtml
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/51913.php

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Part 2: GI Disorders and Stress

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Controlling your body’s response to stress can greatly reduce gastrointestinal disturbances. Removing stressors from your life is a great first step, but our fast-paced, highly demanding lifestyles don’t always allow us to remove stressors completely. Reducing stress levels using relaxation techniques and behavioral modification is a great way to nip stress in the bud. Changing how you react to stressors is very helpful in reducing stress levels long-term.

There are also certain vitamins that help your body to better handle stress. It’s not just that taking vitamins can make you healthier, but they also relieve stress by regulating the physical responses that your body has to stress. Each vitamin works in a different way, so here we are going to discuss how each one may benefit you. Getting on a proper vitamin and supplement routine and working with your health care professional, you can get GI disorders, stress and anxiety under control, eliminating the need to take medications that simply mask the symptoms without treating the problem.

Vitamins A, B, C and E are considered the “stress relief” vitamins. They work by relieving gastrointestinal disturbances, antioxidants, or hormone regulators, which are beneficial in relieving stress or discomfort and preventing the body from overreacting to stressful situations. GI disorders can also lead to certain vitamin deficiencies, leading to bigger problems down the line.

When your body is stressed, it makes inflammatory cytokines to inflame your system in an effort to protect organs from stress hormones. An excess of inflammatory cytokines is associated with inflammatory GI disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome. This is thought to lead to vitamin D deficiency and osteoporosis. Anyone who experiences GI problems should be evaluated for vitamin deficiency. Stress itself can eat up your body’s vitamin stores, so even if you’re not deficient when you’re tested, you could quickly become that way if you continue to experience stress.

Vitamin A is considered a “stress relief” vitamin for a couple of reasons. One, it aids in cell metabolism, increasing the efficiency in which your cells process hormone signals. Vitamin A can help you to return to a normal state more quickly after a stressful event while clearing out excess inflammatory cytokines that are contributing to pain. This is how it actually helps to relieve symptoms of intestinal distress.

B complex vitamins, including niacin and pantothenic acid, help to control stress in a number of ways. The most important action of vitamin B is how it helps the body to deal with stress. It not only aids in cell metabolism, like vitamin A, but also is a necessary nutrient for creating serotonin. Serotonin is primarily found in the intestinal tract and aiding its production with B vitamins helps to correct many GI problems. Serotonin directly affects and regulates mood, appetite, sleep and muscle contraction.

B vitamins work synergistically with vitamin C and E to control production of the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol. Vitamins C and E also flush out the dangerous free radicals that are produced by the oxidative stress that occurs when adrenalin and cortisol are released. Vitamin C and B vitamins synthesize hormones like dopamine and adrenaline. Dopamine synthesis is necessary for the brain to “run smoothly” in a balanced manner. Without enough, the brain stays in a “fight or flight” mode which leads to additional stress, inflammation and, subsequently, GI and mental disorders. The best vitamin C, vitamin C powder, is recommended for people with GI disorders because its acid has been neutralized and is much easier on a sensitive digestive system than other forms 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. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with discount vitamins and the best vitamin C since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality, low-cost wholesale vitamins today!

Part 2: Fat Soluble Vitamins

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant. It helps to remove free radicals from the body and protects cells from the damaging effects of oxidation. It also aids in protecting vitamin C, vitamin A, and essential fatty acids from destruction in the body. Vitamin E deficiency is rare, especially in the US where vegetable oil is commonly consumed. Other food sources of vitamin E include seeds, nuts, nut oils, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, canola oil, and broccoli.

Vitamin E studies suggest that it protects neurons in the brain from damage, especially after a stroke. It has also been shown to reduce cholesterol levels. However, patients taking blood thinners or statin cholesterol medications should not increase their intake of vitamin E, unless advised to do so by a physician. Vitamin E can interfere with these medications because it is a natural anti-coagulant.

Vitamin K aids in blood coagulation, calcium absorption and calcium bonding. It is used as an osteoporosis treatment in Japan, but the long-term effects are still unknown. Studies have shown that vitamin K can actually inhibit nerve cell death caused by oxidative stress, so further studies are being conducted to determine if vitamin K would be beneficial in treating neurological diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also revealed benefits in protecting people from developing liver and prostate cancers. Vitamin K is currently used topically to treat bruises, rosacea, dark circles under the eyes, and spider veins.

Vitamin K is found in leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, and some fruits, such as kiwi and avocado. It is relatively easy to get vitamin K from these sources, if they are consumed in conjunction with fats. Fats allow the intestines to absorb vitamin K, but good flora bacteria are also necessary for absorption.

Like vitamin E, vitamin K can also interfere with the actions of blood thinners and statin medications. Signs of deficiency include anemia, bruising, heavy menstrual bleeding, bleeding gums, or bleeding nose.

Therefore, vitamin K deficiency is mainly seen in people that have been on antibiotics, have recently had a virus or infection that affected the intestine, people who have been on long-term aspirin therapy, and people who have had intestinal surgery.

Remember to ask your doctor about supplementing with vitamins before you start to avoid drug interactions. If you do take vitamins and supplements, you can buy vitamins, wholesale vitamins, or discount vitamins online to reduce the cost of supplementing.

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. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with discount vitamins and the best vitamin C since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality, low-cost wholesale vitamins today!