Posts Tagged ‘Vitamin C’

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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Sources:

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

Profuse Sweating


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

Reversing Degenerative Disc Disease

Monday, April 30th, 2012

If you’ve been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you just have to accept the fact that you will always have a bad back or neck and that there is nothing you can do about it without surgery. Most people automatically lose faith in healing the discs in their spine when they hear the word “degenerative” and assume that this means “it’s all downhill from here”. It’s just simply not true.

Most doctors will briefly explain that degenerative disc disease is basically due to aging. As we age, our spines break down, discs lose cushioning, and eventually surgery is needed. Even then, there is a chance that the surgery will not help, decrease mobility, or even increase the pain. While surgery is necessary for many people, it doesn’t change the fact that you can fight degenerative disc disease and in some cases, completely reverse the damage.

Think of the discs in your back as jelly-filled donuts. They’re like a cushion, almost liquid in the center, with a more firm layer that is still flexible on the outside. These discs are shock absorbers for the spine. Every time we twist, sit, lift, walk, lie down, or do pretty much anything, these discs are put to work. Disc degeneration is most often seen in the neck or lumbar spine, or lower back, because these areas take on the most stress for most common movements.

Our spinal discs are composed of connective tissues, just like our organs, skin, and bones. These tissues are constantly breaking down, experiencing normal cell death, stress and injury. If your discs are breaking down faster than your body can regenerate healthy cells, then the outer layer of the disc begins to thin out. This is when the gooey center of the disc can experience too much pressure and start to balloon out further than normal. This is what causes bulging discs, herniated discs, and pinched nerves.

When we experience a break down in our discs, our bodies react with inflammation to direct collagen and elastin to the correct areas for repair. Collagen and elastin create new, soft, flexible, strong tissues that give damaged discs a new lease on life. If collagen and elastin are not available, then hard, weak, brittle patches are formed from cholesterol to correct damage. This is also the process that contributes to hardened arteries.

To produce collagen and elastin, our bodies need a sufficient amount of vitamin C. We stress “sufficient” because what is generally accepted as a recommended daily allowance is actually only the amount needed for a healthy person to avoid becoming deficient. Since vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, must be consumed through diet or vitamins and supplements, it is easy to become deficient. The more stress, inflammation, chemicals, infections, diseases, or allergens we’re exposed to, the more vitamin C we need.

Vitamin C deficiency is recognized by many doctors and researchers as the underlying cause of a majority of degenerative, infectious, and inflammatory diseases. Ask your doctor about supplementing with the best vitamin C, like sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder or calcium ascorbate. Higher dosages than you think may be needed to correct your degenerative disc problem, so work with your doctor on monitoring your health and progress.

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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!

Why Do I Need Vitamin C?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Vitamin C does a lot more than help you to get over or avoid the common cold and flu. It is a potent antioxidant that is critical in helping your body to carry out many of its normal processes. Since vitamin C can only be consumed through diet or vitamins and supplements, it is necessary to consider what you could be doing to your body by failing to get enough.

Vitamin C is responsible for the function and repair of your bones, lungs, circulatory system, joints, immune system, and more. The recommended daily allowance by the government is just enough to keep a perfectly healthy person from developing a deficiency disease, such as scurvy. If you are exposed to any type of pollutant, allergen, chemical, or food additive then your daily requirement to stay healthy increases. Even stress and exercise produce free radicals that lead to oxidative stress, greatly increasing the need for vitamin C.

Free radicals are responsible for creating infection. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, protects cells, proteins and lipids from free radical damage. It also improves the function and life span of immune cells. This helps the body to defend itself from almost every infectious disease. It also has a dramatic effect on existing infections. An article in Life Extension Magazine reported that “studies of vitamin C supplementation in military personnel and other subjects living in close quarters have shown that pneumonia occurred a remarkable 80-100% less often in subjects taking vitamin C than in those who did not supplement with the vitamin”.

Vitamin C is also responsible for the production of collagen and elastin, which are the major components of connective tissues all over your body. All of your bones, joints, blood vessels and organs are constantly experiencing cell death and renewal. They are in constant need of collagen and elastin to repair themselves. Without enough, we experience unhealthy aging, cancers, high cholesterol, degraded neurotransmitters, improper hormone production, and a long list of inflammatory, degenerative, and infectious diseases.

Vitamin C is needed to properly produce cells, absorb calcium and iron, and prevent diseases such as cataracts, cancer, and heart disease. It also is necessary to regulate blood clotting, which prevents clotting and bleeding disorders.

Ascorbic acid is needed for dental health as well. Your gums are generally the first place that you will notice a difference if you’re not getting enough vitamin C. They are made up almost entirely of connective tissue that is stressed every time you bite down or clench your teeth. You may notice your gums most dramatically turning red, swelling, receding, or bleeding around the teeth that touch first when you gently close your jaw. This is because the gums experience the most stress in these areas. Gums that are inflamed or weak due to a lack of vitamin C are susceptible to gum disease. Gum disease starts as plaque, which recent studies have shown cannot form if proper levels of vitamin C are maintained. Even sailors in the 18th century knew that if their gums started bleeding that they were in danger of scurvy. This is still why many doctors use the health of your gums to determine if you’re on your way to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, lung dysfunction, high blood pressure, stroke, and many other health problems.

Ask your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C. If you have stomach or digestive issues, you can take a buffered form of vitamin C that is non-acidic, like sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder.

Sources:
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/oct2006_report_vitaminc_01.htm
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/gum_disease.htm

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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!

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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Fiber for your Immune System?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

You are probably aware that fiber intake is important for proper digestion, but did you know that it also offers other health benefits, such as a lowered risk of diabetes and heart disease? Did you know that fiber can actually help to boost your immune system as well? It’s this time of year that we all start to worry about staving off colds and the flu for the winter. You’re probably aware of the benefits of taking vitamin C, but combining it with fiber could be your secret to a strong, healthy immune system this winter.

There are two basic types of fiber; soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel in your digestive tract that helps lower glucose levels and your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber is found in peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and essentially travels through your digestive tract intact. Insoluble fiber is good for relieving constipation, adding bulk to the digestive system, and generally helping things to move along. Whole grains and some vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Increased amounts of fiber in the diet have been associated with improved blood pressure, reduced inflammation and heart health protection. Soluble fiber has an effect on the immune system that helps to boost immunity and help our bodies to recover faster from infection. Basically, our immune cells are “attack” cells that migrate around attacking whatever they can find that isn’t supposed to be there. This is why immune cells are often referred to as “pro-inflammatory cells”.

In a study done by Gregory Freund at the University of Illinois, soluble fiber was found to increase the production of interleukin-4, an anti-inflammatory protein. He found that this protein production actually “changes the personality of immune cells” from “pro-inflammatory, angry cells to anti-inflammatory, healing cells that help us to recover faster from infection.”

Discovering that soluble fiber has such a profound effect on the immune system brings to light some interesting questions. Freund believes that these findings show us that obesity and inflammatory related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, could be avoided with increased soluble fiber intake. When the body becomes obese, it compensates in an effort to protect itself. Fat cells produce hormones to try and combat the inflammation that is caused by the fat cells themselves. Soluble fiber helps to protect obese animals and people from “further inflammatory insults, such as heart attack or stroke”.

Combining anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals with an increased fiber intake has been shown to significantly improve the strength of the immune system, even calming an over-reactive immune system associated with autoimmune disorders. The good news is that in all of these studies it was found that it didn’t take an exurbanite amount of fiber to reap the benefits. Normal supplemental amounts were found to be very effective. Products such as Wholesale Nutrition’s “Eurofiber” contain vitamin C and a synergistic combination of the best soluble fibers that there are. Add soluble fiber and vitamin C to your diet and see how your health can change.

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.nutri.com/index.cfm/product/38_22/eurofiber.cfm?CFID=56282236&CFTOKEN=57335583
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fiber/NU00033
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100302171531.htm

INTRAVENOUS VITAMIN C AS CANCER THERAPY

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we highly value valid research related to vitamins and supplements. We are continually impressed with the reports from Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and would like to share some of their content with you from time to time. We hope you find it as fascinating as we do!

(OMNS Apr 14, 2011) Scientists have long studied the effects of mega-doses of vitamin C to treat a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. Research documents vitamin C as one of the best antiviral agents available. Vitamin C has been shown to neutralize and eliminate a wide range of toxins, and to enhance host resistance, greatly augmenting the immune system’s ability to neutralize bacterial and fungal infections. Most importantly, there is extensive published research demonstrating vitamin C’s anti-cancer properties. (1)

In the 1970s, Hugh D. Riordan, M.D. and colleagues began studying the underlying causes of cancer and ways to treat cancer in a non-toxic fashion. From this research came the Riordan Intravenous Vitamin C Protocol for Cancer. (2) This protocol is widely recognized in the integrative and orthomolecular medicine community and is commonly used as an effective adjunct to conventional oncologic therapy.

Oncologist Victor Marcial, M.D., has experience using it. He says: “We studied patients with advanced cancer (stage 4). 40 patients received 40,000-75,000 mg intravenously several times a week. . . In addition, they received a diet and other supplements. The initial tumor response rate was achieved in 75% of patients, defined as a 50% reduction or more in tumor size. . . As a radiation oncologist, I also give radiation therapy. Vitamin C has two effects. It increases the beneficial effects of radiation and chemotherapy and decreases the adverse effects. But this is not a subtle effect, is not 15-20%, it’s a dramatic effect. Once you start using IV vitamin C, the effect is so dramatic that it is difficult to go back to not using it.” (3)

In 2009 and 2010, Riordan IV-C and Cancer Symposiums brought together medical professionals, researchers and IV-C practitioners from the United States and abroad. The latest advancements in intravenous vitamin C cancer therapy were presented in detail, recorded on video, and are now available for free access at http://www.riordanclinic.org/education/symposium/2009.shtml (twelve lectures) and http://www.riordanclinic.org/education/symposium/2010.shtml (nine lectures)

OMNS readers are urged to have their physicians (especially oncologists) watch these important presentations.

References:

(1) Free access to full text papers at http://www.riordanclinic.org/research/journal-articles.shtml and also http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/

(2) Download the Riordan protocol free of charge at http://www.doctoryourself.com/RiordanIVC.pdf or http://www.riordanclinic.org/research/vitaminc/protocol.shtml

(3) Presentation at the Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, April 12, 2010.

Also of Interest:

Video clip: Is Vitamin C Better than Chemo for Cancer? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxveVAMir4o&feature=related or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfJLpPs1gTQ&NR=1

YouTube access to Riordan IV-C Symposium Videos. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=riordan+ivc+symposium&aq=f

If your hospital or doctors say that they cannot obtain injectable vitamin C: http://www.orthomed.com/civprep.htm or http://www.doctoryourself.com/vitciv.html

If your hospital or doctor says that the hospital will not allow IV vitamin C: http://www.doctoryourself.com/strategies.html

If your hospital or doctor says that IV C is illegal: http://www.doctoryourself.com/VC.NZ.Sept.2010.pdf

En Español:

1) Video de los comentarios del Dr. Victor Marcial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbOXgG998fI

2) Presentan primera gu¡a ortomolecular para el manejo del c ncer: http://www.wapa.tv/noticias.php?nid=20100428195518

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Water Soluble Vitamins

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Vitamins can be classified as fat soluble or water soluble. Water soluble vitamins dissolve easily and are also easily excreted. Fat soluble vitamins (including A, D, E, and K) are dissolved by fats in the intestine before they can be absorbed into the blood. Excess fat soluble vitamins are stored in the liver. Water soluble vitamins are not stored inside the body, can be quickly depleted, and should be replenished every day. Fat soluble vitamins can build up when they are not needed, so it is generally not recommended that they be consumed every day.

All B vitamins are water soluble, as well as vitamin C. These vitamins can be kept at adequate levels by eating whole grains, meat, eggs, fish, milk, vegetables, and citrus fruits. However, water soluble vitamins are very delicate and are often destroyed during food preparation, storage, or when they are heated. Therefore, many nutritionists recommend getting your B and C vitamins from eating raw foods and by taking vitamin supplements.

B vitamins basically help your body turn food into energy. It is common to be deficient in B vitamins for many reasons. Alcohol consumption is one of the leading causes of vitamin B deficiency in the US. Not only does alcohol tax your body and increase the need for certain vitamins, but it draws fluid from your cells making it impossible for the foods that you do eat to mix with enough water to provide you with enough B vitamins.

Grains are a good source of B vitamins. However, a lot of the grains that we eat in the US are refined and processed to the point that they offer little or no nutritional value. If you eat refined grains, make sure that the product you select is “enriched”. This means that thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), folate (B9), iron, and niacin (B3) have been added.

B vitamins not only help us to get energy from our food, but they are also vital in almost every other function of the body. They aid in vision, appetite, skin health, red blood cell production, breakdown and absorption of proteins, the formation of hormones, the body’s use of fats, and many neurological functions. Deficiency can cause fatigue, depression, muscle weakness, mental confusion, dermatitis, irritability, anemia, sleep disorders, kidney stones, cramping, numbness, and a loss of appetite.

The last water soluble vitamin is vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is not produced by the human body and must be consumed in the diet or in supplement form. Vitamin C is most known for its immunity benefits, but it is also responsible for collagen and elastin production in the body. Collagen and elastin are needed to repair vessels, bones, teeth, and other tissues all over the body. Without enough vitamin C, the body is forced to use cholesterol to patch up spots damaged by normal wear and tear, inflammation, or injury. Cholesterol makes a hard, brittle repair, which can put you at higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, and many other disabling and life threatening conditions.

If you purchase discount vitamins, make sure that they are of a high quality. You can get wholesale vitamins and supplements online. Vitamin C powder is considered to be the best vitamin C on the market because it is highly absorbable and effective. B vitamins should normally be taken as a “B complex” unless your doctor tells you that you are deficient in one type of B vitamin. Always consult with your doctor before starting a vitamins and supplements routine.

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!

Removing Plaque from Arteries

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Plaque build-up in your heart and arteries puts you at high risk for heart attack and stroke. Arteries can become clogged with plaque for many reasons. Heredity, diet, lack of exercise, high cholesterol, and low metabolism are often to blame for plaque build-up. It is important to understand the cause of your plaque build-up to best determine how to reduce it and prevent further build-up.

Plaque is made of a few different components found in your circulatory system. Calcium, blood clotting materials, cholesterol, fat, and waste products all circulate around your body. When they start to clump together, they get deposited on the walls of the arteries, causing them to harden and narrow over time.

Even if you’re young, you should be concerned with arterial plaque. It generally starts to build during the teenage years and steadily increases as you age. One reason that you may get more plaque is your lack of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient used in the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are needed to repair and maintain the walls of the circulatory system. Veins, arteries and capillaries are all dependant on vitamin C to maintain their strength and integrity. If you don’t get enough, then your body starts using cholesterol to make repairs. Cholesterol creates a more rigid, fragile repair than collagen and elastin do. Collagen and elastin make flexible soft repairs. Maintaining a regular intake of vitamin C helps your body to keep its arterial walls healthy.

Vitamin C has also been shown to not only maintain, but to improve the health of the circulatory system. It has been proven that vitamin C, taken daily, can reduce the amount of plaque build-up on artery walls, over time. This can greatly reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. Plaque in the coronary artery leads to heart disease and heart attacks. Build up in the carotid artery leads to stroke and reduces the amount of oxygen that your brain receives. If plaque builds up in your legs, you can lose them to infection, experience intense pain, or suffer from numbness of the legs and feet.

Speak with your doctor about the dangers of plaque in your arteries. Have your cholesterol levels checked regularly and ask your physician about a vitamins and supplements routine that can benefit you personally. Vitamin C supplements may be recommended for improving your circulatory system health and removing dangerous plaque from your arteries. The best vitamin C is a highly absorbable, buffered form, generally found as vitamin C powder. Talk with your doctor about which form is best for you.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is the 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 the best vitamin C powder on the market (C-Salts). Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy vitamin C supplements of the highest quality.

Treat Childhood Seizures with Vitamins

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Seizure disorders are becoming increasingly common among children today. Many types of seizures can go unnoticed and untreated for years, causing developmental and language delays. We are just starting to identify children that may be at the highest risk for seizure disorders. Children with Autism are among the highest risk group with nearly half currently on anti-seizure medication.

Vitamin therapy has proven helpful in controlling seizures with many patients. When used in conjunction with anti-seizure medications, results can be more favorable. Certain vitamins can make the medications more effective, reducing the need for higher dosages. Parents concerned with side effects of the medication are turning to vitamins and supplements to help their children avoid seizure episodes.

One common side effect of the medications is vitamin and mineral deficiency. Deficiencies in vitamin K, vitamin D, and calcium are most common. When levels of these vitamins and minerals are low, the patient is more likely to suffer from immunity problems. Depressive moods, low energy, and tooth decay also commonly result from these deficiencies. Supplementing can help to maintain better mental and physical health, which will also help most children to have fewer seizures.

Many successful trials and studies have been centered around vitamin E therapy. Vitamin E has shown to be especially helpful in reducing seizure activity in children. Adding vitamin E to the anti-seizure drug treatment produced favorable results for many children that didn’t respond to the drug alone.

B vitamins have also shown favorable results. Anti-seizure medications can cause reduced absorption of vitamin B12 and B6. Vitamin B levels should be monitored in children on anti-seizure medications. Without a proper balance of B vitamins in the body, the brain cannot properly supply melatonin and serotonin, both necessary for mood stabilization, proper sleep, and a sense of well-being. Children with lowered or altered levels of B vitamins, melatonin and serotonin are likely to have more seizures than children of the same condition with normal B vitamin levels.

Vitamin C supplements work with vitamin E in the brain to support and protect nerve cells from oxidative damage that can occur when a child is on anti-seizure medication or when a child has a seizure. In fact, studies are now showing that best vitamin C can have an anti-convulsive effect and reduce the amount of free radical peroxides produced by seizures. Vitamin C supplements have shown promise in becoming a normal part of seizure therapy, reducing the occurrence, severity, and damaging effects of seizures.

If you do decide to give your child vitamins and supplements as part of their seizure therapy routine, speak with your neurologist first. Some vitamins can interfere with anti-seizure medications and should be monitored closely. Others may become depleted or are poorly absorbed, so dosages may need to be altered to meet the needs of your child.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is the 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 the best vitamin C powder on the market (C-Salts). Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy vitamin C supplements of the highest quality.