Vitamin Supplements, an Issue of Quantity?
A Pill Is Not Always The Answer
Your Heart & Nutrition
Vitamins Are Supplements
Vitamins and Interactions
An Issue of Quantity?
Vitamin supplements by Nguang Nguek Fluek
For a few years now that I have been seeking advice from nutritionists and doctors on the subject of vitamins, but none could provide a safe and convincing explanation that really helps. But one thing I discovered about vitamins is that if you take too much, you'll end up with something known as expensive urine.
The reason I said you would make expensive urine is your body absorbs about 15% from a vitamin supplement, assuming you don't have a deficiency for a particular nutrient. The rest is excreted in your urine.
Your body can absorb around 10 to 15% of the nutrients in a vitamin pill. The rest goes down the toilet as urine. So for every $10.00 you spend on supplements, you could be flushing $8.50 down the toilet. Your money would be better spent on food. The human body prefers to take a food, break it down and take the nutrients it needs. Remember that you are dealing with a cave person's body. I think you are depending too heavily on the supplement and not giving enough credit to the nutrients in your food.
So what about people who take in multivitamin pills on a daily basis? Does it make multivitamins helpful or excessive? This all depends on whether or not your diet contains enough food and variety to supply all the nutrients your body needs. If you eat more than 1600 calories and a variety of food, you may be wasting your money and making some very expensive urine.
Though, taking one multivitamin per day that has 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for vitamins and minerals will not hurt you. If you are consuming less than 1600 calories per day, you are not getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. In that case, I would suggest you take a multivitamin that has 100% of the RDA for all vitamins and minerals.
On the other side of the case, I've gotten queries that if they take a multivitamin every day, they believe it balances out what they don't eat right in their diets. Most people want to know what ingredients will give the best balanced diet.
If the multivitamin has only 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for each nutrient in the supplement, it definitely doesn't harm the body. There are RDA's for protein, vitamin A, D, E, K, C, B6 and B12, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folacin or folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine and selenium.
The bottle's label should give you the measured amount of each nutrient in each pill and what percent each pill contributes to your RDA.
A vitamin is like an enzyme or catalyst. It assists in a chemical reaction. By themselves, they will help prevent a nutritional deficiency and in persons on very low calorie diets which is less than 1200 calories per day, vitamin supplements provide missing nutrients.
Vitamins though are not enough.
You need protein, fat and carbohydrate to build and maintain the human body.
If you focus on eating a variety of foods, your requirements of vitamins and minerals will probably be met.
Unless your doctor has recommended a specific vitamin for a health problem you have, you may be wasting your money on supplements.
Vitamin Supplements –
A Pill Is Not Always The Answer
Vitamins are organic compounds that our bodies use, in very small amounts, for a variety of metabolic processes.
Taking vitamins 'just in case' is not a habit that anyone should get into and it is always recommended that vitamins are taken through wholesome and quality food.
There are many different reasons and types of people that may want or need to take supplements, some of these may include, some vegetarians, people who drink large amounts of alcohol, drug users, athletic people, pregnant and lactating women and elderly people.
Are you using Vitamins and Minerals
like medicine pills?
There seems to be a trend occurring where it is believed that taking massive or “mega-doses” of various vitamins will work like medicine to cure certain conditions. For example, vitamin C has been thought of as a cure for the common cold for generations and in fact you were probably even told this by your mother at some stage. Despite extensive research on this it has yet to be proven
Vitamins from food are best
Research indicates that most of the vitamins you get from the food you eat are better than those contained in pills. Even though the vitamins in supplements are synthesized to the exact chemical composition of naturally occurring vitamins, they still don't seem to work as well. For this reason when selecting a vitamin supplement it is important that a natural vitamin supplement is selected
Research has shown that a food component that has a particular effect on the body when present in food may not have the same effect when it is isolated and taken as a supplement. This could be because the vitamins and minerals in foods are also influenced by other components of the food, not just the 'active ingredient'.
Food is a complex source of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which all work together. Supplements tend to work in isolation. Phytochemicals (plant chemicals) are an important component of food. They are thought to reduce the incidence of cancer and heart disease. Supplements do not provide the benefits of phytochemicals and other components found in food. Taking vitamin supplements is no substitute for a varied diet
A short term measure
Taking vitamin supplements should be viewed as a short term measure. The long term use of supplements can lead to symptoms of overdosing or poisoning. If you feel that you could be lacking in certain vitamins and minerals, it may be better to look at changing your diet and lifestyle rather than reaching for supplements.
This being said if you are a highly active person you may need to constantly supplement your vitamin intake as you will be using your sources much quicker than the average person.
You should always consult your doctor if you
are thinking of starting
a vitamin supplement routine
Specific medical conditions that can benefit from vitamin supplementation
There are specific medical conditions that are known to benefit from certain vitamin supplementation. In this case it is recommended that you consult your doctor first and then if you are searching for a vitamin supplement ensure that you are using a natural well formulated supplement.
Scientific studies have outlined some specific areas that can benefit largely from vitamin supplementation.
If all women of childbearing age used multi vitamins with folic acid, it should be possible to reduce the current incidence of neural tube birth defects like spina bifida by as much as 70%.
The routine use of multi vitamins and mineral supplements by the elderly could improve immune function and thus reduce infectious disease, potentially cutting in half the total number of days they are sick.
Supplementation with calcium and vitamin D could reduce the rate of hip fracture among older people by at least 20%-meaning 40,000 to 50,000 fewer hip fractures each year in the United States-for an average annual savings of $1.5 to $2 billion.
The potential cost savings of a prevention-oriented approach to health and diet are tremendous. A 1997 analysis predicted that if the occurrence of cardiovascular disease, stroke and hip fracture were delayed five years, total U.S. health care cost savings could equal $89 billion annually.
While the addition of a multi vitamin would benefit most people, different additional supplements should be chosen based on the specific life stage, gender or lifestyle of the individual. For example, though calcium is generally important for all men and women, it is particularly critical for children building bone mass and elderly people seeking to preserve it.
Things to remember
when taking supplements
Vitamins are organic compounds used by the body in small amounts for various metabolic processes.
Vitamin supplements can't replace
a healthy diet.
Those who may need vitamin supplements include pregnant and lactating women, people who consume alcohol in amounts over those recommended as safe, drug users and the elderly.
When taking vitamins try to take a natural brand that follows all of the FDA guidelines.
Copyright Author: Marc Lindsay
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Vitamins Are Supplements
In a perfect world, children wouldn’t balk at eating a perfectly balanced diet and adults would have the time to create that menu for themselves and the children in their lives. Unfortunately, we live in the real world and perfection is more than a little distance away. So what about those vitamins we need? The alternative to a perfect diet is a regular regimen of vitamin supplements.
Before you grab up the latest, cutest, most expensive or cheapest vitamins you can find, take a minute to evaluate what it is that you expect to accomplish. Start by carefully evaluating your typical daily food intake.
Take a count of the foods you eat over a period of a few days. You may find that you’re getting sufficient amounts of most vitamins simply through your diet. Even a less-than-healthy diet overall may be offset by certain habits – drinking significant quantities of Vitamin D fortified milk, for example. If you typically drink at least two cups of milk each day, you’re probably getting the Vitamin D recommended for a normal, healthy adult.
But what if you realize that you really aren’t getting the vitamins you need? Then it’s time to add a vitamin supplement, but you should be smart about it. For most children and adults who aren’t getting the recommended daily allowances of vitamins, a very general vitamin is probably your best bet.
There are plenty of options out there and it really becomes a matter of personal choice. If the kids like some particular brand better than others, that brand is probably fine. Just be sure that it’s providing recommended daily allowances of the top vitamins needed by children.
The same is true of adults, though it tends to be the claims of the manufacturer that grabs the attention rather than the fact that the vitamins are in the shape of a cartoon character. Be wary of any vitamin brand when the manufacturer makes incredible claims.
There’s no doubt that having sufficient vitamin intake on a daily basis will make you feel better, but there’s also no doubt that vitamins aren’t going to turn back the clock, give you the vitality of a toddler and make all your aches and pains go away.
Be smart about it.
Read the back of the bottle to find out what vitamins are actually packed into that little pill.
You may be surprised to find the ingredients of the cheapest store brand and those incredibly expensive vitamins are exactly the same.
Author: Bob Benson
Vitamins and Interactions
Vitamins are good for you, so it stands to reason that getting all the vitamins you can every day is the best course of action. As a general rule, it’s true that choosing foods rich in vitamins is a good idea.
But, there are times when more isn’t better,
even when it comes to vitamins.
The first thing to keep in mind is that several vitamins have toxic levels. In other words, there is a point at which consuming more vitamins is not only unhelpful, it can be dangerous. Vitamin K helps the body clot blood. If you get a cut, your blood’s natural tendency to clot will keep you from bleeding to death. But there are some people who have blood that clots too readily, or who have health issues that require thinner blood. Some people with specific types of heart problems may actually be on medication designed to thin the blood.
Doctors may also prescribe a blood thinner for a patient getting ready for some types of surgeries. If thinning the blood is your doctor’s goal, taking a Vitamin K supplement or eating foods that are particularly rich in Vitamin K may be dangerous.
If you’re taking an aspirin each day, your body may be experiencing a Vitamin C deficiency. Studies have indicated that Vitamin C is typically absorbed by blood cells, but aspirin in the system may block this normal absorption action.
If you need more iron in your body, you may want to consider increasing the amount of Vitamin C in your daily food intake. It seems that having enough Vitamin C in your system makes your body more readily absorb iron, tackling that anaemia problem more quickly than taking iron alone.
If you’re taking antibiotics, particularly over a long period of time, your body may have trouble absorbing sufficient amounts of Vitamin A. If you’re taking drugs to lower your cholesterol, you may also experience Vitamin A deficiency.
Vitamin E and Zinc work hand-in-hand. If your body has lower-than-normal levels of Zinc, you may also have a Vitamin E deficiency, even if you’re eating healthy. Vitamins C and E also work together.
There are a number of other interactions that can occur between vitamins, or between vitamins and other conditions, minerals and drugs. Remember that it is possible to overdose on some vitamins, and some can cause serious problems with medication, diet and existing health problems.
It’s best to talk to
a health care professional before you start
or alter your daily diet or vitamin intake.
Author: Bob Benson
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