Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Getting a little obssessed with vitamins over here,

  1. Vitamin A - vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, cell differentiation, lymphocyte production & the immune system; promotes healthy surface linings of the eyes and the respiratory, urinary, intestinal tracts, skin and mucous membranes (RDA 3000 IU male, 2,310 IU female, both age 19+) (fat soluable) (also can be used topically - wrinkles and such)
  2. Vitamin B12 - metabolism, required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis (RDA 2.4 mcgs, adults) (water soluable)
  3. Vitamin C - also called L-ascorbic acid, required for the biosynthesis of collagen, L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters;  involved in protein metabolism, helps produce Collagen (connective tissue, which plays a vital role in wound healing). physiological antioxidant & regenerate other antioxidants within the body. Ongoing research is examining whether vitamin C, by limiting the damaging effects of free radicals through its antioxidant activity, might help prevent or delay the development of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases associtated with oxidative stress  (DRA 90mg male, 75 mg female age 19+)
  4. Vitamin E - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory processes, inhibition of platelet aggregation, and immune enhancement; works against heart disease, cancer, eye disorders, and cognitive decline (among current smokers and men who had quit, (vitamin E intakes of more than 400 IU/day were associated with a statistically significant 71% reduction in the risk of advanced prostate cancer) (may delay or prevent age-related macular degeneration and cateracts) (DRI adults 22.4 IU, Upper Intake Levels 1500 IU) (fat soluable) can also be used topically
  5. Vitamin D3 - essential for bone health & calcium absorption, modulation of neuromuscular and immune function and reduction of inflammation, (DRI 200 IU, UL ) (fat soluable)
  6. Omega 3 - fish oil x 2 - good for cardio vascular health, lower blood triglyceride levels, normalizes heart rate and blood flow, good for joint lubrication, possible cognitive benefits
  7. Green Tea Extract - may help protect against or slow the growth of certain cancers, mental alertness, possible aid in weight loss, lowering blood cholesterol levels, & protection for the skin from sun damage
  8. Biotin - essential for skin, intestinal tract, and nervous system; prevents very low blood sugars, high blood ammonia, or acidic blood (acidosis). needed for DNA replication and gene expression, decrease triglyceride levels, (DRA 300 mcgs) 

     info from: http://ods.od.nih.gov/ and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

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