Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Benefits of vitamin C

Benefits of vitamin C

An idea on benefits of vitamin c or ascorbic acid or hygnose and its health benefits along with sources

Other commonly used names = Ascorbic acid, hygnose

Sources = Blackcurrants, citrus fruits, other fruit, green vegetables

The c vitamin is the most important vitamin and gaining more popularity on internet these days. It is not surprising because the human body needs c vitamin in order to accomplish more than 300 bodily functions. Vitamin c is very rich in its healing properties and also it is true that without the c vitamin the body would not be able to heal itself either. Vitamin C helps increase body immunity and has been proved to help protect against several diseases such as:

- Heart disease

- Cancer

- Other serious illnesses.

Vitamin c or ascorbic acid or hygnose is very essential for collagen formation process. Whenever a person has a cut or an injury it is the collagen that helps repair the damage and without sufficient c vitamin this would be almost impossible. Collagen is also very vital for performing other functions in the body, such as:

- keeping the organs in place and it would be impossible without sufficient c vitamin.

The c vitamin is full in its anti aging properties and helps in better absorption of other vitamins and minerals by our body. For example, in order to maximize folic acid and iron usefulness. Hygnose or ascorbic acid is also essential for treating several types of body ailments by boosting our body defense power.

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is present in almost every fruit and vegetable naturally, but some fruits and vegetable have far higher c vitamin content than others such as cranberries and melons have high c vitamin content. In fact, tropical fruits have the highest c vitamin amounts of all fruit. Hot peppers are amongst the richest sources of the c vitamin when it comes to vegetables. The hotter the pepper, the higher its c vitamin content is. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin therefore many vegetables lose their effectiveness as a c vitamin provider if they are boiled for a long time. In order obtain recommended daily amount of the c vitamin, try to eat 4 to 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day or you can also use juices of lemon, oranges and other citrus fruits and even if you do not want to make any types of efforts then go to market and get some vitamin C chewable tables.

C vitamin supplements are extremely useful and gaining popularity these days and also easily available in the market. However, it is always better to obtain sufficient vitamin with a balanced diet. However, if a person begins feeling tired or lethargic then a c vitamin supplement will help overcome this. There is no danger of having too much c vitamin as the body simply excretes the excess.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Benefits of Vitamin B12

B12 Vitamin Basics

Vitamin B12

Alternative Name - COBALAMINE

SOURCE – Liver, kidney, milk, meat, dairy products, eggs, fermented Soya products, seaweeds and algae have all been proposed as possible sources of B12.Remember that spirulina contains compounds analogues to vitamin B12 and including spirulina for gaining vitamin B12 may in fact increase the risk of B12 deficiency disease, as the B12 analogues can compete with B12 and inhibit metabolism.

Good sources of vitamin B12 for vegetarians are dairy products or free-range eggs.

- ½ pint of milk (full fat or semi skimmed) = 1.2 µg.

- A slice of vegetarian cheddar cheese (40g) = 0.5 µg.

- A boiled egg = 0.7 µg.

- Fermentation in the manufacture of yoghurt destroys much of the B12 and also boiling milk can destroy much of the B12. Include yeast extracts, vecon vegetable stock, veggie burger mixes, textured vegetable protein, Soya milk, vegetable and sunflower margarines, and breakfast cereals if you are a vegetarian.


Term RDA or Recommended Daily Amount have now been replaced by the term (RNI) or Reference Nutrient intake.

(1000 µg = 1mg)

O to 6 months =0.3 µg

7 to 12 months = 0.4 µg

1 to 3 years = 0.5 µg

4 to 6 years = 0.8 µg

7 to 10 years = 1.0 µg

11 to 14 years = 1.2 µg

15+ years = 1.5 µg

Breast feeding women = 2.0 µg

Vitamin B12 is one of the most essential vitamins for you body and mind. Vitamin b12 is used by the body in many ways to perform different processes such as converting the fats, carbohydrates and proteins from all food that is consumed into energy. Other benefits of vitamin B12 or Cobalamine include:

- Vitamin B12 is used to create healthy red blood cells.

- Prevention of heart disease.

- Keeping the immune system functioning at its maximum efficiency.

- B12 vitamin also works to form the protective covering of all the nerve cells in the body.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Benefits of vitamin

Vitamins are some types of organic substances. Vitamins are required by an organism in small amounts in order to sustain life. Everyone wants sufficient quantities of vitamin for growth, vitality and completing other body functions. If vitamins are not synthesized in the body in sufficient quantity then they must be obtained from food because vitamins deficiencies may give rise to several diseases and other health hazards. According to me and science “life without vitamins is impossible”.

Why Vitamins Are So Important For Health?

There is a huge list of benefits, functions and influences of vitamins to every body organ and to overall body. Vitamins are essential for growth, metabolism, mental health, digestion, immunity (resistance to bacterial reactions), for maintaining normal appetite and to enabling the body to use other essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins and minerals. Vitamins also have several therapeutic effects such as niacin is used for lowering cholesterol level and vitamin A derivatives are used to treat acne. can be used to treat acne.

Vitamin B complex is a group of vitamins that includes thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B-6, folate, B-12, pantothenic acid, biotin and choline.

There are many benefits of vitamin B complex including increased energy levels, moods stability, healthy skin, hair and eyes, beneficial for proper nervous and immune system function. We need adequate amounts of vitamin B complex group every day to insure the proper function of many systems of our body. Most people notice an improvement in memory and ability to concentrate, as well as a decrease in depressed feelings and irritability.

Body needs vitamin B complex in order to convert carbohydrates into glucose, this action is performed by the cells under the process called METABOLISM.

More B complex in take is recommended, if you drink too much coffee or alcohol, taking birth control pills, sulfa and sleeping medication.