Vitamin B3 (Niacin) daily dose

Vitamin B-3, commonly known as niacin, is one of the eight B complex vitamins that help your body convert food to energy. Niacin also helps improve blood circulation and cholesterol levels.
In high doses, niacin can reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides and raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good”) cholesterol. Studies show niacin may also slow the development of atherosclerosis when used with other cholesterol-lowering drugs, diet and exercise. Continue reading →

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) daily dose

Co-enzyme functions in numerous oxidation and reduction reactions. Deficiency: Growth, cheilosis, angular stomatitis, and dermatitis. Vitamin B2 food sources: soybeans, spinach, beet greens, tempeh, yogurt, mushrooms, crimini, eggs, asparagus, almonds, turkey.

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Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) daily dose

Co-enzyme functions in metabolism of carbohydrates and branched-chain amino acids. Deficiency: Beri-beri, polyneuritis, and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Vitamin B1: Food sources of thiamin include enriched, fortified and whole-grain products, such as bread, rice, pasta, tortillas and cereals, and beef liver and pork.

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Vitamin D Supplementation

A few years ago, vitamin D rarely made news. Now, the so-called sunshine vitamin is regularly in the headlines. One reason is that recent research has found that this essential nutrient does much more than help your body absorb the calcium it needs to build and maintain strong bones. It also appears to play a role in reducing the risk of many illnesses — including common cancers, autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular disease. Continue reading →

Foods high in vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are substances your body needs to grow properly, function normally and stay healthy. It’s possible — and highly recommended — that you get these substances from the foods you eat. However, it sometimes can be difficult to get the recommended amount of some vitamins and minerals from diet alone. That’s why it’s not unusual to hear that taking a multivitamin or other supplement on a daily basis can make good sense. Continue reading →