We get most of the vitamins necessary for life through the food we eat. With The exception of vitamin D,( which comes from sunlight), and biotin, (which can be produced from intestinal bacteria), we must eat foods with the vitamins our bodies need.
Fat soluble vitamins like A - D - E - K all need some fat in order for the body to absorb them. While your body can store these vitamins, adequate supply`s of the fat soluble vitamins should be consumed through food and supplements on a daily basis.
Water soluble vitamins such as all the B`s and C are not stored by the body. While some new evidence suggest that we can store some of these vitamins for a short term it is best to include them on a daily basis to insure proper nutrition.
It is currently a hot bed discussion over whether vitamin supplements are necessary or even helpful. Our "layperson" opinion is that supplements can help and should be taken, but only as an addition to eating right, exercise and other healthy activities. Supplements can never be a substitute for eating healthy.
There are more and more nutritional components being discovered in foods, and with many we don`t even yet understand their function and how they may interact with other nutritional components for the body. But there is, in our opinion, enough information to conclude that these other components play an important role and we would be deficient of them if we only supplement.
Health is not always easy, but it`s basic components are simple. Eat right, exercise, meditate, practice deep breathing and actively pursue a spiritual faith of your choosing to maintain health.
In the west because of government regulations it is held that only drugs and those in the industry of modern medicine can diagnose, treat and cure disease. We are not doctors and hold no certifications in nutrition.
The facts provided here are our layperson`s understanding and opinion and while the information is accurate to the best of our knowledge we make no guarantees to its accuracy or correctness and we offer it for informational purposes only.
Drugs and modern medicine are wonderful and certainly have a place in the world. However, I do not know of one healthy person who is on drugs.
While I don`t know any healthy person that is on drugs I do know many people that eat whole foods like vegetables, fruits, fish and nuts, who exercise and actively practice their spiritual or religious faiths that enjoy good health.
Learning about vitamins can help you get the greatest benefits from home remedies and natural cures.
|Vatimins||How they help||Effects of Deficiency||Natural Sources|
|Facts about Vitamins: A||Helps maintain healthy hair, nails and skin. Helps the eyes and prevents night blindness. Reduces chances of lung cancer even in smokers.||Dry eyes, night blindness, unhealthy skin and hair.||Dark greens, green tea, deep yellow and orange vegetables and fruits. Sea weeds such as Nori|
|Facts about Vitamins: B1||Improves digestion and increases metabolism of carbohydrates which increases energy levels. Helps maintain proper nerve function.||Depression, anxiety, muscle cramping.||Deep sea water fish and other sea food and sea vegetation.|
|Facts about Vitamins: B2 (Riboflavin)||Aids digestion and metabolism of all foods. Helps keep good vision.||Can cause sores to appear on the mouth and nose. Increased sensitivity to light. Low energy from failure to metabolize foods properly.||Dark green leafy vegetables, green tea and sea vegetation.|
|Facts about Vitamins: B3 (Niacin)||Helps convert food to energy. Aids nerve function.||Low levels of energy due to failure to metabolize foods properly. Diarrhea.||Seafood, seeds, nuts, potatoes and poultry.|
|Facts about Vitamins: B5 (Pantothenic acid)||Aids the body in making hormones and helps nerve function.||Depression, Inflammation.||This is found in most vegetables and is made by the body with intestinal bacteria.|
|Facts about Vitamins: B6||Necessary for protein absorption and red cell formation.||Inflammation, depression and confusion.||Fish, fowl, spinach, prunes and sweet potato.|
|Facts about Vitamins: B12||Aids red blood cell and other cell formation.||Lowers quality of blood and its ability to transport nutrition and oxygen throughout the body.||Fish, fowl, eggs and seafood.|
|Facts about Vitamins: Biotin||Helps the body convert food into energy. Aids hair growth and strengthens nails. Some indications show it may help regulate blood sugar levels. Good for skin.||Brittle nails and slow hair growth. Low energy because of bodies failure to metabolize food into energy. Fatigue and insomnia.||Fish, fowl, egg yolks, miso, edamame, natto, tofu.|
|Facts about Vitamins: C||Stops oxidation of cells which leads to cancer formation. Powerful antioxidant. Antihistamine. Anti-inflammatory. Blocks free radicals; necessary for growth of tissue. It helps wounds to heal and strengthens bones and teeth.||Poor skin and easy bruising; bleeding gum's and loose teeth. Excessive colds, allergies and early aging, arthritis, cancer.||Lemons, limes and other citrus fruits. Sweet potato, cabbage, broccoli and red peppers. Also found in good amounts in some sea weeds.|
|Facts about Vitamins: D||Allows the body to absorb calcium and phosphorous...two important minerals. Also regulates these minerals so the body can make proper use of them. It is important for strong teeth and bones.||Rickets and Osteoporosis, brittle teeth and bones.||15 - 20 minutes a day of sunlight. Wild salmon, oysters, sardines and other deep sea water fish. Egg yolks.|
|Facts about Vitamins: E||Helps the body heal. Helps skin from drying by holding more moisture. Slows aging of skin. Fights free radicals which can reduce risk of some cancers and early aging. Aids the body in forming red blood cells.||Early aging. Increased risk of serious disease`s such as cancer.||Olive oil, almonds and walnuts, dark greens, eggs. Miso is an excellent source and to a lesser degree tofu.|
|Facts about Vitamins: Folic Acid||This important nutrient reduces birth defects in pregnant women by substantial amounts. Is needed in the formation of red blood cells and DNA. It also helps the body to synthesize protein.||Birth defects, emotional imbalances such as irritability, loss of short term memory, headaches, anemia, diarrhea and bleeding gum's.||Dark green vegetables such as spinach and kale. Cabbage and broccoli. Oranges, grapefruit and tangerines. Soy products like miso, tofu, tempeh, soy milk and edamame are great choices.|
|Vitamin facts about: K||Primary function is blood clotting.||Excessive or uncontrolled bleeding. Nose bleeds, excessive bruising, gum bleeding. Not related to hemophilia.||Dark green leafy vegetables, miso, tofu, edamame and soy milk.|
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Make the home remedies and nutritional information on this site your first step to greater health.