Thursday, December 28, 2006


Mineral Vitamin Supplements

The majority of mineral vitamin supplements are made from chemicals rather than natural substances. However, there is a steady growth in the demand for natural mineral vitamin supplements. This is due to the amount of debate that there is as to whether chemical mineral vitamins can be more harmful than beneficial in the long term.

The fact is that chemical mineral vitamin supplements are not as easily absorbed as normal food particles are. The mineral vitamin industry is constantly striving to create products that are more easily processed by the body and therefore more beneficial.

Every now and then the industry comes up with a new 'more bio-available' form of a vitamin or mineral. To overcome this, a large number of mineral vitamins have been developed that combine other elements with the vitamins and minerals to enable them to be more easily absorbed by the body. Iron is commonly combined to form iron gluconate which enable the mineral vitamin supplement to be more absorbable.

The amount of a nutrient in a mineral vitamin supplement needs to be far greater than it would be in a more natural form for the body to be able to absorb the amount that is required. This can obviously lead to problem where a toxic level of the particular nutrient is being consumed by the large doses of the mineral vitamin supplement that are needed. It is therefore extremely important that a person does not simply take vast quantities of all of the mineral vitamin supplements that are advertised on television and should seek advice from a health professional. It is also worth being aware of the developments in the mineral vitamin supplement industry as there are constantly new and better combinations being developed.

One method that mineral vitamin manufacturers have developed to help aid absorption is through culturing the raw materials with yeast cells. This form of mineral vitamins are known as ‘food state’ and are up to four times easier for the body to absorb the required nutrients as the yeast is completely digested.

Of course, the need for mineral vitamin supplements depends on the diet that a person has. There is no doubt that it is far more preferable for a person to obtain the nutrients that they require from their food rather than by taking mineral vitamin supplements wherever possible. During certain periods it may be necessary for a person to take mineral vitamin supplements on a temporary basis but their long term use is not recommended for a number of the supplements that are available.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

... B Complex Vitamins...

A Guide to the B Complex Vitamins. I find very useful...

There is a lot of discussion about the B complex vitamin and how it is essential for the body to perform a multitude of functions. However, the B complex vitamin is not a very complicated vitamin, as the name might suggest. There are actually eight B vitamins that are in the B complex vitamin as well as a few other related substances. The eight vitamins that make up the B complex vitamin are thiamine or vitamin B1, riboflavin or vitamin B2, niacin or vitamin B3, pyridoxine or vitamin B6, cobalamine or vitamin B12, folic acid, pantothenic acid and biotin. The other related substances that are also in the B complex vitamin include choline, inositol and para-aminobenzoic acid. Every part of the B complex vitamin performs its own individual function within the body but it is when they work together as the B complex vitamin that they provide essential maintenance for the body to remain healthy. The B vitamin complex comprises B vitamins which are water soluble and it is essential that enough of these vitamins are consumed on a daily basis. The body cannot store water soluble vitamins such as the B complex vitamin and this leads to a regular intake being required.The B complex vitamins are extremely beneficial for a number of conditions and may be needed in additional quantities at certain times in a person’s life. Of course, there is a recommended daily allowance for the B complex vitamins that varies according to the sex and age of a person. However, doctors and other health professionals have discovered the benefits of increasing the intake of the B complex vitamin to help overcome certain illnesses. Many people suffer from anxiety and stress at one time or another and research has found that the B complex vitamin can be beneficial in helping alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and stress. If a person has been unwell the B complex vitamin can be extremely valuable in aiding the recovery process. Fatigue can be a symptom of a multitude of illnesses as well as simply overdoing things but the B complex vitamin can help alleviate general tiredness and lethargy. Interestingly, some skin conditions, such as dermatitis, can also benefit from addition B complex vitamin intake. In fact, a number of creams and other skin preparations contain added vitamin B complex that can be absorbed by the skin to alleviate the condition. The condition of a person’s hair will also be greatly improved with sufficient B complex vitamin intake.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

...Flu Facts...

The most common question I hear is: How can you tell a cold from the Flu? It's not a riddle, but then again maybe it is. Although similarities exist between the two illnesses-and their treatment-they're caused by entirely different organisms. The worst part of a cold might last longer, but the flu generally causes more discomfort.
This is a comparison of common symptoms and the differences between them, depending on whether they are caused by a cold or the flu.

Headache. Rare with cold but common with flu.
Fever. With flu, it's common and comes on suddenly; with a cold , it's rare.
General aches. In flu, aches are usual and often severe; in a cold, they're slight.
Fatigue. Fatigue is extreme in flu and can last two to three weeks; a cold leaves you mildly fatigued.
Runny nose. Sometimes you'll have a runny nose with flu, but it's more common with a cold.
Sore throat. A sore throat sometimes accompanies flu; it's a common symptom of a cold.
Cough. It's common with flu and can become severe; a cold brings on a mild to moderate hacking cough.
Is there no escape? A big resounding No, when the flu's got you in it's clutches, you're down for the count.

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Friday, December 01, 2006


At one time or another, all of us succumbs to the Common Cold. The youngest to the oldest, the sweetest, the smartest - our virtues seem to matter not. We are reduced to coughing, sneezing shadows of our former selves.
Worse yet Antibiotics don't work for these viruses like they do for bacterial infections. So we can only take a pill or two, and hope the symptoms will disappear in a week or so.
But there's actually more we can do to get through a cold.

1. Take Vitamin C - It works in the body as a scavenger picking up all sorts of trash including viruses.

2. Zap it with Zinc Lozenges - They can cut colds short.

3. Get extra rest and relax.

4. Load up on liquids - water, juices, tea, etc... They will help flush out impurities that may be preying on your system.

5. Sip a hot toddy before bedtime. Warm wine is your best bet for this.

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