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Vitamin Focus: E

by Louise August 20th, 2010 | Diet, Vitamins
This article is the last in a series focusing on the different vitamins. The other vitamins that have already been covered are vitamin A, the B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin D.

What is vitamin E and what does it do for us? Vitamin E has long been known as the vitamin that helps skin heal when applied topically. There are those who buy bottles of liquid vitamin E to apply it to old scars in hopes that they will soon disappear through the magic of the vitamin. Despite many success anecdotes, research has
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Wearing Sunglasses

by Bea June 28th, 2010 | Aging, Diseases, Vitamins
Wearing sunglasses all of the time when you are outside can be harmful to your health, but it is important to use them. Confused? Well, your eyes have receptors in them that trigger Vitamin D absorption when they detect sunlight. If you block the UV rays from reaching your eyes, then it is likely that you will not absorb your daily need of Vitamin D from the sun. However, wearing sunglasses can help to protect your eyes so that they can stay healthier for a longer period of time.  There are many health benefits to wearing sunglasses because eyes that are regularly exposed to too much sun can develop serious
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Vitamin Focus: D

by Louise June 7th, 2010 | Vitamins
This article is the fourth in a series focusing on the different vitamins. Other vitamins that have already been covered are vitamin A, the B vitamins, and vitamin C.

What is vitamin D and what does it do for us? Primarily, vitamin D helps the body absorb and maintain the right amount of calcium and phosphorus in our blood. It also helps reduce inflammation and modulates neuromuscular and immune function.

What happens if we do not take in enough vitamin D? Vitamin D deficiency is associated with rickets and osteomalacia in children and adults, respectively. Rickets
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Vitamin Focus: C

by Louise May 7th, 2010 | Vitamins
You see it boasted on orange juice cartons and fruit snack packs: "Contains 100% Vitamin C in each serving!" But how much vitamin C is this, and what does it do?

What is it and what does it do? Vitamin C is ascorbic acid. It is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for the production of collagen. Collagen is found in many forms and used in many parts of the body, including cartilage and connective tissues (of our organs, bones, teeth, tendons, ligaments, etc.). It's just about everywhere! In addition to that, it can be beneficial to take it along
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Vitamin Focus: B

by Louise March 31st, 2010 | Vitamins
There are 8 different B Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12. You might be familiar with that list of numbers; have you ever wondered why it had gaps? There are, in fact, substances, which were once thought to be vitamins, that fill these gaps. However, many of these "vitamins" had no nutritional value for humans or no reason to intake them, which betrays the definition of a vitamin (a substance essential in minute amounts for normal growth and activity of the body). For example, B4 (adenine) and B8 (adenosine monophosphate) are both synthesized by the body, which
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