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Category:  Health
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Vitamins And Minerals

By Andy Casasanta

Life Giving Vitamins
Have you ever thought to yourself, what vitamin is good for which ailment? Well here you go. A complete listing of vitamins, their food source, and their main role.

Vitamin A
For the maintenance of skin, mucous membranes, bones, teeth, and hair; eye sight. Their sources are: green vegetables, melon, squash, tomatoes.

Vitamin D
Helps in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous; needed for bone growth and maintenance Their sources are: fish-liver oils, sprouted seeds, mushrooms, sunflower seeds.

Vitamin E
Helps form red blood cells; prevents oxidation damage. Their sources are: nuts and grains. Green leafy vegetables. Cold pressed olive oil.

Vitamin K
Needed for blood clotting, liver function. Their sources are: Kelp, Alfalfa, soybean oil.

Vitamin B1
Helps release energy from carbohydrates and nervous system function. Their sources are: Brewer's yeast, wheat germ/bran, whole-grain cereals.

Vitamin B2
Helps release energy from foods. Essential for healthy eyes, skin, nails and hair. Their sources are: Whole grains, brewer's yeast, trouble yeast, wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds, cooked leafy vegetables.

Vitamin B3
Needed for nervous and digestive system functions; essential for protein and carb metabolism. Their sources are: wheat germ, rice bran, nuts, sunflower seeds, brown rice.

Vitamin B6
helps form red blood cells. Important for normal reproductive processes and healthy pregnancies. Their sources are: Brewer's yeast, bananas, avocado, wheat germ/bran, soybeans, blackstrap molasses, cantaloupe.

Vitamin B12
Helps form red blood cells. Prevents anemia Their sources are: sunflower seeds, comfrey leaves, kelp, bananas, peanuts, raw wheat germ.

Folic acid
formation of red blood cells, the healing process and aids in the metabolism of proteins and contributes to normal growth. Their sources are: Deep green leafy vegetables, lima beans, spinach, nuts, broccoli.

Pantothenic acid
Wards off infections and speeds recovery from illnesses. Their sources are: Royal jelly, whole-grain breads/cereals, green vegetables, peanuts.

Biotin
Prevents hair loss, Involved in metabolism of proteins and fats. Their sources are: Brewer's yeast, soybeans, unpolished rice.

Vitamin C
Necessary for healthy teeth, gums and bones. Essential for proper functioning of adrenal and thyroid glands. Their sources are: All fresh fruits and vegetables, strawberries, apples, cabbage, tomatoes.

Calcium
Needed for bone and tooth formation; Their sources are: Dark leafy vegetables, sesame seeds, oats, navy beans, almonds.

Phosphorous
Works together with calcium and must be balanced to be effective. Needed for building bones and teeth. Their sources are: Whole-grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, dried fruit, corn.

Magnesium
Needed for healthy muscle tone and healthy bones and heart. Their sources are: Nuts, soybeans, green leafy vegetables, figs, apples, lemons, peaches, almonds, salmon.

Potassium
Important in keeping acid-alkaline balance in the blood. Essential for muscle contraction and normal heart beat. Their sources are: Green leafy vegetables, oranges, whole grains.

Sodium
Regulates fluid and acid base balance; sodium is necessary for hydrochloric acid production in the stomach. Their sources are: Kelp, celery, romaine lettuce, watermelon, sea salt.

Sulfur
Vital for healthy skin, hair and nails. Aids in reducing oxidations. Their sources are: Radish, turnip, onions, celery, horseradish, watercress.

Iron
Essential for the formation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to every cell of the body. Their sources are: Apricots, peaches, bananas, black molasses, prunes, raisins, whole grain cereals, turnip greens, spinach, dry beans.

Zinc
aids in wound healing, growth, tissue repair, and sexual development Their sources are: Wheat bran, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, brewer's yeast, onions, oysters, green leafy vegetables.

Iodine
Essential in the formation of thyroxin - the thyroid hormone which regulates much of physical and mental activity. Their sources are: Seaweed, swiss chard, turnip greens, garlic, watercress, pineapple, pears, citrus, seafood and fish liver oils.

Copper
Iron cannot be absorbed without copper. In Involved in protein metabolism, in healing processes and in keeping hair's natural color. Their sources are: Same as Iron. Also almonds, peas, beans, green leafy vegetables, whole grain products, prunes, raisins.

Manganese
Importantly involved in the metabolism of carbs, fats and proteins. Their sources are: Spinach, beets, blueberries, oranges, grapefruit, apricots, kelp, green leafy vegetables.

Fluorine
Essential for bone and tooth building. Protects against infections. Their sources are: sunflower seeds, carrots, garlic, almonds.

Who might be a good candidate for vitamin or mineral Supplements
-Pregnant women and nursing mothers
-The chronically ill
-Heavy drinkers
-Cigarette smokers whose vitamin C levels are often low
-Dieters
-The elderly
-Those recovering from infection or surgery
-Vegans (strict vegetarians) who may need vitamin B12
-Women of child-bearing age who may need Iron

Submitted Mr. Andy Casasanta. The author of this article has devoted a portion of his life to health and well being for himself and others. All the subjects of his articles has effected his life in one way or another. Which has inspired him to create a tremendous health and pharmacy website. In this site you will find up to 40 health articles and growing, and a 7000 reciprocal link exchange page. Savings of up to 80% on all popular drugs. Viagra, Lipitor, meridia, and hundreds more all for pennies on the dollar. Please visit:http://www.medheadquarters.net


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