Description:

Vitamin B-12 is needed to prevent anemia. It works together with folic acid to form red blood cells (see B-6). This nutrient is also required for proper digestion, absorption of foods, the synthesis of protein, prevents nerve damage, maintains fertility, and promotes normal growth and development by protecting the fatty covering of nerve endings. A deficiency of vitamin B-12 can be caused by malabsorption (which can be due to digestive problems, especially the lack of stomach acid). Lack of adequate amounts of B-12 may lead to chronic fatigue, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, enlargement of the liver, eye disorders, hallucinations, headaches, inflammation of the tongue, irritability, moodiness, memory loss, nerve damage, ringing in the ears, and pernicious anemia. Strict vegetarians should know that this nutrient is found almost exclusively in animal protein and should supplement it. Sublingual vitamin B-12 is the best way to supplementation this nutrient.

Description:

Thiamine is important for good circulation, blood formation, carbohydrate utilization, and the production of stomach acid to insure proper digestion. It is also important for good muscle tone, normalization of appetite, brain function, and it protects the body from the harmful effects of aging, alcohol consumption, and the effects of smoking. A deficiency of Thiamine can lead to constipation, edema, enlarged liver, fatigue, forgetfulness, irritability, loss of appetite, weak and sore muscles, and extreme weight loss.

Description:

Working together, these vitamins perform many important functions. Healthy eyes, skin, hair, and mouth tissue; a healthy nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and proper brain function are some of the systems that these vitamin support. B vitamins should be taken together, but using one of them in dosages two to three times the others can be useful to treat a particular disorder. Although the B vitamins are a team, they will be discussed individually.

Description:

Vitamin A prevents night blindness as well as other eye problems. It is important for healthy skin, enhances immunity, and helps to heal the gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin A helps to keep the mucous membranes healthy. It is important for the proper formation of bones, and teeth. Vitamin A protects against colds, influenza, and infections in the kidneys, bladder, lungs, and mucous membranes. This nutrient acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells against cancer and other diseases. It is also important for new cell growth. Without vitamin A the body can not utilize protein.

Description:

Inositol is vital for hair growth. This also has a calming effect on the nervous system, and helps to reduce cholesterol levels. It is important for healthy arteries, and promotes proper metabolism of fats. Deficiencies of inositol can lead to arteriosclerosis, constipation, hair loss, elevated cholesterol levels, irritability, mood-swings, and poor skin quality.

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