What Each Supplement Does 2017-12-12T06:47:40+00:00

Vitamins & Supplements Explained

People need to know what a vitamin or mineral or antioxidant actually does in their body before they will buy it and before they will take it every day.

Zinc

Important in prostate gland function and the growth of the reproductive organs.  Helps prevent acne and regulate the activity of oil glands.  Required for protein synthesis and collagen formation.  Promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of wounds.  Helps the acuity of taste and smell.  Protects the liver from chemical damage.

Vitamin E requires proper levels of Zinc in the blood.  Promotes burn and wound healing.  Supports the immune system, involved in carbohydrate and protein digestion.

Deficiency can result in: Loss of sense of smell or taste, acne, fatigue, growth impairment, hair loss, high cholesterol levels, impotence, susceptibility to infection, infertility, memory impairment, prostate trouble, recurrent colds and flu, white spots on the finger nail, stretch marks on the skin, hair loss, joint pain, poor sexual development, menstrual irregularities, slow wound healing and recurrent infections.

NOTE: A proper 1-to-10 balance between copper and zinc levels should be maintained.

Manganese

Needed for protein and fat metabolism, healthy nerves, healthy immune system, and blood sugar levels. Is used in energy production. Required for normal bone growth and for reproduction. Used in the formation of cartilage and lubricating fluid of the joints.

Works well with the B vitamins to give an overall feeling of well-being. Aids in the formation of mother’s milk.

Deficiency can result in: Atherosclerosis, confusion, convulsions, eye problems, hearing problems, heart disorders, high cholesterol levels, irritability, memory loss, profuse perspiration, rapid pulse, tooth-grinding, tremors, tendency towards breast ailments.

Selenium

Vital antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. Protects the immune system by preventing the formation of free radicals that can damage the body. Vital role in regulating the effects of thyroid hormone on fat metabolism.

One study found that men who took selenium daily over a ten year period had roughly half the risk of lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer as compared with men who did not take selenium.

Principle function is to inhibit the oxidation of fats. Supports healthy functioning of cell membranes and pancreatic function. Works with Vitamin E as a very powerful antioxidant.

Has shown promise in the treatment of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, male infertility, cataracts, AIDS, and high blood pressure.

Deficiency can result in: Heart disease, cancer, exhaustion, growth impairment, high cholesterol levels, infections, liver impairment, sterility, poor growth, dry flaky scalp, muscular weakness and discomfort, and skin problems.

Potassium

Needed for healthy functioning of nervous system (communication between the brain, spinal cord, and nerves with the rest of the body).  Supports the normal function of the heart, muscles, kidneys and blood.  Important for regular heart rhythm.  Helps prevent strokes.  Aids in proper muscle contraction.  Works with sodium to control the body’s water balance.  Important for stable blood pressure.

Deficiency can result in:  Dry skin, acne, chills, cognitive impairment, constipation, depression, diminished reflex function, fluctuations in heart beat, glucose intolerance, Low blood pressure, periodic headaches, muscular weakness, irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and irritability.

NOTE:  Diuretics or laxatives disrupt potassium levels.  Tobacco and caffeine reduce potassium absorption.

Para-Aminobensoic Acid (PABA)

Protects against sunburn and skin cancer and delays wrinkles. Assists in the formation of red blood cells. Aids in the maintenance of healthy intestinal flora. May restore gray hair to its original color. Protects against secondhand smoke, ozone, and other air pollutants.

Reduces inflammation in arthritis.

Sulfa drugs (such as antibiotics) may cause a deficiency of PABA.

Inositol

Vital for hair growth, creates calming effect, helps reduce cholesterol levels.

Helps prevent hardening of the arteries. Important in the metabolism of fat and cholesterol.
Deficiency can result in: arteriosclerosis, constipation, hair loss, high blood cholesterol, irritability, mood swings, and skin eruptions.

Consumption of large amounts of caffeine may cause a shortage of Inositol.

Research has shown that Inositol may help in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.

Folic Acid

Required for production of red blood cells, therefore enhances the immune system. Considered a brain food. Prevents dizziness and memory problems, depression and apathy. Needed for energy production.

Strengthens immunity by aiding in the proper formation and functioning of white blood cells. May be the most important nutrient in regulation of homocysteine.

May prevent graying hair.

Cooking, oral contraceptives and alcohol destroy or inhibit folic acid.

Studies have shown that a daily intake of folic acid in early pregnancy may prevent the vast majority of neural tube defects as well as premature birth. To be effective this regimen must begin before conception.

Biotin

Maintains healthy skin, hair, sweat glands and bone marrow. May prevent hair loss in men. Breaks down protein, carbohydrates and fats. Helps relieve muscle pain.

Antibiotics, sulfa drugs, and artificial sweeteners either deplete or threaten the availability of biotin.

Choline

Needed for proper transmission of nerve impulses from the brain. Without Choline, brain function and memory are impaired.

Regulates gall bladder (proper digestion) and healthy liver function. Aids in fat and cholesterol metabolism. Plays an important role in cardiovascular health by regulating blood pressure.

Vitamin A

Prevents skin disorders, such as acne, wrinkling and age spots. Enhances the immune system – protects against colds, flu, and infections to kidney, bladder, and lungs. Maintains and repairs the mucous membranes (all tissue that interacts with air, such as lungs, throat, eyes, etc).

Vitamin B Complex

Enhances memory, concentration, judgment, learning capacity and prevents mental deterioration. Helps maintain health of the nerves – anti-stress. Plays important role in healthy sex hormones and fertility. Necessary for healthy sleep patterns. Converts carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy. Enhances stamina. Helps in fighting infections. Alleviates eye fatigue, helps ward off cataracts. Lowers cholesterol and improves circulation.

Vitamin C

This antioxidant protects against the harmful effects of pollution, helps to prevent cancer, protects against
infection and enhances immunity. May reduce levels of “bad cholesterol” while increasing levels of “good cholesterol.” Protects against bruising. Promotes the healing of wounds and burns. Helps maintain growth of teeth, bones, gums, ligaments, and blood vessels. Aids in the production of anti-stress hormones. Required for at least 300 metabolic functions in the body. Works together with Vitamin E and beta-carotene to create an even more potent antioxidant effect. Needs to be taken into the body at least twice daily.

Vitamin D

Supports bone and tooth formation, muscle function, and thyroid gland function. Necessary for the absorption and use of calcium and phosphorus. Especially important for the growth and development of bones and teeth in children. Involved in regulation of the heartbeat. Important in the prevention and treatment of breast and colon cancer, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and hypoglycemia. Enhances immunity. Some cholesterol-lowering drugs, antacids, and steroid hormones interfere with Vitamin D absorption.

Vitamin E

An antioxidant that is important in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Retards aging. Improves circulation. Necessary for tissue repair. Aids in prevention of PMS. Reduces scarring from wounds. Reduces blood pressure. Aids in preventing cataracts. Promotes healthy skin and hair. Protects against approximately eighty (80) diseases. Long-term use has been proven to reduce prostate cancer risk in smokers. Aids in tissue healing. Essential for normal cell structure. Involved in the formation of red blood cells. Protects the lungs against injury from air pollution and helps preserve tissues.

Molybdenum

Converts the air we breathe into something usable by the body. Supports bone growth and strengthening of the teeth.

Phosphorous

Is needed for blood clotting, tooth formation, cell growth and repair, contraction of the heart muscle, normal heart rhythm, and kidney function. Assists the body in utilization of vitamins and the conversion of food to energy.

Silicon

Used for bone formation. Supports the skin, hair, nails, blood vessels and connective tissue. Needed to maintain flexible arteries. Plays a major role in preventing cardiovascular disease. Important in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis. Stimulates the immune system and inhibits the aging process in tissues.

Calcium

Needed for bone and tooth formation, blood clotting, heart rhythm, nerve transmission, muscle growth and contraction. Deficiency can result in muscle cramps, irritability, insomnia and osteoporosis – bones lose their normal density and strength.

Chromium

Helps to maintain proper blood sugar levels and healthy functioning of the circulatory system.

Copper

Needed for bone formation, hair and skin color, healing processes, red blood cell production, mental and emotional processes. Deficiency can result in anemia, inflammation and arthritis.

Iron

Supports growth and development in youth. Is needed to produce hemoglobin. Supports a healthy immune system. Deficiency can result in: Iron deficiency anemia, fatigue, irritability, headache, shortness of breath, intolerance to cold, increased vulnerability to infections.

Magnesium

This antioxidant protects against the harmful effects of pollution, helps to prevent cancer, protects against infection and enhances immunity. May reduce levels of “bad cholesterol” while increasing levels of “good cholesterol”. Protects against bruising. Promotes the healing of wounds and burns. Helps maintain growth of teeth, bones, gums, ligaments, and blood vessels. Aids in the production of anti-stress hormones.