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A Guide to Taking Vitamins
A Guide to Taking Vitamins

We all want to be healthy. There have been a bunch of threads on the subject over the years. Though this thread is for me to explain it in my own words. In this guide I'm going to explain the effects vitamins have on us. Let's get started!

Getting Started

What Are Vitamins?
Your body need nutrients and vitamins to function properly. Therefore, you need to eat a healthy balanced diet. Many of us don't get to eat the right foods everyday. That's where multivitamins come in. Multivitamins are a combination of different vitamins found in food to give you the nutrients your body needs.

What Can Vitamins Do for You?

Vitamins and other dietary supplements are not intended to be a food substitute. They cannot replace all of the nutrients and benefits of whole foods. It's always better to get your nutrients from food but if you have trouble doing so you can use multivitamins to make sure that you are getting enough.

|| Support Healthy Aging || 

As you get older, your body has a harder time absorbing nutrients from food. At the same time, your nutritional needs increase.

|| Boost Energy Levels || 

Several studies have demonstrated that taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement is associated with increased energy levels.

|| Detoxify Your Body || 

The robust levels of minerals, antioxidants and B-complex vitamins present in a high-quality daily multivitamin help clear toxins from the body, facilitate enzymatic reactions required for detoxification, and keep the liver and other organs in tip-top shape.

|| Maintain Muscle Strength || 

Many of the problems with muscle aging are associated with free radical damage, and an antioxidant-rich daily multivitamin can help keep free radicals in check. Vitamin D has also been shown to improve muscle strength in older people.

|| Prevent Falls || 

Numerous studies have found that a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement — particularly one with therapeutic dosages of vitamin D (at least 1,000 IU) and calcium (1,000 mg)—can improve balance and reduce risk of falls.

|| Prevent Asthma and Allergies || 

People with asthma and those prone to allergies often have depleted levels of vitamin C, zinc, selenium and magnesium.

|| Prevent Diabetes Complications || 

Diabetes is a nutritionally-wasting condition, putting those who have it at dramatically increased risk of other problems (or complications)—especially ones that affect the eyes, nerves, blood vessels, kidneys and extremities. The best way to prevent these complications is by taking a potent, daily multivitamin and mineral supplement.

|| Boost Mood || 

Many studies have found that a daily multivitamin has positive effects on mood and emotional well-being.

|| Manage Anxiety || 

Along with boosting mood, research has shown that a daily multivitamin—particularly one containing therapeutic dosages of B-complex vitamins—can help reduce anxiety.

|| Enhance Weight Loss || 

A randomized, double-blind study of obese women found that those taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement lost an average of 7.9 pounds, compared to 2 pounds for those taking calcium and half a pound in the placebo group.

|| Prevent Dental Problems || 

Vitamin C plays a key role in the prevention of gum disease, as it helps maintain the integrity of the supporting structures of the oral tissues. Other antioxidants, including vitamins A and E as well as selenium, have also been shown to improve the health of the gums. Perhaps even more important is zinc. This mineral stabilizes cellular membranes and inhibits plaque growth. Deficiencies in both zinc and vitamin A are also common in patients with periodontal disease.

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