Get Something Free… Radicals The Saga of Vitamins A, C and E

The same oxygen you need to stay alive and to burn food for energy makes you oxidize just as fast as a rusty fender on the old jalopy in the back yard…or maybe in the driveway if your surname is…

Vitamin C and Mood

For a long time, emotions and logical thought have been portrayed as competing processes, with emotions depicted as obstacles to effective decision making. On the other hand, emotions and cognitions…

Supplement Actions & Interactions

The potential for vitamin toxicity is real. Most Americans believe that vitamins and other supplements are safe. That’s true if they are used correctly. Too many people still think that if one is…

Mineral Balance: Copper-Zinc

The last mineral topic we covered dealt with sodium and potassium. Important stuff, this mineral balance. Recall that the amounts of minerals needed by the body are not an indication of their…

Mineral Balance: Sodium-Potassium

Like children on a see-saw, some minerals work to balance each other in the body. Almost everything in nature is about balance. In humans and animals it’s called homeostasis, which is the property of…

Vitamin C For Bone Health?

The human skeleton offers shape and protection to the body. It supplies a place for organs to attach or to be supported. It comprises 206 bones, the largest of which is the thigh (femur). It makes up…

Blood Pressure and Vitamin C

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood, and, if it stays elevated for a long time, can cause myriad health problems, including heart…

Special Vitamin K?

Many people think that vitamin K is used by the body only to clot blood after getting a cut. That’s true, but this nutrient is much more complicated than that. Because it’s fat-soluble, it requires…

B-Vitamins And Memory

Francis Bacon, who was a philosopher in the 16th century, said that, “Some books are to be tasted, others swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” The same principle can apply to the…

Thiamin—Vitamin B1

About half of thiamin is found in skeletal muscle. Beriberi, more common in the 19th century, is a thiamin deficiency disease caused by a diet of highly polished rice, where the thiamin-rich husk is…