New Research Studies for Vitamins

Overview of all Vitamins

Vitamins are essential organic catalytic substances, one that is essential to life and growth. To be a vitamin it also must be shown to be necessary for maintaining proper body and reproductive health. Vitamins act as ignition sparks which furnish us no fuel, but keeps our fuel system burning in a particular organized way. Vitamins come from our food. The fat soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K, and the water soluble vitamins are B and C.

Vegetable Platter

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source delivancouver.com

Water Soluble Vitamin

As a brief overview, the fat soluble vitamins are stored in fatty tissue in the body and have the potential for toxicity. They are absorbed in the intestines and require protein to carry them along in the blood and are not easily excreted. They are destroyed by free radicals. Fortunately, water soluble vitamins neutralize free radicals because too many free radicals in the body cause illness.

The water soluble vitamins C, and the separate B vitamins {choline, inositol, PABA, biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid(B5), pyridoxine(B6), thiamin (B1), and niacin (B3)}, travel unattached through the lymph and blood systems and are easily flushed out in the urine so they won’t cause toxicity. Natural and synthetic vitamins have the same chemical composition but can differ in color and molecular structure.

Natural vitamins will typically be more effective. There is a lot of new research being conducted on vitamins which has resulted in better health for many people.The American diet for many people does not always meet your required supply of each vitamin, particularly if you don’t take a multiple vitamin.

Good Food Source- Carrots

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source world community cookbook

Vitamin A Studies

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and we typically don't need supplements.

  • ATRA (All-trans-Retinoic Acid) is a derivative of Vitamin A (retinol) which has been found to be effective in treating various tumor cell lines. Retinoids are members of a group of molecules that are structurally related to Vitamin A’s retinol which play an important role in treating acute promyelocytic leukemia, revolutionizing the disease treatment with this new type of therapy.
  • Vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of eye disease in the developing world. Researchers at Cornell University have developed a simple, cost effective method of cultivating maize rich in Vitamin A to combat deficiency problems.

Good food sources: Orange vegetables and fruits, walnuts, liver, eggs,

Good Food Source - Bananas

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source telegraph.uk

Vitamin B Studies

This vitamin is a bit more complex as there several components to Vitamin B and we will cover the newest research.

  • Vitamin B6: This is required for synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine and for myelin formation. Deficiency in adults primarily affect the peripheral nerves, skin, mucous membranes and the blood cell system and for children the central nervous system. Mild deficiencies are common, but it is used to treat Hereditary Sideroblastic Anemic, Neuritis, seizure prevention in newborns, childhood asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, heart disease, depression, immune system functions, kidney stones along with magnesium, some evidence of PMS treatment. Research is being done on ADHD, Autism and cancer prevention. This huge list of uses is astounding when adequate B6 should be available in most any diet.

Pernicious anemia has been treated with B12 for many years, as this is a condition where you are unable to absorb B12 through your diet.

  • There are studies in Alzheimer’s disease as some patients have been found to have very low levels of B12 in their blood.
  • Another area of research is for people having angioplasty as studies have shown that B12 plus folic acid helps prevent re-stenosis.
  • Johns Hopkins Researchers have reported that women with breast cancer tend to have lower vitamin B12 levels in their blood serum than do women without breast cancer.
  • Fatigue is now being treated with Vitamin B12 injections given twice weekly in another trial.
  • Another study is treating high cholesterol with B12 in combination with fish oil.
  • Sickle Cell Anemia is being tested with a combination of folic acid, B12 and B6. This is very affordable as a treatment and may reduce the patient’s inherently high risk of endothelial damage but the research is incomplete at this time.

Good food sources: banana, potato, lentils, chile peppers, beans, brewers yeast

Good food source - Citrus Fruits

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source caes.uga

Vitamin C Studies

Vitamin C: This is another water soluble vitamin. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the integrity of bone, connective tissue growth and healing, plus teeth. It is also an antioxidant that strengthens the immune system. It must be taken daily as your body does not store Vitamin C. Deficiencies can cause scurvy, bleeding gums, decreased wound healing, nosebleeds, weakened tooth enamel, swollen and painful joints, easy bruising and dry splitting hair.

  • Researchers at the University of Leicester report they have demonstrated that vitamin C may improve wound healing and protect you from the DNA damage of skin cells.

Good food sources: Citrus fruit, sweet potato, tomato, white beans, yogurt

Good Food Source - Milk

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Vitamin D Studies

Vitamin D is another fat soluble vitamin that you can get from being in the sun or from food.

  • Deficiency in Vitamin D may contribute to higher heart and stroke deaths, particularly among the black population reported in a study from University of Rochester Medical Center. Lactose intolerance is one reason people are sometimes deficient in Vitamin D. You can get Vitamin D through diet, Vitamin pills (calcium and Vitamin D pills are common as they work together in the body) and from the sun.
  • Jo Ellen Welsh, a researcher at the State University of New York in Albany has studied Vitamin D for 25 years and she is treating human breast cancer cells with potent vitamin D with good results.
  • Another area now under study is ovarian cancer with studies showing that Vitamin D may help guard against the risk of ovarian cancer or the risk of dying from ovarian cancer. The American Journal of Obstretrics & Gynecology, March, 2010, report that studies are far from complete at this time.
  • Babies are also found to need Vitamin D supplement which requires just a few drops. Even breast fed babies while the milk is found to be perfect in every way need vitamin D supplements because the mothers were often deficient in vitamin D.
  • At Henry Ford Hospital a study has shown that there is a link between low vitamin D levels and basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of skin cancer.

Good Food Sources: The sun, pure cod liver oil, salmon, tuna, mackerel, milk

Good Food Souce - Almonds

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source free photos biz

Vitamin E Studies

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and toxicity can occur.

  • A study at John Hopkins University reports that high dose vitamin E supplements in excess of 400 IU is associated with a higher overall risk of dying.
  • There is a study that reports vitamin E may help reverse male pattern baldness. There are 8 forms of vitamin E and this study used tocotrienol which is a small portion of the vitamin.
  • This same portion of vitamin E was found in another study in Columbus, Ohio to prevent nerve cells from dying after a stroke. This study appears in the Journal of Neurochemistry.

Good Food Sources: almonds, wheat germ, sunflower, corn or soybean oil, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, peanuts


Good Good Source - Califlower

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source bigoven.com

Vitamin K Studies

This is also a fat soluble vitamin we don’t hear much about. It is very important in the coagulation of blood.

  • There is a vitamin K2 portion that may reduce the risk of prostate cancer in a study performed in Germany. The same researchers reported potential health benefits of vitamin K for bone and blood health.

Good Food Sources: Cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, spinach

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Great hub, chock full of information. There is so much out there about this subject, that it is hard to know where to turn.


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

This is an interesting and info-filled article. Thanks.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

There's a lot of information in your hub. I'll have to save it for resorce information.

I also remember vitamin D used to be derived from sunshine. At least they called it sunshine vitamin D


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a very comprehensive and informative hub.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

This was a very well written and informative hub.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Excellent hub, I like learned a lot from reading your post, understand the rolls that vitamins play in our body. Thank you


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

To all of you, I thank you for your comments. You are right Tom, I mentioned that in the top of the Vitamin D section of the hub.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

I will have to book mark this one; very good information thank you


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Wow... I had no idea about Vitamin K in relation to prostate issues; that's interesting! Great hub!!


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katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Great hub, Pamela, and right on target.

Pictures are a big bonus


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Coolmon, Carolina and Katzzz, Thank your so much for your comments.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Awesome hubs you are doing these days girl.... even old Quill is doing the "D" thing here... smiles...

Blessings


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Quill, Thanks for the comment. I have been pushing it a little hard until the end of the contest but Sun. we are leaving for a 4 day cruise. So we are looking forward to being on the sea.


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JannyC 6 years ago

Very good run down on each vitimin. Really informative bookmarking this. I need to get more vitimins in me!


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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Great Hub! Vitamins and minerals are extremely important in good health. We1l written and very informative. Up-rated


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Janny & Jack, Thank you both for your kind comments.


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas

Very informative hub. You did your homework on this one.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Smireles, Thank you so much for your comment.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I cant believe I miss this one, very informative, Maita


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Miata, Thanks again for your comment.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Very informative hub. It is extremely important to know which foods provide the nutrients we need. Thanks!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, Thanks so much for your comments. I know I have learned a lot just doing the research on these various topics.


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Amez 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Well I'm going to eat alot more Califlower, now that you shared this excellent Information on what some of these Foods Vitamins can help reduce, I love to read this kind of research, you have done a great job, and have enlightened me to a few new food groups. I love Carrots, I emulsify

fresh carrots with Fresh cranberrys to reduce the joint imflemation which brings the discomfort way down, The Cranberry Juice picks up the wax in the Carrots and carries it to the joints that have had their sac lining ruptured which cause friction and heat that distort the joint in arteritis. Just thought I share one I knew. Ed


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midnightbliss 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

vitamins are needed to keep our body healthy, nice information on the common vitamins and their food sources.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Midnightbliss, Thank you for your comments.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States

Great hub with lots of information. I bookmarked it so I can look back at it again when I want to remember some of this, as I have looked up this info before!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Angela, Thank you for your comment and I am glad you found this hub so useful.


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haaris_1 6 years ago

Vitamins are really very important. Very nice and informative hub.... Thanks for sharing.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Haasir, Thank you for your comment.


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Hub Llama 6 years ago from Denver, CO

Interesting hub. I always wonder if it is possible to actually get the recommended amount just by eating NORMAL amounts of foods. Sure, one carrot gives you all the vitamin A you need, but are you going to eat a carrot every single day? If not, what do you have to eat. And, that is for just one vitamin!

Thanks for the info. It's nice to have it all pulled together in one place.


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screation 6 years ago

We all know that vitamins are very important if want to stay healthy. We need vitamins in very small proportions to let our body grow and function in the right way.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Guide: http://hubpages.com/health/Vitamin-and-Mineral-Sup...


Dental Jobs 6 years ago

Hi Pamela - what a great article, I hope you don't mind but if its OK with you I will send a link to this article to all our job seekers and clients in our weekly news letter, I think may of them will find it very interesting - Cheers


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TINA V 6 years ago

You have shared a lot of information to your readers. Milk is really a good source of calcium and vegetables for fiber. This is another good hub. Have a great week!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

I just arrived back in town and want to thank everyone for their comments. Hub Llama, I think you get lots of vitamins for lots of sources so if you try to eat somewhat balanced meals you will probably get enough vitamins, especially

Vitamin A (I just used carrots as a good example) as it is fat soluble. Moderation and make good choices seems to be the key.


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rebu 6 years ago from Coorg,India

nice hub...thnx for sharing...


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Rebu Thanks for your comment.


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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

Wow! This is an outstanding hub, great job. I can tell s lot of research went into this. Very informative hub you have here, thank you so much for sharing such important information.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

rpalulis, thank you so much for your compliment and I'm glad you found some good information that I hope will be useful. Thanks for the comment.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

I agree with you , vitamins have big role in our health.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

ImChemist, Thanks for your comment.


DePuy Pinnacle Recall 5 years ago

This hub is quite informational. I might try some vitamin supplements because I have had a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant and some sources say that there is a possibility of a recall for the said product.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

DePuy Pinnacle Recall, I certainly hope that does not happen to you. I find my health is better since I started taking more vitamins. Thank you for your comments.


girlie78 5 years ago

Hey Pamela!

Thanks for this article about vitamins. As a busy medical graduate, its so hard to get the proper nutritional requirements with my hectic schedule. Nice to know the sources of these vitamins as well as what would happen if there was a deficiency of these vitamins in the body. Thanks for sharing!


Kelly Crawford 5 years ago

I need to take in B12 supplements but I'm confused which one to buy. I came across this site: http://products.mercola.com/vitamin-b12-spray/ Has anyone tried it? Or can anyone suggest some vitamin B12 supplements?


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Kelly, I think any name product would be okay for B12. The point of the spray as I am assuming you spray it under your tongue is that it is absorbed by your directly body without going through your colon where much of it can be destroyed. A doctor can also write you a prescription and you can give yourself injections if you are comfortable doing that. I think Dr. Mercola probably carries a good product but I can't endorse anyone as I have not had any personal experience with him. I appreciate your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

I'm glad the hub was helpful and I appreciate your comments.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Just read this, and I am a huge fan of eating healthfully and taking necessary vitamins and supplements. I have written many articles on health related issues....Basing a diet on produce all year long is the way to go. The main thing is that you feel better with a diet sugar, white flour and processed food free...Well occasionally a little treat. I enjoyed reading this and nothing has changed in this department in 4 years. Pinning.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Carol, I do better in the summer and autumn sticking to this diet as more fresh vegetables are available. I do try to keep the "whites" (flour & sugar) to a minimum. Thanks so much for your comments and the share.

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