Vitamins: Taking It On A Natural Way
It is not recommended to take vitamins supplement everyday. You can maximize the chance of getting these vitamins through a diet - fruits and vegetables, without having to worry of its side effects.
“Except for persons with special medical needs, there is no scientific basis for recommending the routine use of dietary supplements”
- Food & Drug Administration
Why are we taking vitamins? People see it a quick, convenient and inexpensive way to reduce our chance of getting sick or to improve one’s health.
A lack of certain vitamins can lead to fatigue, poor skin, teeth and bones, and in some cases of deficiency, can lead to a serious illness. But we’re not talking about a pill-form of vitamin here.
Pill-form has always its bad effect to our health.
I’ve done little research, that most people are fond of taking these popular vitamins for a daily supplement.
This is often associated with its powers to fight infections. Kids love the orange-flavoured chewable of this vitamin. This vitamin is water-soluble, meaning that if you take more than your body can use, excess is usually excreted without causing harm.
However, when taken in high dosage, there are also side-effects or adverse reaction like nausea and stomach cramps. Vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy that leads to the formation of brown spots on the skin, spongy gums and bleeding of mucous membranes.
In high-enough doses, vitamin C can cause kidney stones. Natural form of vitamin C however, is good for our immune system, protecting the body against stress.
Sources of Vitamin C:
citrus fruits, melon, strawberries, blackcurrants, green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, kiwi fruit, potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, red peppers, squash, mango, papaya, cauliflower, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries.
Vitamin A is also known as ‘retinol’, a name given in reference to the participation of this compound in the functions of the retina of the eye. This vitamin is important for reproduction, bone health, and immune function. The most popular form of vitamin A, calledbeta-carotene, also prevents diseases including cancers, when taken into diet. If taken into pill and you overdosed, this vitamin will make a person develop liver fibrosis. High-vitamin A food can preserve your eyesight and helps you fight viral infections.
Sources of Vitamin A: For Retinol, meat, eggs, oily fish, liver, milk, cheese, kidney. For Carotenoids - carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, cantaloupe melon, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin and all other green and orange fruits and vegetables.
Don’t you love the glow of your skin? Because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from harmful ultraviolet light, pollution, drugs and other elements that produce a cell damaging free radicals. This vitamin is a key player to cell communication and immune function. This is best obtained through a diet and not on a pill. The benefits of vitamin e for the overall good health of individuals are substantial.
Sources of Vitamin E: vegetable oils such as canola, palm, sunflower, olive and soybean. Also found in nuts, seeds, wheat germ, spinach, green leafy vegetables, asparagus and cereals.
Vitamins are really good for our health that is when only taken through a diet. If taken into pill, it seems to do just the opposite. Over-dosage of vitamin-pill has always its bad results. It is better to look for vitamins in natural way, through fruits, vegetables, grains, or dairy products. Remember, vitamins lose its main benefits when taken in excess.
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