Vitamins

vitaminAre you concerned about anti-aging, weight loss, joint comfort, heart health, immune system strength or younger-looking skin? Whatever the health issue, we likely have something that can help. Have you heard about a supplement on Oprah or read about one in Prevention? No doubt we have that, too. You'll find Alpha Lipoic Acid, Carnosine, Chlorella, Cinnamon, Coconut Oil, CoQ10, Glucosamine, Hoodia, Krill Oil, Pomegranate, and Whey Powder, just to mention a few.

The late 1800's in East Asia, a sickness called Beriberi was rampant. At that time, polished white rice was the common staple food of the middle and lower classes.

In 1884, Takaki Kanehiro, a British trained medical doctor of the Japanese Navy, observed that beriberi was endemic among low-ranking crew who often ate nothing but rice, but not among crews of Western navies and officers who consumed a Western-style diet.

A Dutch physician, Christann Eijkman about that time discovered substituting unpolished rice for polished rice would prevent thev1 terrible disease "beriberi".

In 1911, the Polish chemist, Casimir Funk discovered the actual substance in unpolished rice that prevented the disease. At that time it was categorized as an amine, (a nitrogen-containing compound). Funk realized that it was a substance vital to proper body function and named it "vital amine". It became known as Vitamin B for the illness, "beriberi" that it was discovered to cure.

In 1913, Vitamin A was added to the list as an essential requirement nutritional for health. Then in 1928, "C" became our third vitamin on the list. The main sources of critical nutrients for women at reproductive age are calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin A and carotenes.
Black Cohosh - May help control hot flashes during menopause. Middle-aged women at risk for heart disease received little benefit from taking vitamins C, E or beta carotene, researchers said. 

v2If you are a vegetarian you may need to take more Vitamin B and Vitamin B12.
Calcium intake can reduce your risk for osteoporosis. You should be consuming at least 1000 milligrams a day. When you take a calcium supplement make sure that it contains vitamin D which is needed to absorb calcium properly.

Vitamin D
is also a potent immune system modulator.

Magnesium can protect against heart disease, diabetes and colon cancer.

Vitamin K
is good for bone health.

Folacin (folic acid) for the production and maintenance of new cells. (Especially important for pregnant women or women that are thinking about getting pregnant.) It helps to prevent birth defects and has also been found to help lower the risk of colon and breast cancers.

Folate
and vitamin B12 work together to protect cognitive function.