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Sharon asks…

What is Vitamin D?

Usually Vitamin D is added to the milk. What is the origin of this Vitamin D?

vti answers:

Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol): Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps maintain blood levels of calcium, by increasing absorption from food and reducing urinary calcium loss. Both functions help keep calcium in the body and therefore spare the calcium that is stored in bones. Vitamin D may also transfer calcium from the bone to the blood, which may actually weaken bones. Though the overall effect of vitamin D on the bones is complicated, some vitamin D is certainly necessary for healthy bones and teeth.

Vitamin D is also produced by the human body during exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the Sun. However, seasonal changes, latitude, time of day, cloud cover, smog and sunscreen can all affect UV exposure. Vitamin D deficiency is more common in northern latitudes, making Vitamin D supplementation more important for residents of those areas.

Vitamin D plays a role in immunity and blood cell formation and also helps cells differentiate—a process that may reduce the risk of cancer. From various other studies, researchers have hypothesized that vitamin D may protect people from multiple sclerosis, autoimmune arthritis, and juvenile diabetes. Vitamin D is also necessary to maintain adequate blood levels of insulin. Vitamin D receptors have been found in the pancreas, and some evidence suggests that supplements may increase insulin secretion for some people with adult-onset diabetes.

Carol asks…

vitamins for arthritis pain?

What arthritis vitamins are not good for the liver?

vti answers:

Vitamins for arthitis

Vitamin B5 – B5 specifically, are best for reducing swelling on parts.

Vitamin B3 this reduces tissue swelling and dilates small arteries, increasing blood flow

Vitamin B6 – reduces tissue swelling.

Vitamin B12 – helps with cell formation, digestion, myelin production, nerve protection.

Vitamin C – This vitamin acts as an anti-inflammatory, relieving pain, and rids the body of free radicals.

Vitamin E – This is a strong antioxidant that protects joints from free radicals while increases joint flexibility.

Vitamin K – This vitamin assists with mineral deposit into the bone matrix.

Laura asks…

Vitamin E or vitamin A?

Okay so I was wondering what vitamin e and vitamin a do to you. Does vitamin e make your hair and skin more healthy? I want to buy Vitamin E gummies but I need to know which one I should get to make the dark circles under my eyes go away. Or less noticeable. And to make my hair and skin more healthy. Please help?

vti answers:

Vitamin e makes the skin more radiant and hydrated. Vitamin a helps with anti-aging and more internal skin problems. I would take vitamin a for the dark circles. But for hair, take the vitamin e. Fish oil also helps the appearance of skin and hair.

Susan asks…

help with vitamins..?

Would it be bad to take a One a Day Teen Vitamin along with a fish oil vitamin??

vti answers:

Vitamins are usually for elderly who cannot take in their vitamins in any other ways. As a youth, use your healthy body as an advantage and eat right. Half the vitamins you’ll find just by eating normally.

Paul asks…

what is each function of vitamins?

vitamin A
vitamin B
Vitamin C
vitamin B2
vitamin B3

vti answers:

Vitamin A

* Function: vision, cell maintenance, immune system, antioxidant (helps prevent cancer?)
* Source:
o beta carotene (Vitamin A precursor) in green leafy vegetables and fruits
o liver
* Heat and light sensitive
* If absent, results in Blindness, night blindness, stunted growth, dry skin, dry hair, susceptability to infection
o Diets in developing countries often lack fresh vegetables (mostly rice)
o 250 million children have Vitamin A deficiency
o 500,000 children become blind each year from Vitamin A deficiency
+ Half of these children die within a year of becoming blind
o Biotechnology: used to genetically engineer “Golden Rice”
+ Contains beta carotene (a yellow pigment)
* If in excess, causes headache, arthritic pain, vomiting, diarrhea, yellowing skin

Vitamin C

* Function: immune system, iron absorption, collagen formation
* Source: citrus fruits and other fresh fruits and vegetables
* Heat sensitive
* Used as an antioxidant in foods
* If absent, results in Scurvy — low immune response, bleeding gums
o Historically a problem onboard ships with no fresh fruits, vegetables
o British took limes onboard ship to combat scurvy: called “limeys”

Riboflavin: Vitamin B2

* Function: energy production in cells
* Source: meat, liver, milk, green vegetables, enriched grains
* Sensitive to light and heat
* If absent, results in skin disorders and anemia

Thiamin: Vitamin B1

* Function: energy production in cells
* Source: meat (pork, liver) whole and enriched grains
* Sensitive to heat: Can lose 10-20% during “normal” processing
* If absent, results in Beriberi — muscle weakness and paralysis
o Beriberi was a problem in the past for people eating unenriched polished rice

Niacin: Vitamin B3

* Function: energy metabolism in cells
* Source: milk, meat, enriched grains
* If absent, results in Pellagra — skin disorders, mental illness, and diarrhea
o Maize has no niacin

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