Vitamins are natural substances found in plants and animals and known as Essential nutrients for human beings. The name vitamin is obtained from "vital amines" as it was originally thought that these substances were all amines. Human body uses these substances to stay healthy and support its many functions. There are two types of vitamins: water-soluble and fat-soluble.
The body needs vitamins to stay healthy and a varied diet usually gives you all the vitamins you need. Vitamins do not provide energy (calories) directly, but they do help regulate energy-producing processes. With the exception of vitamin D and K, vitamins cannot be synthesized by the human body and must be obtained from the diet. Vitamins have to come from food because they are not manufactured or formed by the body.
There are 13 essential vitamins and each one has a special role to play within the body, helping to regulate the processes such as cell growth and repair, reproduction and digestion. Vitamin B-6, Niacin, Natural Vitamin E and Zinc: Support sexual function in men.
Tips for Taking Vitamins and Minerals
Check with your doctor first. He may want to see what your food diet is like, so take that along. Knowing your health and your diet he can then decide on what vitamins and minerals you may need, or do not need.
Purchase your supplements from reputable suppliers and sources.
Depending on what your doctor has directed, purchase vitamins and minerals in levels of not more than 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance, the RDA.
Take them with food, mealtime being a good time. This will help avoid digestion problems.
When a vitamin causes any problem, stop it immediately, and discuss it with your doctor. Remember that vitamins can cause reactions that are not harmful. Niacin, for example, can cause a flush, that is not harmful. However, do not risk problems from vitamins and minerals and discuss them with your doctor. You are planning to improve your health and not harm it.
Remember that you can obtain all these nutrients from food, thus food is the best option for daily gaining all nutrients. And the body will accept, digest, and use those from food better, and with little or no unwanted reactions. Your doctor or drugstore can supply you with a healthy food diet.
Keep in mind that there are those with special needs: athletes, children, older people, and some medical or health conditions. If you are one of these you do want your doctor to provide you with what you need, and in what dosage. Tips for Taking Vitamins and Maintaining Good Digestion
Always take vitamins with food. Digestive enzymes, which aid in nutrient absorption, are stimulated when you eat.
Limit fluids with meals to improve digestion. Be especially careful to avoid cold or iced drinks while eating.
If possible, use liquid and/or sublingual vitamins because they are the most easily assimilated by the body. Capsules are the next best choice.
If vitamin capsules cannot be swallowed, open up the capsule and mix the contents with juice or yogurt.
If you are taking a daily multivitamin and you want to start taking specific vitamins for your eyes, continue to take the daily multiple as well as specific eye vitamins.
A small amount of apple cider vinegar, taken just prior to a meal, will stimulate the production of digestive juices.
If you taking antibiotics, take acidophilus supplements between dosages. Probiotics will help build up the good bacteria in the digestive tract destroyed by the antibiotics. It is especially important for elderly patients to take acidophilus on a regular basis.
Vitamin A and lutein compete for absorption, so be sure to take them separately.
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