Vitamins and Minerals: A Self-Help Guide – Ebook
By Dr. James Sinclair and Audrey Wilson PhD
The A – Z of vitamins and minerals, what they do, how they help, overdosage issues, recommended dosage levels, interaction with drugs and where they can be found in food sources. There is also information on measurement of dosages, regulations and deficiency issues.
This handy little 80 page e-book provides a simple overview of the common vitamins and minerals available to help you supplement your diet when appropriate.
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We all probably have some knowledge of vitamins and minerals, what they are and what they do. Most of us would agree that vitamins are, in general, good for us. It’s surprising, therefore, and rather alarming, to read the results of a recent government survey containing the following facts:
- Over 40% of the population consumes a diet containing only 60% of the recommended daily intake for 10 of the key vitamins.
- 50% of respondents were deficient in vitamin B6.
- 42% of respondents did not consume sufficient calcium.
- 39% of respondents had insufficient iron intake.
- 25-39 % of respondents did not obtain enough vitamin C.
The body’s ability to adapt is amazing, but, over time, continually not getting enough vitamins and minerals can take a toll on the body one way or the other. Aside from possible diseases and ailments, you may be feeling generally run down, lacking energy to fully enjoy life.
Recent evidence has shown many life-threatening conditions that can be improved or avoided by vitamin consumption:
High doses of vitamin D produce a lower incidence of breast cancer;
Folic acid and vitamin B6 have been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer;
Zinc and selenium mineral supplement users have fewer respiratory and urogenital infections;
Long term use of multivitamins and folic acid may reduce the risk of colon cancer;
The use of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D daily lowered the incidence of fractures by 20%;
Vitamin E has been shown to slow the rate of progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
The body of evidence linking vitamins to good health continues to grow, and there are many anecdotal accounts of success stories related to good nutrition.
You may need extra vitamin and mineral supplements for a wide variety of reasons, such as attempting to prevent an illness or ailment, to feel better, the reasons are too many to list and it is your right to be proactive in this aspect of nutrition.
Consequently, the information in this book can help you understand some of the reasons for taking supplements or ensuring a sound diet. We have included basic information on:
- how each vitamin and mineral and how they can help,
- where they can be found naturally,
- possible drug interactions you should know about and the recommended daily dosages
- a summary table pinpointing the suggested cautionary maximum amount you should take in a day.
- and a whole lot more…
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