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Vitamin E Deficiency-Are You at Risk?

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Vitamin E benefits many functions in the body. It is a powerful antioxidant whose main job is to protect cells from free radical damage. It also plays a role in supporting a healthy immune system. It is used to prevent and treat heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration, and cataracts, reduce oxidative stress, and improve cognitive function. Vitamin E deficiency is rare, except in those who are malnourished or who have mal- absorption conditions (celiac disease, cystic...

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Vitamin C Deficiency Symptoms

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Vitamin C health benefits include the production of the tissue that holds muscles and bones together, promotes wound healing; supports immune function and keeps gums healthy and since vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant it may reduce the risk of some cancers and prevent signs of aging. It also is helps your body absorb the iron from plant foods.  It is found to be helpful in the prevention of cataracts, macular degeneration, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and colds and...

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Vitamin A Health Benefits

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Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin which is stored in the liver. Found in animal foods and converted from beta-carotene in plant foods, vitamin A health benefits include: healthy vision, gene expression, reproduction, embryonic development, red blood cell production, and immune function. Deficiency is rare in Canada, but common in developing countries due to malnutrition. It causes night blindness, dry eyes and skin, and impaired growth. Drugs that deplete vitamin A...

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How Much Magnesium Do You Need?

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Magnesium is required for nerve and muscle function, formation of bones and teeth, synthesis of the antioxidant glutathione, cell membranes, and body temperature regulation; involved in energy production, numerous enzyme reactions, and synthesis of DNA and RNA. It is used by the body to prevent heart disease and in the treatment of high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, migraine headaches, and asthma. Although deficiency is uncommon, it...

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Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

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According to MICHAEL F. HOLICK, MD, PhD, arguably the world’s leading authority on vitamin D, about 50% of the population in Canada and the US are getting get too little vitamin D. This is true even in sunny climates, because of lack of sun exposure. Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphorus levels and promotes absorption of these minerals for growth of bones and teeth. It is also involved in insulin secretion, supports immune function and regulates blood pressure. It is...

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