The Most Important Supplement – Multi Vitamin

Multi vitamins are so common these days you wouldn’t even think of them as a supplement. A multi vitamin is defined in the dictionary as “a preparation intended to supplement a human diet with vitamins, minerals and other nutritional elements.” The US government categorizes multi vitamin under “food”, because it contains 3 or more vitamins or minerals but does not contain herbs, hormones, or drugs.

The multi vitamin can come in many forms such as tablets, capsules, packs, powders, liquids and even injections; however, injections can only be prescribed by a doctor. There are many different combinations and doses of vitamins and minerals and many of them exceed the 100% recommended daily allowance. Depending on your physical needs, many of the excess vitamins and minerals that cannot be digested are harmlessly excreted out of the body. There are a few that will not exceed the RDA such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Iron, and many of the trace elements because they are not easily depleted unless under extreme physical stress and could become toxic if too much is retained in the body. Because the body’s nutritional requirements will differ depending on your physical requirements and diet, most multi vitamins are formulated for specific groups of people such as men, woman, over the age of 50,prenatal, stress relief and athletic.

Most multi vitamins will include these standard nutrients:

Vitamin A– Vitamin A plays a role in several functions throughout the body such as vision, bone metabolism, skin health, immune function, antioxidant activity and reproduction. It is found in many foods but these particular foods contain large amounts; liver, sweet potato, carrots, broccoli, kale, butter, spinach and leafy vegetables. Deficiencies in Vitamin A can cause impaired vision, particularly in reduced light (night vision), impaired immunity and red bumps on the skin called Keratosis pilaris. Too much Vitamin A can be toxic so do not take more than 5000 UI per day for males and 4000 UI per day for females.

Vitamin C– Vitamin C helps keep your immune system strong and is a powerful antioxidant, helps reduce the risk of heart disease, plays a major role in collagen production and it helps the body recover faster from a hard workout. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits, vegetables and in animal products such as raw cow’s milk and liver. Deficiencies in Vitamin C is known to cause Scurvy, liver spots, feelings of depression, their skin looks pale, and are more susceptible to lung borne diseases.

Vitamin D– Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus and is necessary for thyroid function and bone growth. Vitamin D is naturally produced by the body when it’s exposed to sunlight however due to the negative effects of UV rays; many foods such as dairy products, oil, cereal and bread are now enriched with Vitamin D. You can also find Vitamin D in fatty fishes, eggs, and liver. Deficiencies in Vitamin D in children can cause Rickets, a growth deformity of the bones. In adults deficiencies can cause thinning of the bones (Osteomalacia) and reduced density of the bones (Osteoporosis). Vitamin D deficiencies have also been linked to diseases such as type 1 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.

Vitamin E– Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant and is important for a healthy immune system. Vitamin E is important for hard training athletes as their immune systems can be worn down and make them susceptible to health issues. Vitamin E can be found in foods such as whole grains, nuts, milk, eggs, asparagus, vegetable oils and avocados. There have been no known symptoms of deficiencies in Vitamin E.

Vitamin K– Vitamin K plays a key role in blood coagulation, bone metabolism, and the circulatory system. Vitamin K is found mainly in green leafy vegetables but can also be found in avocados and kiwifruit. There are usually no symptoms of deficiencies in adults; however, adults that suffer from liver damage, cystic fibrosis, who have recently had abdominal surgery, bulimics and certain drugs may inhibit the absorption of Vitamin K. Symptoms of deficiencies are anemia, bruising and nose bleeding. Vitamin K should be stored in the cupboard as it will lose its potency in sunlight.

B Vitamins– There are 8 distinctive vitamins that fall under B vitamins umbrella and are discussed in detail in my previous article “B Vitamins Play an Essential Role in Metabolism”. B Vitamins play a key role in increasing the rate of metabolism, maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone, enhancing immune system and nervous system functions and promoting cell growth. B Vitamins can be found in a variety of foods such as animal products, legumes, yeast, fish, seeds and whole grains. Deficiencies in B Vitamins can cause various symptoms such as weight loss, weakness of the limbs, depression, sensitivity to sunlight, diarrhea, insomnia, acne, water retention, and high blood pressure.

Calcium– Is the most abundant mineral in the human body, 99% of it is contained in the bones and teeth. Calcium plays a role in many biological functions such as muscle contraction and as a neurotransmitter between cells, but Calcium’s claim to fame is its role in bone development and sustaining bone density. Calcium can be found in many foods such as dairy products, nuts, sesame seeds, lentils, and eggs. Symptoms of Calcium deficiencies are Osteoporosis and Osteomalacia, thinning of the bones.

Potassium– Potassium is a mineral that can reduce hypertension, heart disease and stroke. Potassium also plays a role in neurotransmission, muscle contraction and heart function. Most fruits, vegetables and meats contain Potassium in low quantities, but orange juice, bananas, kiwi, potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, soybeans, brown rice, and garlic are rich in Potassium. Deficiencies of Potassium are rare but in severe cases of vomiting and diarrhea can lead to symptoms such as muscle weakness and cramps.

Zinc– Zinc is an essential metallic trace element which assists in many functions within the body. It is instrumental in immune response, brain function and plays a role in prostate gland health and reproductive organ growth. Zinc plays a major role in cellular metabolism as over 100 enzymes rely on zinc to be a catalyst in many chemical reactions. Zinc also helps DNA tell cells what to do such as hormone secretion and nerve impulses; which is important for growth and disease prevention. Zinc is found in red meat in high concentrations but it is also found in whole grains, beans, almonds, and various seeds. Deficiencies in Zinc can cause repressed growth, diarrhea, impotence and weakened immune system.

Magnesium– Magnesium is another metallic trace element that is essential for all cells in a living organism. Over 300 enzymes require Magnesium to be the catalyst in various chemical reactions including synthesis of ATP into energy. Magnesium also facilitates calcium absorption into the body. Magnesium is found in spices, nuts cereals, coffee, cocoa, tea and green leafy vegetables. Modern countries have inadvertently reduced the amount of Magnesium intake due to the food refining process and modern fertilizers; which do not contain Magnesium. Deficiencies in Magnesium do not usually show symptoms, however deficiencies have been associated with the development of certain illnesses such as asthma, osteoporosis and ADHD.

Chromium– Chromium is another metallic trace element that is required for the body’s production of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the body’s blood sugar levels. Chromium helps transport blood sugar from the bloodstream into the cells and is critical in the process of turning fats, carbs and proteins into energy. Good sources of Chromium are brewer’s yeast, meats, whole grains, nuts and cooking with stainless steel cookware. Symptoms of deficiencies in Chromium are rare; however, in severe cases it can cause weight loss, confusion and insulin resistance.

Manganese– Manganese is another metallic trace element that ensures healthy bones, bone metabolism and helps the body absorb Calcium. It is also involved in, insulin regulation, formation of connective tissues, thyroid regulation, collagen formation, metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and is a powerful antioxidant. Manganese can be found in many foods such as meats, nuts, garlic, green vegetables, brown rice, and raspberries. Deficiencies in Manganese are rare but can occur. Symptoms include bone malformation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and muscular contraction.

Iron– Iron is another metallic trace element that is essential for life. Iron is essential to the proteins that are involved in oxygen transport and for regulating cell growth and metabolism. Iron can be found in meats, cereal’s fortified with iron and cooking with iron cookware. Deficiencies in Iron cause a lack of oxygen to be delivered to the cells and therefore results in fatigue, restless sleep, lack of concentration and decreased immunity. Conversely, too much Iron in the body is very toxic and therefore many vitamins state on the bottle either “with Iron” or “without Iron”. Iron’s RDA for men are 10 mg and for women is 15mg a day, but for athletes, it could be as much as 25 mg a day.

Selenium– Selenium is another metallic trace element that is essential in the activation of glutathione peroxidases, a powerful antioxidant. Selenium is also required for the proper functioning of the thyroid. Selenium can be found in many foods such as nuts, fish, meats, eggs crab and lobster. There are no symptoms of deficiencies of Selenium however when supplemented it seems to have a positive effect on male infertility, cancer cells, and tuberculosis.

How is your diet and what are your physical needs? The majority of Americans do not eat a balanced diet to provide them with all the nutrients to fight off disease, keep bones healthy, protect the skin, cardiovascular health, give us energy and in general to keep us healthy. The proper amount of each nutrient is dependent on your physical needs. Choosing the right multi vitamin can be difficult but here are some things to consider when purchasing a multi vitamin.

Athletes– You will need a multi vitamin with higher overall content as many of them are depleted or excreted out of the body via sweating or urination. These vitamins are especially susceptible to being depleted, B vitamins for energy, potassium for muscle regulation, iron for proper oxygen transport and muscle growth, Vitamin C for proper immune system regulation and calcium for strong bones. If your body’s Calcium reserves are depleted your body will “steal” it from your bones and can lead to future skeletal diseases. Many vitamins will contain amino acids for muscle building and recovery and high levels of antioxidants to eliminate the free radicals produced by a strenuous workout.

Adults over 50– May want to take a multivitamin that is higher in Calcium and vitamin D for bone health and to prevent osteoporosis. B vitamins are important for energy and proper absorption of nutrients from food and as we age, our bodies are less able to absorb them. CoQ10 for heart health and energy and as we get older our production levels decreases. Vitamin K for bone health and its antioxidant properties have been shown to prohibit the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Lycopene to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and has been shown to have positive effects on prostate health.

Prenatal– Will have a higher concentration of B9 (Folic Acid) for proper brain, spine and skull formation in fetuses, calcium for proper bone formation and iron for the proper development of red blood cells. It will also have a reduced level of Vitamin A as it can cause health defects in fetuses.

Women– Need to have a multi vitamin higher in calcium for strong bones, as women usually do not get enough from their diet alone. Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) for overall health, preventing genetic diseases, and may also prevent cancer and heart disease. Women also need more Iron as women do not eat much meat and they lose a lot of iron every month through menstruation.

Men– Need Boron for prostate health, calcium for healthy bones, chromium to regulate blood sugar levels, Folic Acid for regulating blood flow and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, glucosamine for joint health, and the omegas to reduce blood pressure and for heart health.

Stress Relief– Will be loaded with B vitamins as they produce anti stress hormones and vitamin C to prevent stress related illness.

Conclusion Most multi vitamins should be taken in the morning with a meal as some of the nutrients may cause an upset stomach. Multi vitamins are fairly inexpensive unless they contain high levels of expensive nutrients such as Biotin ($4,000 per active pound!) or contain other nutrients that are condition specific such as bodybuilding. Multi vitamins are worth the price and it the single most important supplement you can take to stay healthy. Think of multi vitamins as insurance for your body. You may not feel much of a difference right away but over time, when you are healthy, you will be glad that you took them.

It’s Time to Buy Fish Oil Supplements – But How Do You Choose Between the Different Brands?

Finally you’re convinced that you need to buy fish oil supplements to add to your daily diet. You understand that the diet of the average American is now too low in the essential fatty acids DHA and EPA, otherwise known as the Omega 3 fatty acids, and that increasing your intake of the Omega3 fats has significant benefits for your health.

In fact the health benefits of increasing the amount of Omega 3 fats in your diet are so overwhelming that even the American Heart Association recommends that we do so.

So now you’re convinced about the health benefits of Omega 3 supplements, and you’ve decided to buy fish oil supplements for yourself, how do you go about choosing between all of the different brands available on the market?

Well of course you could just head down to the supermarket and find the cheapest brand of Omega 3 supplements.

But did you know that the amount of the active ingredients DHA and EPA varies widely between different brands, and that the best Omega 3 supplements can have 2 or even 3 times more of the Omega3 fats than some regular brands? And this means that if a regular brand is half the price of the best supplements, but has a 3rd of the active ingredients, it is actually costing you more.

And did you know that many fish are now contaminated with industrial toxins, and that supplements made from oil from these fish have also been found in the past to be contaminated?

Did you know that oil from fish, like other foods, can go off? In fact when it does so it is called “rancid” fish oil, and this oil, when used in Omega 3 capsules, can at best cause what is known as “fishy burps” and at worst be bad for you.

Perhaps now, if you’re getting interested to buy fish oil supplements for the sake of your health, you’re beginning to think you might need to spend a little time investigating a bit more about how to choose between the best Omega 3 supplements and the worst.

If you’d like to find out more about how to choose between the best and the worst Omega 3 supplements, so you can buy fish oil capsules that are both good value as well as provide optimum health benefits, visit my website.

Muscle Building Supplements – Why Some Work Crazy Well (Others You Would Have to Be Crazy to Take)

There are a lot of  supplements  on the market these days. You can just cruise through your local gym and probably see half a dozen different types just out of the corner of your eye. The hard part comes down to deciding what is right and necessary what is junk.

The good news is there are only a few time tested muscle building  supplements  out there and the rest you can just ignore for now until several more years have passed. The take away is of course the all mighty multi-vitamin, protein, fish oil, and creatine. Not a huge list I know.

The good news is the reduced list should do wonders for your wallet. Plus most of the “super amazing special”  supplements  haven’t really been time tested to work wonders yet so you can save on them.

You of course always want a multi-vitamin. Unless you are an eating nut there is no way the average person would be able to consume the amount of vitamins and nutrients you would need through a regular diet. Sure you can get close but this will help tip the scales in your favor.

So what is the deal with the rest? Well protein is definitely needed for muscle growth, if you do not know this maybe you should start talking to other people on nutrition before you start your workout. Most protein  supplements  are good for you, just avoid the extra delicious ones they tend to have too much fat and other crap in them. Fish oil has the all important omega-3’s which your body can not produce on its own.

The last one is creatine which will helps to support your muscles, I am not expert or a doctor. But I do know if you take creatine correctly it can help you lift more, achieve better gains and help prevent you from getting injuries.

Facts – Erectile Dysfunction Supplements

To state it simply, erectile dysfunction refers to the inability to get enough erection for a satisfying sexual intercourse. Around 90% men suffer from male ED at some or the other point in their lives. But, the fact remains that it is indeed very easy to treat erectile dysfunction. A lot many men go in for prescription, synthetic pills. But it generally comes with a host of side-effects. The best bet would be to go in for something completely natural as you do not have the fear of suffering from side-effects and you are assured permanent relief from the ailment. The reason for a surge in the popularity of such pills is that they contain ingredients that are known for their sheer effectiveness to cure Erectile Dysfunction. They are time-trusted remedies that have been used for centuries by people in ancient times to get rid of the sexual problem.

The most commonly preferred and superbly effective herbs would include Horny Goat Weed, Macuna pruriens, Gingko, L’arginine to mention a few. These herbs are known to increase the blood flow and improve blood circulation to the penile area. They also increase the testosterone level. Testosterone is a male sex hormone that is associated with increasing sexual prowess. Greater influx of blood towards the penile tissues will ensure better erection and intense orgasms.

Therefore, natural herbal products are certainly the way to get ED cure in a safe and natural way. CaliPlus is known for its safe and effective Erectile-Dysfunction Cure. It is 100% herbal also.

HGH Supplements Vs HGH Injections

Human growth hormone is largely known as the best way of reversing and delaying the aging process. Though there is no doubt about the benefits of growth hormone, you need to know which is the best form of HGH-Injections or Supplements.

Why most people prefer injections or shots to supplements which are also called releasers is because they produce faster results. However, what remains a big cause of concern is that the quantity administered should be the correct amount what your body needs. An overdose can result in high blood pressure and laziness. In extreme cases it can also cause cancer.

Growth hormone shots can be quite expensive as well with you shelling more than $15000 a year. Moreover, you need a prescription for these injections and most people therefore prefer to go for natural supplements or releasers which are available over the counter.

These relasers are a far more cost effective and affordable alternative to expensive shots. Furthermore, they are completely safe as well. The mainly consist of amino acids and vitamins and help stimulate the pituitary gland enhance its own production of growth hormone. Since no synthetc substance is injected into your body, there are no likely side effects. These releasers are not a replacement therapy but a natural way to enhance your own hormone production.

Another disadvantage of taking shots is that it may signal your brain to stop production of the growth hormone altogether due to excess of hormone in your body. This is going to harm you when you stop taking shots and you will experience faster aging. This is not the case with relasers.

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