VITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS by lifemate

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									           VITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS

VITAMIN A
      A fat soluble vitamin
      Acts as an antioxidant
      Prevents nightblindness and other eye problems
      May help heal gastrointestinal ulcers
      Needed for the maintenance and repair of epithelial tissue (skin and mucous
       membranes)
      Important in new cell growth

VITAMIN B1 (THIAMINE)
      Acts as an antioxidant
      Enhances circulation and assists in blood formation, carbohydrate metabolism,
       and in the production of hydrochloric acid, which is important for proper
       digestion.
      It has a positive effect on energy, growth, normal appetite, and learning
       capacity.
      Needed for proper muscle tone of the intestines, stomach, and heart.

VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN)
      Necessary for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration,
       and growth
      Aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
      Together with Vitamin A, it maintains and improves the mucous membranes
       in the digestive tract
      Helps the absorption of iron and Vitamin B6

VITAMIN B3 (NIACIN)
      Needed for proper circulation and healthy skin
      Aids in the functioning of the nervous system; metabolism of carbohydrates,
       fats, and proteins; and in the production of hydrochloric acid for the digestive
       system
      Involved in the normal secretion of bile and stomach fluids
      Memory-enhancer

VITAMIN B5 (PANTOTHENIC ACID)
      Plays a key role in the production of the adrenal hormones and the formation
       of antibodies
      Aids in vitamin utilization, and helps convert fats, carbohydrates, and proteins
       into energy
      Required by all cells in the body and is concentrated in the organs
      Involved in the production of neurotransmitters
          An essential element of coenzyme A, a vital body chemical involved in many
           necessary metabolic functions
          Prevents certain forms of anemia
          Needed for normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract
          May be helpful in treating depression and anxiety

VITAMIN B6 (PYRIDOXINE)
      Involved in more bodily functions than almost any other single nutrient. It
       affects both physical and mental health
      Necessary for production of hydrochloric acid and the absorption of fats and
       proteins
      Aids in maintaining sodium and potassium balance
      Promotes red blood cell formation
      Required by the nervous system and is needed for normal brain function and
       for the synthesis of RNA and DNA
      It activates many enzymes and aids in the absorption of Vitamin B12, in
       immune system function, and in antibody production
      May be useful in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones
      Helpful in the treatment of allergies, arthritis, and asthma

VITAMIN B12 (METHYLCOBALAMIN)
      Active in the growth and protection of the nervous system
      Essential in converting homocysteine into methionine, which is used to build
       protein
      Needed to prevent anemia
      Aids folic acid in regulating the formation of red blood cells, and helps in the
       utilization of iron.
      Required for proper digestion, absorption of foods, and the metabolism of
       carbohydrates and fats.
      Aids in cell formation and cellular longevity
      Promotes normal growth and development by maintaining the fatty sheaths
       that cover and protect nerve endings
      Enhance sleep patterns, allowing more restful and refreshing sleep

BIOTIN
      Aids in cell growth; in fatty acid production; in the metabolism of
       carbohydrates, fats, and proteins; and in the utilization of other B-complex
       vitamins
      Promotes healthy sweat glands, nerve tissue, and bone marrow

CHOLINE
     Needed for the proper transmission of nerve impulses from the brain through
       the central nervous system
     Needed for gallbladder regulation, liver function, and lecithin formation
          Aids in hormone production and minimizes excess fat in the liver because it
           aids in fat and cholesterol metabolism
          Without choline, brain function and memory are impaired

FOLATE (FOLIC ACID)
     Considered brain food
     Needed for energy production and the formation of red blood cells
     Strengthens immunity by aiding in the proper formation of white blood cells
     Functions as a coenzyme in DNA and RNA synthesis
     May help anxiety

INOSITOL
      Has a calming effect
      Helps reduce cholesterol
      Important in the formation of lecithin and the metabolism of fat and
       cholesterol
      Helps remove fats from the liver

PARA-AMINOBENZOIC ACID (PABA)
      One of the basic constituents of folate and helps in the assimilation of
       pantothenic acid
      Can be converted to folate by intestinal bacteria
      Antioxidant reduces the absorption of UV-B radiation
      Acts as a coenzyme in the breakdown and utilization of protein; and assists in
       the formation of red blood cells
      Aids in the maintenance of healthy intestinal flora

VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID)
      An antioxidant that is required for at least 300 metabolic functions in the
       body, including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function, and healthy
       gums
      Aids in the production of antistress hormones and interferon, an important
       immune system protein
      Needed for the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine, and phenylalanine
      It protects against the harmful effects of pollution, helps prevent cancer,
       protects against infection, and enhances immunity
      Increases absorption of iron
      It can combine with toxic substances, such as certain heavy metals, and render
       them harmless so that they can be eliminated from the body
      Essential in the formation of collagen, protects against abnormal blood
       clotting and bruising, and promotes the healing of wounds and burns
      Works synergistically with both Vitamin E and beta-carotene
      Attacks free radicals in biologic fluids
      Helps balance levels of dopamine
      Can help decrease and prevent constipation
VITAMIN D3
      Required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus
      Necessary for normal growth and development of bones and teeth in children
      Protects against muscle weakness
      Enhances immunity
      Necessary for thyroid function and normal blood clotting

VITAMIN E
      Actually a family of eight antioxidant compounds
      Prevents cell damage by inhibiting the oxidation of lipids (fats) and the
       formation of free radicals
      Protects other fat-soluble vitamins from destruction by oxygen and aids in the
       utilization of Vitamin A
      Potentiates the effect of methyl-B-12
      Boosts sulfation
      Helps prevent essential fatty acids from being oxidized
      Helps restore damaged cells in the liver, especially in people with low
       cysteine and glutathione
      Helps protect against the damage done by saturated and oxidized fats. These
       fats can damage brain cells and blood vessels, and can impair GI function.j
      Helps boost immunity

VITAMIN K
      Needed for the production of prothrombin which is necessary for blood
       clotting
      Essential for bone formation and repair
      Plays an important role in the intestines and aids in converting glucose into
       glycogen for storage in the liver, promoting healthy liver function
      May increase resistance to infection in children

BIOFLAVONOIDS
      Sometimes referred to as Vitamin P
      Essential for absorption of Vitamin C
      Relieve pain, bumps, and bruises
      Have an antibacterial effect and promote circulation, lower cholesterol levels,
       and treat and prevent cataracts
      Examples: Citrin, Eriodictyol, Flavones, Hesperetin, Hesperidin, Quercetin,
       Quercetrin, and Rutin

Coenzyme Q10
       Powerful antioxidant
       Plays critical role in the production of energy in every cell of the body
          Aids circulation, stimulates the immune system, increases tissue oxygenation
           and has vital antiaging effects

BORON
     Needed in trace amounts for healthy bones and muscle growth because it
      assist in the production of natural steroid compounds within the body.
     Necessary for the metabolism of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium
     Enhances brain function, promotes alertness, and plays a role in how the body
      utilizes energy from fats and sugars

ZINC
          Involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism.
          It is required for the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes
          Plays a role in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA
           synthesis, and cell division.
          Supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood,a dn
           adolescence
          Required for proper sense of taste and smell

CALCIUM
     Required for muscle contraction, blood vessel expansion an contraction,
       secretion of hormones and enzymes, and transmitting impulses throughout the
       nervous system.
     Known to have calming effects in some children

MAGNESIUM
     Needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
     Helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady,
      supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong
     Helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and in
      known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis

COD LIVER OIL
      Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and essential fatty acids (especially DHA)

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFA)
      Critically important as anti-inflammatories and as the primary building
       material for cell membranes, which let nutrients in and toxins out
      Two basic types: Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s
      Omega-3’s include ALA (alpha linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid ),
       and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
      Omega-6’s include LA (linoleic acid), GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), DHGLA
       (dihomogamma-linolenic acid), and AA (arachidonic acid)
PROBIOTICS
      Healthy bacteria that promote good digestion, and control dysbiotic gut flora,
       such as candida

TAURINE
     Increases the effects of magnesium, and thereby helps prevent magnesium
       deficiency
     Part of the metabolic process of essential fatty acid assimilation, as well as
       assimilation of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, and E
     A powerful antioxidant
     An indirect component of the methylation process, and may work
       synergistically with TMG and methyl B-12
     Reduces seizures in some patients and can increase the activity of the calming
       neurotransmitter GABA

MELATONIN
     A hormone produced naturally in the pineal gland at the base of the brain
     Important in regulating sleep, and may play a role in maintaining circadian
      rhythm, the body’s natural time clock
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CHROMIUM
     Known to enhance the action of insulin, a hormone critical to the metabolism
      and storage of carbohydrate, fate, and protein in the body
     Directly involved in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism

N-ACETYL-CYSTEINE
      Can increase the body’s ability to detoxify itself, by increasing the body’s
       levels of glutathione, which boosts methylation
      Helps with detoxification of heavy metals and chemicals
      Supports the immune system
      Increases the integrity of the gastrointestinal mucosa

TMG AND DMG
      Have extraordinary effects in detoxifying the body of heavy metals, because
       they are intimately involved in the methylation process
      Work synergistically with folinic acid and methyl-B-12

TRANSFER FACTOR
     A natural substance produced during lactation, now available as a supplement
     Helps immune system cells to communicate with one another

SELENIUM
      Incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important
       antioxidant enzymes
      Helps prevent cellular damage from free radicals
          Helps regulate thyroid function and plays a role in the immune system

IRON
          An integral part of many proteins and enzymes that maintain good health
          Essential component of proteins involved in oxygen transport
          Essential for the regulation of cell growth and differentiation

DMAE
          Helps the body produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is the primary
           carrier of thought and memory
          Especially valuable for increasing short-term memory

CREATINE
     Involved in energy transfer, in both brain and muscle
     Aids in detoxification
     Important in the communication abilities of one cell to another, include cells
       in the brain

GAMMA GLOBULIN
     A powerful booster of immunity
     A processed for of concentrated IgG antibodies, which have been selectively
      derived from serum
     Appropriate for children with pronounced, resistant immune dysfunction

N-ACETYL-CARNITINE
      Carries fatty-acids into every cell’s energy-producing area, the mitochondria
      Preferable to the more common L-carnitine, because it tends to be more
       neuroactive
      Shown to improve cognitive function, and some researchers believe that it
       heightens the communication ability between the two hemispheres fo the brain
      Potent brain antioxidant

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
      Binds with toxins in the GI tract, and helps remove them from the system

SILYMARIN
      Protects liver cells by stimulating DNA and RNA synthesis, and by blocking
       receptor sites on liver cells that allow the entrance of toxins
      Helpful in protecting the body from toxins not captured by activated charcoal

PHOSPHATIDYLCHOLINE
     The active ingredient in the common nutrient lecithin, and it is the main
       building block, or nutritional precursor, for the neurotransmitter that is the
       primary carrier of all thought and memory, acetylcholine
     Helps repair and maintain neurons
           Used outside the brain in the metabolism of fats
           Used in the regulation of cholesterol, and in the production fo the sheaths that
            surround all nerves, which is constructed of myelin

5-HTP
           A form of the tryptophan, which in the primary nutritional precursor of the
            calming neurotransmitter serotonin

CARNOSINE
     A partial protein that is of special value for the subset of autistic children who
       suffer from seizures
     Appears to have a unique ability to not only decrease the incidence of
       seizures, but to also improve general cognitive function among children who
       have seizures
     Often helpful for improvement of muscle mass, and has been used int eh
       treatment of muscular dystrophy diseases

SAMe
           Beneficial in the methylation process, but because of complex individual
            variations, only about 1 in 5 children will benefit from it

PYCNOGENOL
     A botanical antioxidant that can cross the blood brain barrier and directly
      enter neurons
     A powerful scavenger of free radicals, and therefore can help relieve oxidative
      stress

CURCUMIN
     A powerful antioxidant, but its most effective action is as a natural anti-
      inflammatory
     Can aid in colon health

QUERCITIN
     Often helpful for asthma patients, as well as people with eczema and allergies,
       because it blocks the release of histamine and reduces inflammation

OREGANO OIL
     The primary component, carvacal, can be effective against bacteria, fungi, and
      parasites

CAPRYLLIC ACID
     A fatty acid that has been shown to be effective against viruses and bacteria

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT
      Herbal extract effective against a range of infectious conditions that are
        caused by viruses and bacteria
          Has a unique ability to stop viral replication
          Can also be helpful with allergies

GARLIC EXTRACT
     The active ingredient, allicin, can help quell infections due to bacteria,
       viruses, parasites, and fungi
     An antioxidant
     Due to its sulfhydryl groups, it even has some ability to act as a natural
       detoxifying agent, and helps flush heavy metals from the body

LAURICIDIN
     A medicinal oil, derived from coconut, is believed to help eradicate bacteria,
       viruses, fungi and parasites

								
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