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VITAMIN GUIDE

Links to specific vitamins

Vitamins are essential to life. They contribute to good health by regulating the metabolism and assisting the biochemical processes that release energy from digested food. Water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins. Oil-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Recommended daily allowances (RDAs) were instituted by the U.S. Food & Nutrition Board as a standard for the daily amounts of vitamins needed by a healthy person. Unfortunately, the amounts they came up with give us only the bare minimum required to ward off deficiency diseases such as beriberi, rickets, scurvy, and night blindness. They do not account for are the amounts needed to maintain maximum health, rather than borderline health.

The proper balance of vitamins and minerals is also important to the proper functioning of all vitamins. Scientific research has proved that an excess of an isolated vitamin or mineral can produce the same symptoms as a deficiency.

The B vitamins should always be taken together, but up to two to three times more of one B vitamin than another can be taken for a particular disorder. Although the B vitamins are a team, they are listed individually.

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Vitamins for Your Soul (200 Ways to Nurture Your Spiritual Life)
by Traci Mullins

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About The Author

This material on vitamins was prepared by the editors of InnerSelf Magazine, using several sources and reference books, compiling into one location material presented in over 10 various books and reference guides.



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