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Vitamins for Your Wellbeing

Take your vitamins! The importance of vitamin supplements in helping to maintain health is so well-established that the admonition to ‘take your vitamins’ has taken its place among other such well-known motherly advice as ‘eat all your veggies’ and ‘don’t forget your umbrella!’ Vitamins may well be the most well-known nutritional supplements of all – yet most people are unaware of the full extent of the effect that vitamins have on health. Check your vitamin IQ with the following little quiz and see how much you know about vitamin supplements and vitamin deficiencies. 

True or False:  Taking vitamin C can lessen the severity of your cold symptoms.

 

True! According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, taking vitamin C in large doses at the first sign of a cold can lessen the symptoms that make you miserable.

 

Fact or Fiction:  Eating carrots is good for your eyes.

Fact!  Carrots are one of the best sources of Vitamin A, which is essential in maintaining eye cells and tissues – but eyes aren’t the only part of your body that Vitamin A helps build.  Deficiencies of Vitamin A have been linked to lowered immunity to infection and a heightened risk of dying of complications from infectious diseases.Those same studies found that taking vitamin A supplements makes more vitamin A available to your body than eating foods that contain an equivalent amount of vitamin A.

True or False:  If you eat vitamin fortified foods, you’ll get all the vitamins that your body needs.

False. Vitamin fortified foods give you a percentage of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) or Adequate Intake (AI) of a vitamin that is suggested by the FDA.  RDA and AI are the absolute minimum amount of that vitamin that your body needs to keep it from showing symptoms of severe vitamin deficiency.  The amounts your body needs for optimal health are often far higher.

True or False:  Taking Vitamin E supplements can help prevent heart attacks.

True.  Two separate studies conducted by the Harvard School of Medicine showed at 37% and 41% decrease in the incidence of heart disease in those who took over 200 mgs of Vitamin E a day. 

True or False:  A vitamin B supplement with folic acid could eliminate over 70% of birth defects like spina bifida.

True.  Folic acid, a naturally occurring B vitamin, is essential in the development of the brain and spinal cord in the first month of pregnancy.   Over 20 years of clinical trials support the conclusion that inadequate intake of folic acid causes abnormalities of the neural tube – the brain and spine. Because of this, says the March of Dimes, we could reduce the incidence of neural tube defects by 70% if every woman of childbearing age regularly took a vitamin supplement containing folic acid.

According to various experts, Americans are the most well-fed undernourished people in the world.  Many practitioners of conventional medicine question the need for vitamin supplementation.  They base their claim on studies that show most Americans get the RDAs of most vitamins – but neglect the fact that those RDAs are absolute bare minimums.

The latest research into nutrition focuses on the effects of ‘sub-clinical deficiencies’ – nutritional deficiencies that are below the point where major symptoms become evident.   The results are startling, to say the least.  Because the body is so good at making do with what it gets, it can limp along without sufficient vitamins for its use for years without showing major health complications –but beneath the surface, those vitamin deficiencies appear to be responsible for headaches, birth defects, increased susceptibility to common infections and a wide variety of other conditions that make life less pleasant.

Most conscientious medical professionals recommend that healthy adults take a daily multivitamin, with additional supplements that contain vitamin C, vitamin D vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K.  If you have health problems, consult your doctor to see if he recommends higher doses of particular vitamins as well as the standard.

For an example of a product that is well balanced with vitamins, we recommend you look at Total Balance.  This is what we take.

Warning:  when some of our friends found out that we took Total Balance, they joked and make fun of us because the product is made in New Zealand by a company called Xtend-Life.  But it’s sort of like that old ad “They laughed when I sat down at the piano, but when I started to play….”

Now our friends don’t laugh at us any more….

  •  because the products we order always arrive within a few days and save hours of shopping time.

  •  because they’re fairly priced and deliver tremendous value, thereby saving you money.

  •  because Xtend-Life offers an outstanding money-back guarantee which is the best we’ve seen.

  •  because Xtend-Life adheres to manufacturing standards that exceed FDA standards assuring a quality product with every order.

  •  because Total Balance Unisex is so packed with valuable nutrients that our health and vitality is apparent to all.

So thank you, Total Balance Unisex!

 

 

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