Archive for the ‘Vitamin C’ Category

The Benefits of Easting that Orange . . .

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

One orange provides almost 100% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. eating the whole orange gives you dietary fiber as well. Keep as much as possible of the albedo (the white matter under the peel), which contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents. Oranges are also a good source of vitamin A, the B vitamins, amino acids, beta-carotene, pectin, potassium, folic acid, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, chlorine and iron.

The average orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, many of which have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and blood clot inhibiting properties.

This high amount of anti-oxidant and flavonoids makes oranges one of the best fruits to promote optimal health.

Vitamin D plus calcium may protect from fracture

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

As vitamin D gets more into the spotlight for everyday citizens we see another great result.

Almost 70,000 people participated in a study in the US and Europe and found that taking vitamin D with calcium reduced fractures.

So not only is vitamin D necessary to supplement for those of us living in northern climates it reduces the chance of breaking a leg.

Vitamin C May Help to Prevent Swine Flu

Monday, August 24th, 2009

German researchers have demonstrated that a baseline amount of beta-interferon must be active for competent immune recognition and response to any viral invader, which includes H1N1 (Swine Flu). Vitamin C among many other things increases the production of beta-interferon.

When the avian flu pandemic two years ago was going world-wide, research suggested taking up to 5 grams of vitamin C per day, 1 gram every hour to help fight off a bug.

For the full story see Wellness Resources, by Dr. Byron Richards, August 13, 2009 newsletter.

Raising Healthy Children

Monday, May 4th, 2009

One good move today is taking place as some schools are taking soda/pop machines out of the schools. The cola companies promised to give a percentage of the dollars spent back to the schools. But at what cost? The corn syrup industry likes it. The dentists get plenty of business filling teeth. But the student suffers. For one thing it raises the omega-6 level in the body which is already out of balance for a healthy life.

The most important thing we can do for our children is to provide them with good, natural fresh foods and clean water. Instead of the candy bar eat a piece of fresh fruit. To my understanding, most tastes are acquired. If you give a child wholesome, nutritious food they will look for that when they snack. I suggest organic foods wherever possible. They may cost a little more up front but then you don’t have as many illnesses and doctor’s bills.

There are also several supplements you actually need.

First we don’t get enough omega-3—the anti-inflammatory “medicine”. The ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 should be one-to-two. Studies today say it is more like 1-to-17 or 25. (Much of this comes from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diets. Omega-3 is also very important for making healthy cells in every part of our bodies. They are also essential for prenatal and childhood brain development.

Probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus) are the healthy bacteria that needs to be in our digestive system. When we take an anti-biotic, the good bacteria gets killed along with the bad and it needs help to be restored to the proper level.

A multi vitamin for children then helps to fill the gays that usually happens in every diet. Keep extra vitamin C on hand for use when a cold is coming on.

As the child gets older vitamin D is a necessity for those of us living in northern climates where we don’t get enough sun to manufacture the vitamin D our system needs. Milk is often fortified with vitamin D.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is the energy running every cell in the body. The heart works harder than any other muscle in the body. To keep it healthy we need a balance to keep our energy up.

Just a reminder! When you buy food supplements buy QUALITY. The cheapest is probably the most expensive in the long run. A recent study showed that one-third of the supplements tested didn’t provide what was stated on the label. A poor supplement will just pass through the body without any benefit at all. Some children’s vitamins were too potent for the age listed on the label. It is important to buy a good quality supplement.

You only have one body. Take care of it.

Mediterranean Diet

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The Mediterranean diet, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C, E and folate, is the only dietary pattern associated with a lower risk for heart disease, says a new review.

According to findings published in this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine, modest relationships were found supporting omega-3 fatty acids, folate, whole grains, alcohol, fruits, fibre and dietary vitamins E and C and beta carotene, for reductions in the risk of heart disease.

On the other hand, trans-fatty acids and foods with a high glycemic index (GI) were associated with detrimental effects on heart health, wrote the researchers, led by Andrew Mente, from the Population Health Research Institute.

Read the whole story at, April 15, 2009

Vitamin C

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Vitamin C is probably one of the best known of all the vitamins. As early as 1742 lemon juice was known to prevent scurvy, a disease that plagued long distance sailors. It was finally in 1928 that this helpful component was known as vitamin C. It is the body’s most water-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin C is active throughout the body helping strengthen the capillaries and cell walls. It also helps in producing hemoglogin in red blood cells and assists the body to absorb iron from foods.

Studies have shown that low levels of vitamin C are linked to heart attacks. Vitamin C may also lengthen life. In one study men who consumed more than 300 mg of vitamin C a day lived longer than men who consumed less than 50 mg a day. Another study showed that over the long term, vitamin C supplements protect against cataracts. For people with type 1 Diabetes, which interferes with the transporting of vitamin C into the cells, supplements of 1,000 to 3,000 mg a day may prevent complications of the disease.

The RDA for men is 90 mg a day and for women it is 75 mg a day. But most experts feel that 200 mg a day is better for everyone. 

Too little vitamin C is linked to increased risk of heart attack, cataracts and a shorter life. Large doses of over 2,000 a day may cause loose stools, diarrhea, gas and bloating, but is corrected by reducing the dose.

For general health get 500 mg of vitamin C a day. Citrus fruits and juices, broccoli, red peppers and dark greens, strawberries, and kiwifruit are all good sources of vitamin C.