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Vitamins
Vitamin B-9 (Folic Acid)

Functions of vitamin B-9 (Folic Acid)

 

·         Is necessary for DNA and RNA synthesis, which is essential for the growth and reproduction of all body cells

·         Folic acid is essential for creating heme, the iron containing substance in hemoglobin which is crucial for oxygen transport

·         It is required for protein metabolism

·         Folic acid is very important in the development of the nervous system of a developing fetus

 

Deficiency symptoms of vitamin B-9 (Folic Acid)

 

·         May suffer from fatigue, acne, a sore tongue and cracking at the corners of the mouth

·         Long term deficiency may result in anemia and later in osteoporosis as well as cancer of the bowel and cervix

·         Deficiency on an unborn baby might include serious congenial defects of the nervous system

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Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Functions of vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

 

·         Essential for healthy teeth, gums and bones

·         Helps heal wounds, scar tissue and fractures

·         Prevents scurvy

·         Build resistance to infections

·         Aids in the absorption of iron and calcium

·         Is required for the synthesis of collagen in connective tissue

·         Is one of the major antioxidant nutrients to help prevent the conversion of nitrates into cancer causing substances

·         It assist  in the prevention of blood clotting

·         Strengthen the walls of the capillaries

 

Deficiency symptoms of vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

 

·         Scurvy

·         Soft and spongy / swollen, bleeding gums and loose teeth

·         Capillary hemorrhaging (including bleeding into joints)

·         Poor wound healing

·         Weakness, fatigue and a general lack of energy

·         Edema (water retention)

·         Poor digestion

·         Painful joints

·         Psychological disturbances

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Vitamin E

Functions of vitamin E

 

·         Is a major antioxidant

·         Protects other antioxidants

·         Supply oxygen to the blood which is then carried to the heart and other organs , thus alleviating fatigue

·         Prevents and dissolves blood clots

·         Strengthen the capillary walls

·         Promote fertility

·         Reduce and or prevent hot flushes in menopause

·         Help preventing calcium deposits forming in blood walls

 

Deficiency symptoms of vitamin E

 

·         Rupture of red blood cells

·         Loss of reproductive powers

·         Lack of sexual vitality

·         Abnormal fat deposits in muscles

·         Degenerative changes in the heart and other muscles

·         Dry skin

·         Acne

·         Spontaneous abortion

·         Gallstones

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