Vitamin & Mineral Benefits in Surrey, BC

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Vitamin and Mineral Benefits in Surrey, BC
Vitamin and Mineral Benefits in Surrey, BC

Benefits and Deficiency Symptoms of Vitamins and Minerals.

Lack of one B vitamin usually means lack of other nutrients. Pantothenic acid is usually given with other B vitamins if there are symptoms of any B deficiency.

Vitamin B1 Thiamine

Benefits

  • Keeps mucus membranes healthy
  • Maintains normal functions of nervous system, muscle and heart
  • Aids in treatment of herpes zoster
  • Promotes normal growth and development
  • Treats beri-beri
  • Replaces deficiency caused by alcoholism, cirrhosis, overactive thyroid, infection, breast feeding, absorption disease, pregnancy, prolonged diarrhea, burns.
  • Neuritis and polyneuritis of etiology
  • Plays roll in carbohydrate metabolism.

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms

  • Chronic peripheral neuritis
  • Beri-beri which may or may not be associated with heart failure and edema.
  • Acute pernicious Beri-beri in which hear5t failure and metabolic abnormalities predominate.
  • Wernicke’s encephalopathy with Korsakoff’s psychosis, a thiamin responsive condition associated with alcoholism and narcotic abuse.
  • Anorexia

Vitamin B2 Riboflavin

Benefits

  • Redox cofactor in energy yielding metabolism.
  • Maintains healthy mucus membranes lining respiratory, digestive, circulatory and excretory tracts used when used in conjunction with vitamin A.
  • Maintains integrity of nervous system, skin, and eyes.
  • Promotes normal growth and development.
  • Aids in treatment of infections, stomach problems, burns, alcoholism, liver disease.
  • Activates Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine
  • Acts as a component for two enzymes – flavin mononucleotide and flavin adenine dinucleotide.
    Deficiency Signs & Symptoms
  • Impairment of lipid metabolism. There is an increase accumulation of triglycerides in liver with an increase in liver weight in proportion to body weight, which leads to an impairment of growth.
  • Cracks and sores at corner of mouth
  • Inflammation of tongue and lips
  • Eyes over sensitive to light and easily tired
  • Itching and scaling of skin around nose, mouth, scrotum, forehead, ears and scalp
  • Trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Slow learning
  • Itching, burning and reddening of eyes and damage to cornea of the eye

Vitamin B3 Niacin/Niacinamide

Benefits

  • Maintains normal function of skin, nerves, and digestive systems
  • Reduces cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood
  • Corrects niacin deficiency
  • Dilates blood vessels
  • Treats vertigo and ringing in the ears
  • Prevents premenstrual headaches
  • Treats pellagra skin condition
  • Precursor of NAD and NADP
  • In larger doses niacin is used in orthomolecular psychiatry as a treatment for schizophrenia

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms

  • Pellagra
  • Muscle weakness
  • General fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen, red tongue
  • Skin lesions, including rashes, dry scaly skin, wrinkles, course skin texture, dermatitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability, headaches, dizziness
  • Behavioral symptoms – apathy, anxiety, depression, mania, memory deficits

Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid

Benefits

  • Promotes normal growth and development
  • Fundamental component of CoA
  • Aids in release of energy from foods
  • Involved in the transport of fatty acids to and from cells and accelerates fatty acid breakdown in the mitochondria.
  • Pantethine reduces serum triglyceride and cholesterol levels and increase HDL levels
  • Beneficial to angina patients
  • Improves symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Stimulates healing
  • Supports adrenal glands and alleviates stress
  • Treats constipation
  • Relieves allergies
  • Treats fatigue
  • Enhances cholinergic function, reduces loss of memory and cognitive impairment in some patients
  • Postoperatively for prevention of ileus
  • Growth factor for lactobacillus bulgaricus

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms

  • Skin problems
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Arthritis
  • Adrenal atrophy
  • Allergies
  • Mental fatigue
  • Muscle spams
  • Shortness of breath

Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine

Benefits

  • Participates in multi-enzyme systems, chemical reactions of proteins and amino acids
  • Promotes normal red blood cell formation
  • Maintains chemical balance among body fluids
  • Regulates excretion of water. Excellent diuretic
  • Helps in energy production and resistance to stress, mood enhancer
  • Co-enzyme in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism
  • Treats PMS symptoms
  • Helps with gestational diabetes and diabetes
  • Reduces adverse effects of estrogen medication (birth control pills and estrogen replacement therapy)
  • Reduces level of prolactin, reduces breast milk in nursing mothers with congested breast.
  • Relieves morning sickness
  • Relieves nausea
  • Treats isoniazid (TB medication) toxicity
  • Stimulates immune system
  • May prevent or relieve diabetic neuropathy
  • Reduces frequency of renal calculi in susceptible individuals by aiding the patients ability to maintain calcium oxalate in solution.
  • Relieves some joint pain and muscle spasms
  • Vitamin B6 may be useful in the treatment of the following: acne, alcoholism, anemia, asthma, carpal tunnel, depression, diabetes, heart disease, hyperactivity, kidney stones, lupus, PMS.

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms

  • In women B6 deficiency may be caused by an over supply of estrogen. One of the consequences in depression, a symptom frequently seen in women on the pill or suffering from PMS symptoms. B6 deficiency can result in adequate production of serotonin, which can lead to depression.
  • B6 deficiency is one of the factors promoting atherosclerosis.
  • Depression immunity, reduction in number and activity of lymphocytes, shrinkage of thymus gland and decreased thymic hormone activity.
  • Weakness, poor coordination, irritability
  • Mental confusion, nervousness, behavioral – depression, irritability.
  • Hyperactivity, muscle twitching
  • Discoloration of the tongue, skin lesions

Vitamin B12

Benefits

  • Beneficial for stress
  • Beneficial for depression
  • Beneficial for digestive disturbances
  • Treats some kinds of nerve damage
  • Treats diabetic and peripheral neuropathy
  • Treats restless legs, pernicious anemia, some allergies, menstrual disorders, skin problems, fatigue and mental symptoms.
  • Improves memory and learning ability
  • Increases energy

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms

  • Alzheimer’s disease symptoms
  • Psychosis
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Weak and tingling arms and legs
  • Skin problems

Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid

Benefits

  • Preoperative and post-operative maintenance of optimal health
  • Increased vitamin requirements or replacement therapy in severe burns, extensive injury and infections.
  • Deficient intestinal absorption of water-soluble vitamins
  • Hemovascular disorders
  • Promotes healthy capillaries, gums and teeth
  • Benefits fracture and would healing
  • Aids iron absorption
  • Treats urinary tract infections
  • Forms collagen in connective tissues, prevents wrinkling
  • Reduces allergic reactions
  • Prevents scurvy

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms

  • Scurvy
  • Shortness of breath
  • Digestive difficulties
  • Easy bruising
  • Swollen and painful joints
  • Nosebleeds
  • Anemia: weakness, tiredness, paleness
  • Frequent infections
  • Slow wound healing
  • Behavioral symptoms – lassitude, hypochondriasis, depression, hysteria

Folic Acid

Benefits

  • Promotes normal red blood cell formation
  • Maintains nervous system, white blood cells, intestinal tract, sex organs, normal patterns of growth.
  • Treats anemia due to folic acids deficiency
  • Involved in the synthesis of amino acids and DNA

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms

  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Forgetfulness and confusion
  • Megaloblastic anemia
  • Indicated in alcoholism, sprue, celiac disease, pregnancy, GI abnormalities, fish tapeworm infestation.

Calcium Gluconate

Benefits

  • Participates in metabolic functions necessary for normal activity of nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems.
  • Plays important roll in normal heart function
  • Helps utilization of vitamin B12
  • Promotes use of amino acids
  • Lowers phosphate concentrations in people with kidney disease
  • Acts as natural tranquilizer
  • Antidote to magnesium sulfate
  • Used with cases such as: Hypoparathyroidism, Oseteomalacia, Vitamin D deficiency, preeclampsia, and uremia.

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteomalacia, frequent fractures
  • Muscle cramps
  • Convulsive seizures
  • Lower backache

Magnesium Sulfate

Benefits

    • Aids bone growth
    • Bronchodilator, treats asthma
    • Relieves angina pain
    • Relaxes tight muscles and muscle spams
    • Relieves night time leg cramps
    • Regulates normal heart rate
    • Conducts nerve impulses
    • CNS depressant
    • Useful as laxative in large doses
    • Useful as an antacid in small doses
    • Can improve glucose tolerance in insulin resistant patients
    • Indicated for malnutrition, excess GI losses due to severe diarrhea or prolonged vomiting

Malabsorption syndrome, liver cirrhosis, diabetic acidosis, chronic alcoholism deficiency following use of diuretics

Deficiency Signs & Symptoms

  • Confusion and delirium
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Skin problems
  • Hardening of soft tissue