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About Vitamin C

Humans must consume "C" every day - they are among the few animals who do not produce  "C"

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient (required for normal body functioning that cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from a dietary source).

The presence of Vitamin C is required for a range of essential metabolic reactions in all animals and in plants and is made internally by almost all organisms, humans being one notable exception.

Scurvy is caused by deficiency of vitamin C, characterized by spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and extreme weakness. A severe deficiency of vitamin C leads to tooth loss.

In 1970 Dr. Linus Pauling proposed that regular intake of vitamin-C in amounts far higher than the officially sanctioned RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) could help prevent and shorten the duration of the common cold.

Recent medical research has confirmed Dr. Pauling’s original idea. Not only does a high vitamin C intake markedly reduce the severity of a cold, it also effectively prevents secondary viral or bacterial complications. Vitamin C works by stimulating the immune system and protecting against damage by the free radicals released by the body in its fight against the infection.

While 200 mg per day of vitamin C may be sufficient to maintain a reasonable health status in healthy, young men, it is clear that such a relatively low intake is far from adequate for older and sick people. It is also evident that far greater amounts are required to provide optimum protection against degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Vitamin C should be taken to bowel tolerance: increase the amount taken until your bowels become loose, reduce the amount until your bowels are no longer loose and take that amount daily. Hopefully it will be at least 1,000 mg daily. Dr. Pauling recommended vitamin C intakes of 1,000 mg per day or more.
Vitamin C is best taken at least twice a day.

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Enzyme Usage

Q) At what level of these enzymes is suppose to match what your pancreas would normally be putting out?

A) Your body produces the correct amount of enzymes when you are disease-free and healthy in an amount unique to your body's needs at any given time.

Q) So what amount of enzymes will replace your dysfunctional enzyme production?

A) No way to know precisely. However, when you take pancreatic enzyme supplements and you pay attention to your body, following an increase of the supplements, and when you notice your bottom burning, you can adjust the dosage to get as close as possible to your body's needs. For instance, if you have seasonal allergies (such as in the spring) you will be able to increase your enzyme supplements, sometimes dramatically, without discomfort because your body needs them and your allergy symptoms will diminish.

B Complex Vitamins

The B Complex vitamins are a mixture of eight essential B-vitamins that our bodies require on a daily basis.

They consist of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Pyridoxine, Biotin, Folic Acid and Cyanocobalamin.Deficiency of Thiamin (B1) causes Beriberi.

Symptoms of this disease of the nervous system include weight loss, emotional disturbances, Wernicke's encephalopathy (impaired sensory perception), weakness and pain in the limbs, periods of irregular heartbeat, and edema (swelling of bodily tissues). Heart failure and death may occur in advanced cases.

Chronic thiamine deficiency can also cause Korsakoff's syndrome, an irreversible psychosis characterized by amnesia and confabulation. Deficiency of Riboflavin (B2) causes Ariboflavinosis (symptoms may include cheilosis (cracks in the lips), high sensitivity to sunlight, seborrhea, and vascularization of the cornea).

Deficiency of Niacin (B3), along with a deficiency of tryptophan causes Pellagra. Symptoms include aggression, dermatitis, insomnia, weakness, mental confusion, and diarrhea. In advanced cases, pellagra may lead to dementia and death.

Deficiency of Pantothenic Acid (B5) can result in acne and Paresthesia (the feeling of pins and needles or of a limb being "asleep", although it is uncommon.

Deficiency of Pyridoxine (B6) may lead to anemia, depression, dermatitis, high blood pressure (hypertension), water retention, and elevated levels of homocysteine.

Deficiency of Biotin causes hair loss in adults (eating raw egg whites regularly will cause a deficiency of Biotin) and in infants a deficiency of Biotin may lead to impaired growth and neurological disorders.

Deficiency of Folic Acid (B9) results in elevated levels of homocysteine.

Deficiency in pregnant women can lead to birth defects. Supplementation is often recommended during pregnancy. Researchers have shown that folic acid might also slow the insidious effects of age on the brain.

Deficiency of Cyanocobalamin (B12) causes pernicious anemia, memory loss and other cognitive decline. It is most likely to occur among elderly people as absorption through the gut declines with age. In extreme (fortunately rare) cases, paralysis can result.

You would have to consume thousands of calories daily to get the amount of B Complex vitamins to fulfill the needs of your teeth, bones, skin and hair. That’s why I suggest B Complex supplements.

To avoid symptoms of B Complex deficiency (and because many of the B Complex vitamins are dependent on each other) I recommend two to four 100 mg capsules of B Complex vitamins taken throughout the day in divided doses.

B Complex 100 mg, 90 caps (3 Bottles) (Natural Life Foods) $44.50
B Complex 200 mg, 60 tabs (3 Bottles) (Natural Life Foods) $52.50

Vitamin D – Product Options

To order 2000 IU Vitamin D3 currently recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board Click here:Better Value  D3, 2,000 IU Vitamin D3, 60 capsules, NLF  

To order 5,000 IU Vitamin D3 (and take two per day) for the Council for Responsible Nutrition recommended safe upper limit of 10,000 IU

Click here:Best Value   D3, 5,000 IU Vitamin D3, 60 capsules, NLF  Lots of new  research indicates Vitamin D to avoid cancer and to avoid colds25,000 IU of Vitamin D can be toxic to adults if taken over a prolonged period. Vitamin D toxicity can be largely prevented by generous amounts of vitamins C, E, or cholin.

It is made far worse by a deficiency of vitamin E or magnesium; either deficiency causes large amounts of calcium to be laid down in soft tissues. Ref: Hans Selye, Calciphylasis (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1962); Eors Bajusz, Nutritional Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1965).