Everybody knows that Vitamins are needed by our body for a good health. There are a lot of myths about vitamins, here is some important one:
Vitamins Can Replace Healthy Eating
Some people believe that they can make a poor diet better by just adding in a vitamin supplement â€“ this is a myth, because a healthy diet is about more than just the recommended daily intake of vitamins. Itâ€™s important to east food with the right minerals, with plenty of fibre, low-fat protein and whole grains, avoiding too much fat and sugar.
Vitamins are better absorbed when taken in a spray
The most of the people absorb vitamins easily. Therefore using the vitamin in sprayÂ is unnecessary for most people.
Â Vitamin C fights colds
In 2007, a study of more than 11,000 people who found vitamin C didn't help avoiding colds, except among marathoner, skiers and soldiers on subarctic exercises. However MacKay said a meta-analysis showed taking vitamin C may reduce the duration of a cold by 8 percent in adults and more than 13 percent in children, though he pointed out the research is inconclusive.
Â Extra Vitamins Make Your Hair Thicker and Stronger
Taking vitamins wonâ€™t make it any hair stronger unless they become brittle or is falling out as a result of a vitamin deficiency. The thickness of hair is generally inherited, and so extra vitamins canâ€™t change this either.
Â Natural Vitamins Are Better Than Synthetic
Vitamins from natural sources are identical to vitamins from synthetic sources, and are used by the body in exactly the same way.Vitamins in food seem to have more of an effect than vitamins taken as supplements. Itâ€™s not completely clear why, but it may be because they work together with all the other parts of the food, such as the other nutrients and fibre. It is better to get as many vitamins as possible from a balanced diet rather than as a supplement.
Â Expensive Vitamin Are the Best
There are many different combinations of vitamins in the market and some are very expensive. Low-cost multivitamins provides same benefits as costly one.
Â Supplements are essential
Balanced and healthy diet has all the vitamins needed. But some people may need extra Supplements. (e.g., pregnant women). They should be taken only with the advice of a doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Â Natural Things Are Always Safe
This is myth as there are some very dangerous toxins in nature, such as botulinum toxin from bacteria, tetrodotoxin from puffer fish, and batracho-toxins from poison arrow frogs. Even vitamins, which are essential for life and health can be dangerous if taken in wrong amounts.
Â Natural form of vitamin E is better than the artificial.
Natural Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherols) costs twice to its synthetic form. But there is no special advantage. The decision ultimately lies with a consumer, as some people prefer everything natural.Studies suggest that vitamin E helps people with diabetes, colon cancer, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, cataracts and Alzheimer's
Â Folate and folic acid is the same thing
Both are different as folate comes from plants, while folic acid is the synthetic form.Folic acid is also roughly twice as potent as folate. Studies show that pregnant women who take folic acid supplements lower the risk of neural tube defects in newborn babies by about 50%.
Â Small quantity of Vitamin is Â Good
It is important to get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of all the vitamins, but taking large doses (also known as mega-doses) can be harmful, especially for the fat-soluble vitamins that are stored in the body. For example:
Too much vitamin A can cause problems for unborn babies, and can lead to blurred vision, headaches and sickness
Too much vitamin B3 (niacin) can lead to liver problems
Too much vitamin B6 can cause pins and needles and numbness in the feet and hands, and unsteady gait
Too much vitamin C can cause diarrhoea, and can lead to kidney stones
Too much vitamin E can cause blood-clotting problems.
Their Requirement for Proper Growth
Vitamin is that component of a balanced diet which the human body can not synthesize its own (except vitamin D in the skin). So we must consume vitamin directly in the form of food or through supplements as tonic or pills. Below find all kinds vitamins in our life
â€¢Vitamin A â€“This is good for growth, body repair, and formation of bone and keeps your skin smooth. This vitamin is good cure for night blindness.
â€¢Vitamin B1 â€“This is a good for energy building and keeps your heart and muscles stable.
â€¢Vitamin C-. This protects our bones, teeth and gums.and a ultimate medicine for curing scurvy.
â€¢Vitamin D-This vitamin help children for curing Rickets, which is actually caused by the deficit of Vitamin D. Bones development is slow due to lack of this vitamin. Direct sunlight and spinach and vegetables are good source of vitamins. In adults, this vitamins deficiency produces Osteoporosis.
â€¢Vitamin E-This vitamin helps in wound treatment as it is very mush essential to prevent sterility and to break up blood clots. This vitamin also prevents the damage of cells due to aging.
â€¢Vitamin B6-This one is necessary for production of antibodies which help in spreading of infection.
â€¢Vitamin B12-During children growth this vitamin required for carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
â€¢Vitamin B2 and Folic Acid-Both helps in the formation of red blood cells.
Â As we grow old nutritional needs to be changed. It is obvious that the food intakes differ markedly between a baby or infant and an adolescent or a senior citizen. There are so many kind vitamins and supplements on the market.Do you have the right vitamins and supplements in your home? Here are the top vitamins and supplements for your family:
Â For Babies: Vitamin D is most important for babies. We all know that mom milk is best. But during pregnancy many women become deficient in vitamin D, so their milk may not have enough vitamin D. The recommended amount for most babies is 400 IU each day. Extra Iron is another important to keep in mind. Some babies, such as premature infants, may need extra iron. Check with your doctor. If your baby does need iron, keep the iron supplements well away from little hands. Accidental iron overdose is a leading cause of death in kids.
Â For Kids: Two important vitamins for kids are multivitamin and Vitamin D. For picky eaters consult your Doctor if they needs multivitamin.Vitamin D is second important vitamin for kids as they need about 400 IU per day.Vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of bone problems, seizures, multiple sclerosis and certain types of cancer.
Â For Mothers: Multivitamin is important for busy mom as they do not have enough time for proper 3 balanced meal in a day. Calcium and vitamin D are needed for healthy bones development. They should eat more calcium-rich foods like milk, yogurt, salmon or tofu or bone up on calcium and vitamin D supplements. Check below how much you should get daily:
-1000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D each day if you're under 50
-1500 mg of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D each day if you're over 50
Â For Pregnant women: Folic acid is very important for Breast-feeding or pregnant women. They should start taking this at least 3 months before you getting pregnant. Folic acid helps prevent a common type of birth defect called a "neural tube defect." This defect happens in the first month of a pregnancy, which is usually long before you know you're pregnant. Some women (such as those with epilepsy or diabetes) need more folic acid â€“ check with your doctor. Extra Calcium, iron and vitamin B12 is required for Pregnant women as their body is growing and feeding a baby.
Â For Men: Men are often less likely to look after their health than women. Recent studies show that men are more likely to smoke and drink than women. This means that the overall health of many men is below optimum levels. Many of the vitamins and minerals listed below can be taken as a part of a good multivitamin and mineral supplement:
â€¢Vitamin C should be at 200 to 600 mg daily.
â€¢Men need to take between 5,000 and 25,000 IUs of vitamin A as beta-carotene.
â€¢Vitamin B complex should be taken three times a day at between 10 to 25 mg.
â€¢Vitamin B3 should be at 10 to 200 mg.
â€¢Vitamin D should be between 200 and 400 IUs taken as ergocalciferol (vitamin D2).
â€¢Vitamin E should be between 200 to 400 IUs daily.
â€¢Iodine (obtained in kelp, iodised salt and potassium iodide) is required at 75 to 150 mg daily.
â€¢Zinc, as zinc glauconite or, should be taken at 10 to 15 mg per day.
â€¢Calcium at 200 to 1,000 mg daily.
â€¢Magnesium at 200 to 400 mg daily.
â€¢Men suffering from prostate enlargement should take extra vitamin B complex, up to 50 mg daily with 15 to 20 mg of zinc.
â€¢Men with reduced sperm count will benefit from extra vitamin C (1,000 mg spread over three doses on a daily basis) and extra zinc (15 to 20 mg daily).
â€¢Men who are athletic will need extra magnesium at 200 mg per day and a good antioxidant preparation.
Â Â The most of people absorb vitamins easily. Therefore using the vitamin in spray form is unnecessary for most people.
Note-Always remember that vitamins are not food but should be a part of your food. For a better knowledge and for maintaining a balanced diet of your family, consult a doctor.