High Dose Vitamin C Saves Another Life

When is a vitamin not a vitamin? No this is not a Nutrition Quiz but an issue so serious that it nearly cost Alan Smith his life. Maybe it was a mistake for the scientists who discovered Ascorbic Acid to call it vitamin C. Why is that a mistake? …Because vitamins are used in tiny amounts to prevent and cure disease. But vitamin C can and should be used not in tiny sprinkles of a few milligrams but in spoonfulsContinue reading… High Dose Vitamin C Saves Another Life

What do the B complex vitamins do? | The ABCs of Vitamins

You know by now if you have been following this series on The ABCs of the Vitamins that vitamins come in different forms and that is especially true of the B vitamins. There are several of them… It started with Thiamine There was a widespread disease amongst sailors and prisoners – that is amongst people with a poor diet. The main symptoms were muscle wasting, irregular heart beat and mental confusion. The disease was called Beriberi and was first noticedContinue reading… What do the B complex vitamins do? | The ABCs of Vitamins

How Vitamin F Cured Scaly Skin and a Lot More | ABCs of Vitamins

One of the biggest breakthroughs ever made in nutritional research occurred in 1923 when vitamin F was discovered. Studies of groups of animals fed on experimental diets were going on and it was soon found that lacking this essential vitamin lead the poor animals used in these early experiments to quickly develop skin sores and lesions which were quite different from those caused by other vitamin deficiencies. In fact the diet had vitamins A, B and D added to makeContinue reading… How Vitamin F Cured Scaly Skin and a Lot More | ABCs of Vitamins

Vitamin K, Strong Bones and Healthy Ageing

Although discovered in 1929 it was not until 1943 that a Nobel Prize was awarded for the discovery of vitamin K. The K in Vitamin K stands for “coagulation” or “Koagulation” as spelled in the Danish and German speaking areas in which the research was done and published. And it refers to the ability of the blood to clot as part of the healing process that happens naturally when you cut yourself. But the way in which vitamin K worksContinue reading… Vitamin K, Strong Bones and Healthy Ageing

Fertility, Cholesterol and My Vitamin E Rant

Vitamins protect – that's their whole function. They protect us from various diseases – so vitamin C protects us from weak bones and skin by helping the body make stronger collagen and vitamin E protects us from so many health issues that we're going to take this article to go through a few of them. First of all we have to know what we are talking about – what is vitamin E? Just like vitamin B is really not oneContinue reading… Fertility, Cholesterol and My Vitamin E Rant

How to make your immune system Smarter

I have been learning about vitamin D for years and one of the experts that has taught me the most is Dr John Cannell who founded the Vitamin D Council. In this short interview he talks about the role and power of vitamin D and on its role in optimising the immune system. A "must watch" 🙂   To test your blood level of your vitamin D check out my Helpful Lab' Tests page and to check out my recommendedContinue reading… How to make your immune system Smarter

The ABC of Vitamins: Vitamin A

In the ABC of the alphabet song, "A is for Apple" and in our ABC of Vitamins we can start with Apple too because it contains around 100 iu of vitamin A. And while that does not make it a rich source of vitamin A it makes sense to talk a little about “iu” before we go any further into the story of the vitamins so let's briefly look at what an iu is… International Units vs Milligrams Measuring howContinue reading… The ABC of Vitamins: Vitamin A

Beyond the ABC of Using Vitamins – Natural or Synthetic Vitamins?

In the previous post we looked at the ABC of Vitamins, their odd sounding names, the dosage we should take and at the whole issue of Official recommendations for our health. The next step is to get more details about the vitamins in our food and to do that we'll go back to vitamin C again. You can buy this as a powder to mix with water or as a tablet. Powdered vitamin C mixes well with water or juiceContinue reading… Beyond the ABC of Using Vitamins – Natural or Synthetic Vitamins?