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  • Sumanta 7:39 PM on March 4, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , , Scurvy, Vitamin,   

    Vitamin C in cancer cure 

    tomatoVitamin C is a water soluble vitamin referred as ascorbic acid in the scientific world. Our body can’t store this vitamin, since it gets excreted via urine. Therefore, a continuous intake of this vitamin is required.

    Why this vitamin is important for our health? It helps our skin capillaries to remain intact and prevent bleeding and also helps in wound healing.

    What happens if we lack this vitamin? A well known disease called scurvy occurs when one lacks it in his or her body. Scurvy is characterized by gum bleeding.

    From what sources can we get this vitamin? Obviously from a bunch of plant sources like grapes, guava, lemon, orange, tomato, garlic etc. Well commercial preparations of this vitamin are also available in stores, but that might not be a wise way to take it since you are possibly going to miss the fiber rich pulp of the plant products, when you are taking the vitamin extract. Read somewhere that in old times sailors used to carry lemons with them when they went for long voyages to avoid vitamin C deficiency.

    Does vitamin C prevent Cancer? (More …)

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  • Sumanta 6:53 PM on February 20, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , , Niacin, Tomato, Vegetables, Vitamin,   

    Tomatoes for health 

    Who don’t like red appealing tomatoes in their regular diet? Tomatoes are not only good looking fruit, they are healthy too. There probably is an argument if tomato is a vegetable or fruit, let’s not dip into that today.

    If you have some place to do gardening, try planting tomatoes. They will give your garden an amazing beauty like red bulbs scattered all over. Another benefit of growing tomato at home is probably that you can eat healthy tomatoes with out the side effects of excessive usage of fertilisers of pesticides.

    Besides the appealing beauty of tomato, it is highly nutritious too. But how should we eat it- raw, boiled, fried or grilled? It can be eaten in any way but vitamin c generally degrades upon exposure to heat, therefore its probably wise to have them raw for extracting this vitamin (since tomatoes are rich in vitamin c).

    Some people may find eating raw tomatoes bit smelly. They may eat it using some other edible flavouring agent or creams but take care of there calories. A good way to avoid the smell and eat it in healthy manner is probably to eat it as a part of salad. Using chopped onion, coriander, cucumber and slight curd might add an edge to your raw tomato eating experiences.

    Some people also like to drink tomato juices, which is not bad but if the pulp of tomato is discarded while making juices you might be losing the benefits of the fibre in the tomato pulp. As you may know fibre rich diet is good for curbing obesity and also softens the stool. Moreover, sugar added to the tomato juices can make the tomato juices rich in calories and can contribute to weight gain, if taken regularly in high quantity.

    Finally, a component of tomato is niacin. Interestingly, niacin is also used as a drug to decrease blood lipid levels.

    So eat plenty of fresh tomatoes. Make your life and health colourful by adding colourful tomatoes to your diet.

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  • Sumanta 10:18 AM on January 4, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Muscle, , Vitamin,   

    Vitamin D increases children’s muscle power 

    Today lets talk about the wonder vitamin, Vitamin D. This vitamin is known for improving bone health by increasing mineralisation of bone.

    This vitamin utilizes calcium we ingest effectively to make it available for bones.

    But where from do you get this vitamin? Broadly you can get this vitamin from 2 sources one is the sunlight (which provides the D2 variant of vitamin D), and food products gives you the D3 component of vitamin D). Food products like oily fishes are rich sources of vitamin D. (More …)

     
    • Edith J. Villacorta 11:07 PM on August 9, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Vitamin D is one of the fat soluble vitamins. It is also called the sunshine vitamin because it is produced in skin in response to sunlight. If we start taking vitamin D at a very early age then we become more relaxed against vitamin D deficiency. We need 3 tablet of 20 mcg per day to fulfill our requirements, we can also take vitamin D supplements in stead of tablets and it doesn’t have any side effects.

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  • Sumanta 8:44 AM on January 1, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: , Antioxidant, Dementia, , Vitamin,   

    Vitamin E, Helps in Alzheimer’s 

    Vitamin E is a vitamin well known for its antioxidant action. Its abundantly found in oils like sunflower oil and safflower oil. It blocks oxidation of fat, hence free radicals can’t generate, and that’s how it performs the antioxidant action. However, to much of this vitamin can increase the risk of bleeding. Hence, simultaneous intake of blood thinning medications can prove detrimental,increasing risk of severe bleeding. (More …)

     
  • Sumanta 7:40 AM on June 25, 2013 Permalink |
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    Seasonal fluctuation of vitamin D 

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    Today’s talk is based on something rather common to all, about vitamin D a king supplier of calcium to our body. We are all aware that we get this vitamin from sunlight and certain food products. Have you ever wondered, out of 365 days which time of the year is the best for getting vitamin D from the sun?

    New studies show that vitamin D synthesis by our skin is highest during the August and gradually fall by February. That means vitamins are also seasonal like certain fruits are. Also, this seasonal pattern of rising of this vitamin levels may be related to prevention of flu which occurs during this period. So during these months of the year, it may be ideal to get more vitamin D from the sun. But this is a study based on the US so it may not be the same in other parts of the globe since seasons have a different pattern at different regions.

    Finally, let’s take a quick look in the food sources for vitamin D: egg yolk, oily fishes (like mackerel, sardines, salmon etc), fortified milk etc. are good sources of the vitamin.

    Vitamin D is essential for osteoporosis prevention. Osteoporosis is a condition that decreases bone mineral density and increases the chance of getting a fracture due to minor traumas.

    Related Item: Uterine Fibroids & vitamin DPlease cross-check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Reference: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_138061.html
     
  • Sumanta 4:02 PM on April 21, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Clomiphene, , , , , , Semen analysis, , Vitamin,   

    Vitamin E and sperms 

    Vitamin E is a well-known fat soluble vitamin for its antioxidant actions. Few food products rich in vitamin E are: sunflower oil, safflower oil, almonds, mangoes,avocados etc. Studies have shown that vitamin E if taken along with certain antiestrogenic drugs (like clomiphene ) can increase sperm count and sperm motility.

    Low sperm count is called oligospermia (generally less than 15 million sperms per ml) and decreased sperm motility is called asthenospermia. Oligospermia isn’t an uncommon cause of oligospermia.

    Clomiphene is an anti-estrogenic drug used for treatment of infertility. Clomiphene is used in women to induce ovulation as a part of infertility treatment in women. Although people are concerned about risk of various infertility drugs a recent study showed no association between infertility drugs and ovarian cancer.

    Vitamins!

    You may share your opinions below in the comments section. Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider.References:1,2,3,4

     
    • James 11:10 AM on February 4, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We use sunflower oil for cooking and i love eating almonds, good to know that both of these are rich in vitamin E, now feeling relieved from having vitamin E deficiency.

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