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Daily Vitamins: A Healthier You (Part 2 of 2)

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This article is part 2 of 2 and includes a small conclusion and descriptions of vitamins C, D, E, and K including optimal intakes.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for a variety of biological functions within the body's systems. It is most commonly associated with the immune system, as it is necessary for the healing of injuries. Vitamin C is also required by the body for the efficient use of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins as sources of energy. Lack of vitamin C in the body is associated with several conditions; muscle weakness, tiredness, depression, and bleeding/swollen gums and/or accompanied by tooth loss. Research exists connecting vitamin C to decreased cold infections, asthma treatments, allergies, blood clots, artery hardening, reduces the risk of development of certain types of cancer, and for treatment of several mental difficulties. As vitamin C is associated with so many conditions, it is often noted by the term "panacea," meaning cure all. Optimal Intake: 55 milligrams

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is naturally absorbed through the skin from sunlight. Vitamin D is typically associated with the biological function for the maintenance and regulation of phosphorous and calcium levels. Vitamin D is necessary for the proper absorption rates and functioning of calcium. Recent research has also associated vitamin D with decreased occurrences of certain conditions; hypertension, osteoporosis, certain cancers and autoimmune disorders. Optimal Intake: 5 micrograms

Vitamin E

Vitamin E exists in several isomeric states, all required by the body in different amounts, and are naturally synthesized to these states upon intake of vitamin E. Vitamin E is typically associated as having strong antioxidant effects within the body. However, there currently exists no known medical conditions dependent upon deficient amounts of Vitamin E. Research continues in an attempt to provide strong evidence linking heart disease and cancer. Optimal Intake: 15 milligrams

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is necessary for coagulation, normal blood clotting. Vitamin K is used for treatment of blood clotting disorders including; prolonged diarrhea, liver disease, cystic fibrosis, gallbladder disease, intestinal problems, and glucose-6-dehydrogenase, as normal blood clotting is not possible without the presence of vitamin K in adequate amounts. Optimal Intake: 80 micrograms

Conclusions: Vitamins and a Healthier You

Vitamins are necessary for a healthy you, as vitamins effect all biological systems in some way. Our biological systems exist in an equilibrium. This equilibrium requires proper nutrition, including vitamins. Vitamins are necessary not only for proper growth and development, but for the generation and maintenance of overall healthy biological systems. It is important to remember that vitamins are not synthesized naturally by the body, but must be consumed, typically through dietary intake. Due to this fact, it is important to ensure adequate amounts of vitamins in your daily diet. There are natural multivitamins available to supplement your diet and ensure proper levels of all necessary vitamins are acquired on a daily basis.

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