Health Benefits of Individual Minerals and Vitamins
Did you ever find an old shirt in your closet and think to yourself – “Why did I ever stop wearing this thing?”. Over the next few days and weeks, you find yourself wearing it much more frequently.
I get the same feeling about Vitamin K.
Vitamin K is a bit of a forgotten vitamin. Despite it’s important roles in blood clotting (and a concern for those taking blood thinning medications), I recently pulled it out from the back of the mental closet it’s now one of the vitamins I’m now most excited about.
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble nutrient that comes in a number of forms such as phylloquinone (K1) and menaquinone (K2). Each form of vitamin K is rather […]
Vitamin D function is much more than bone and calcium metabolism, it has importance in immune regulation and has been linked to lower risk of cancers and allergic diseases.
Intake of Vitamin D has wide-reaching effects on most body tissue types and may help reduce system-wide inflammation, and promote healthy gut health and immune tolerance (1).
Low levels of vitamin D have been implicated in food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel diseases, autoimmune thyroid diseases, and autoimmune gastritis (1; 2).
Vitamin D status sounds like something we should pay attention to, right?
Normal Vitamin D Formation and Activation in the Body
Vitamin D is formed from a reaction triggered by UV light on the skin, and […]
While many women take oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, there are many other reasons women choose to take oral contraceptives. Treating hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, and irregular periods as well as preventing pregnancy are all scenarios where the benefit of taking oral contraceptives may outweigh the risks.
Considering many women begin taking oral contraceptives in early adolescence and continue their usage for many years, it is important to look at the possible nutritional effects of oral contraceptives on a woman’s body especially when it comes to the depletion of vital nutrients.
The World Health Organization (WHO) points out the influence of nutrient depletion caused by being on oral contraceptives is a great cause for concern and should be of high clinical relevance. Oral contraceptives may affect levels of folic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B6, […]