Monthly Archives: May 2008

Table: Essential vitamins and minerals summary
Nutrient What is it for? Food sources
Vitamin A vision, cell reproduction, immune function, growth, reproduction, bone metabolism, skin health, cardiovascular health, antioxidant liver, carrots, green leafy vegetables, eggs, cheese, apricots, pumpkin, sweet potato, butter, cantaloupe/rock melon
B vitamins (including folate / folic acid) red... Read more
Vitamin E Possibly the most potent antioxidant, vitamin E is present in large amounts in our retina, especially in the macula, where it protects the retinal cells against free radical damage. Vitamin E supplements have been found to reduce the risk of macula degeneration, cataracts, and retinal problems in people with diabetes. Vitamin E can also improve...
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Vitamin B9 (folic acid) Folic acid, or folate, is essential for a number of reasons. Primarily, it is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells. This is particularly important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as during infancy and pregnancy. Folate is needed to replicate DNA. Folate is required...
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Vitamin A Vitamin A (retinoids) is required for vision. In retina, light causes vitamin A to undergo chemical changes into electrical signals which are relayed to the brain. The brain then processes that information enabling us to interpret what we see. Vitamin A is also a critical component of the outer corneal surface as well, and...
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