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Vitamins and Calcium Supplements for healthy living

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Nutrition

What did you say? You do not take vitamin supplements because you think they are harmful? Theres an error. You are definitely making a mistake. It is true that the essential vitamins and minerals should come from the natural balanced diet you regularly follow. But it is also true that you will not get certain important nutrients from the vegetables and the fruits you consume daily.

How do you go for those micro nutrients that may not be found in the required amounts in your natural diets? How will your body cope up with such deficits? Compensation is a must or you wont be functioning well. A body is after all a machine and you are responsible to keep it energetic for its well functioning.

So taking the proper amount of supplements of the necessary vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is as essential as you follow the regular chart of necessary items in your daily diet. These wont cause you any harm. But before you go for the supplements you have to know the proper dosage of these supplements so that you do not intake too much of them. Here are several helpful tips you can follow.

Researches show that many necessary nutrients are available in the form of multivitamin supplements. Sometimes these supplements are also used for the treatment of several diseases like, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis etc. folic acid is very much important for the infants.

Infants, whose mothers begin taking supplements of folic acid before their conception, are less likely to develop the birth defects like spine bifida etc. Folic acid also plays an important role in lowering the levels of homocysteine that is related to the increase of the cardio vascular diseases and Alzheimers. Again, if you are alcoholic, it is very important to you to take the folic acid because it helps to reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer.

Dont ignore Vitamin B12 as well because with your age the ability to intake Vitamin B12 from the regular natural diet becomes weak. So you have to take the supplements of this vitamin to fulfill your bodys requirements. And vegetarians must take vitamin B12 supplemented food as it is primarily found in the animal products.

Vitamin E along with the other vitamins is a very important nutrient again for you, because it lowers the risks of your developing the heart diseases. In fact vitamin E is an anti oxidant and it protests in the oxidation of the LDL cholesterol that is responsible for the increased risks of the heart attacks. Many foods are there which are rich with vitamin E, but sometimes adequate amount may not be found in the vegetables and the fruits and then you need to take the supplements. So you must be aware of the proper dosage of the supplements required for you. Too much of vitamin E supplements can also become toxic for you.

You also need calcium for building your bones stronger and also for the contraction of your muscles. Calcium is required even for the normal nervous functions. You can get the adequate amount of this mineral from the foods like green vegetables, Soya beans, fortified soy milk etc. But if you do not like milk, you will have to take the supplements of calcium.

Calcium is the building block of growth and its maintenance. In this process vitamins play as catalysts but without them the whole development is brought down. Its a general vision for all that always supply your body with adequate amount of vitamins and calcium to live a healthy life.