Today’s busy, often fast-paced lifestyle has spurred the development of disease conditions never before seen in the face of the earth. Majority of these health conditions still baffle the scientific community as to why and how these conditions are presenting themselves just now. While today’s technological advancements already allows for the easy identification of potential health problems, establishing the correct causal relationships takes more than mere algorithmic calculations.
Unfortunately, the way people lead their lives today are not making the determination of disease causation that much easier. Many prefer instantly available food simply because they no longer have the time to actively buy ingredients for home-cooked dishes. This has led to the rise in multi-nutrient deficiencies. Whereas in the past people could easily identify someone who is vitamin A deficient simply by looking at his eyes, nowadays it has become increasingly more complex.
Add to this the very troublesome lifestyle of many modern men and women – smoking, life full of stress, alcohol, illicit drugs, lack of exercise – you name it and the list can simply go on for miles. This has resulted in a cornucopia of multi-nutrient deficiencies. The inadequate consumption of highly nutritious foods compounded by a very stressful and unhealthy lifestyle has definitely contributed to the proliferation of multi-nutrient deficiencies.
Preventing Vitamin D to avoid Human Growth Hormone Deficiency
Cholecalciferol, or Vitamin D, is one of the most poorly understood nutrients around. Aside from the popular notion that the most effective source of Vitamin D is the sun, which of course is not entirely true, there is simply nothing else that many can equate it with. Sunlight does not provide Vitamin D. And it would be wise to correct this now. However, sunlight is needed in order to stimulate the precursor of Vitamin D, the previtamin D3. The ultraviolet B photons of sunlight are absorbed by the dehydrocholesterol molecules in the skin. These are converted into pre-vitamin D3 and eventually Vitamin D. so, the next time somebody tells you to get your Vitamin D from the sun, immediately correct the misconception.
Vitamin D is important for bone development simply because it affects the way the body absorbs calcium and phosphorus. Among adults, a deficiency in vitamin D can lead to osteomalacia which is characterized by tenderness of the bone as well as bone pain.
Now aside from UV stimulation, cholecalciferol or Vitamin D can be found in meats, eggs, and soya products. Oily fish like sardines, mackerel, and salmon are also rich in Vitamin D. Some dairy products, breakfast cereals, fat spreads, and even infant formula milk have been known to be fortified with cholecalciferol. However, in most cases, especially today, the best source will be Vitamin D supplementation.
Preventing Multiple Vitamin B-Complexes
There are 8 B-vitamins. These are thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folic acid, and cyanocobalamin. These nutrients are responsible for many cellular processes especially those related to metabolism.
Thiamine is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, maintenance of nerve function, and in the production of RNA and DNA. Riboflavin is important in the oxidation of fatty acids as well as energy production. Niacin is important in the metabolism of glucose, alcohol, and fats. Pantothenic acid oxidizes carbohydrates and fatty acids as well as the biosynthesis of amino acids, cholesterol, and steroid hormones as well as neurotransmitters, phospholipids, and antibodies. Pyridoxine plays a major role in the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters as well as the production of amino acids. Biotin is responsible for carbohydrate-, protein-, and fat- metabolism. Folic acid is excellent in the metabolism of nucleic acids as well as the production of erythrocytes. Cyanocobalamin is important in blood cell production especially in the bone marrow. It is also important in nerve impulse conduction.
Deficiencies in any of these vitamins can lead to widespread bodily changes that can include nervous system disorders, hematologic conditions, and dermatologic conditions. These can lead to encephalopathy, dementia, beriberi, cheilosis, seborrheic dermatitis, pseudo-syphilis, pellagra, paresthesias, acne, epilepsy, anemia, peripheral neuropathy, and in severe cases, even death.
To prevent these, it is best to include whole foods that have been unprocessed because these naturally have higher levels of Vitamin B complex compared to their heavily processed variants. Excellent sources of Vitamin B complex include tuna, liver, and turkey. Good sources of Vitamin B complex include legumes, potatoes, bananas, whole grains, tempeh, chili peppers, brewer’s yeast, molasses, and nutritional yeast.
Preventing Deficiencies in the Other Vitamins
Vitamins A, C, E, and K are equally important. Vitamin A is needed to prevent night blindness as well as hyperkeratosis. Excellent sources are liver and yellow and orange vegetables. Fish, milk, leafy vegetables, and soya milk are also good choices.
Vitamin C is needed to prevent scurvy as well as to maintain cellular integrity and boost the immune system. Excellent sources include citrus fruits, vegetables, and liver.
Vitamin E is needed for healthy skin and immune system. Deficiencies in Vitamin E can lead to sterility, abortions, and hemolytic anemia, especially among the newborn. Excellent sources of Vitamin E include legumes, nuts, seeds, and fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin K is important for blood clotting. Without it, individuals can get easily bruised and bleed easily. Excellent choices are egg yolks, green leafy vegetables, and liver.
The Bottom Line
Preventing vitamin deficiencies require a steady supply of nutritious food. However, if this is not sufficient, then other sources must be considered, lest you suffer any of the deficiency conditions described here.
Originally posted 2016-01-23 13:30:32.