THIRTEEN VITAMINS I TAKE EACH DAY
Many people I met in June at the Lori Foster Event saw the baggies of vitamins I had. My husband takes his duties very seriously and one of them is making sure I take vitamins. He joked a while back that he should look up and do a TT for them and I told him to go for it. Keeping in mind of course that this morning alone, my baggie contains THIRTY vitamins (I do not kid) and he makes three such baggies for me to take each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lunch and dinner vitamin baggies contain about half the vitamins the morning bag does. So here it is… Thirteen Vitamins my dude gives me each day and he’s given links that talk about what they do, etc. Just click the name of the vitamin if you’re interested.
1. POMEGRANATE EXTRACT Researchers found that pomegranate juice not only appears to prevent hardening of the arteries by reducing blood vessel damage, but the antioxidant-rich juice may also reverse the progression of this disease.
2. GINKGO Although not definitive, there is promising early evidence favoring use of ginkgo for memory enhancement in healthy subjects.
3. OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS There is evidence from multiple large-scale population (epidemiologic) studies and randomized controlled trials that intake of recommended amounts of DHA and EPA in the form of dietary fish or fish oil supplements lowers triglycerides, reduces the risk of death, heart attack, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, and strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease, slows the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques (“hardening of the arteries”), and lowers blood pressure.
4. VITAMIN D A large daily dose of vitamin D can dramatically lower the risk of developing common cancers, including breast, ovarian and colon cancers, by up to 50 percent, according to American researchers.
5. TURMERIC A report appearing in the October, 2006 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease described the discovery of researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System that curcumin, a compound occurring in the spice turmeric, assists the immune system in the clearance of amyloid beta in the brain. Amyloid beta is a substance that accumulates in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients to form the plaques that are characteristic of the disease.
6. COENZYME Q10 (CoQ10) CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant which appears to have a particularly strong effect upon cardiac tissue.
7. ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID Lipoic acid is a potent antioxidant which appears to amplify the effects of other antioxidants. There is strong evidence for it being effective in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and good evidence it prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and may be protective, generally, against oxidative stress and, specifically, against atherosclerosis, ischemia-reperfusion injury and various radiologic and chemical toxins. There is less evidence that it might be helpful in some neurodegenerative conditions. There is preliminary evidence that it might have some immune-modulating effects. It has been suggested that lipoic acid may slow aging of the brain and that it may be an anti-aging substance, in general.
8. GREEN TEA: The September 13, 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association published a report by researchers in Japan that a high intake of green tea was associated with a reduction in mortality from all causes as well as from cardiovascular disease during an 11 year follow-up period.
9. ACETYL-L-CARNITINE ALCAR has well documented neuroprotective effects, some evidence of enhanced cognitive function due to its efficiency at transporting fatty acids to the brain where they are burned for energy and in one study was shown to actually promote the growth of new neurites in the brain.
10. L-THEANINE Theanine is an amino acid which crosses the blood-brain barrier and exerts psychoactive effects. There is excellent documentation that it stimulates the production of alpha brain waves which are associated with a relaxed but alert mental state.
11. RESVERATROL: Resveratrol has been shown in animal models to dramatically extend lifespans. A 2006 study showed that mice that were fed a high-calorie, high-fat diet to lived normal, active lives despite becoming obese when supplemented with resveratrol — the first time any compound has been shown to do that. Tests found that the agent activated a host of genes that protect against aging, essentially neutralizing the adverse effects of the bad diet on the animals’ health and longevity.
12. SPIRULINA: Spirulina is a micro-algae that is a good source of protein and vitamins. Concentrated into tablets, it is a convenient way to supplement the diet.
13. LUTEIN Lutein is an antioxidant with strong support for the ability to prevent age-related macular degeneration.