Reducing Sodium Intake

Sodium is an important electrolyte mineral necessary for many functions in your body. It has an important role in maintaining water balance within cells, and is involved in proper functioning of both nerve impulses and muscles within your body. When a muscle cell receives a signal from a nerve telling it to fire, that muscle cell responds […]

Powering up With Potassium

Potassium, sodium, and chloride, are called electrolyte minerals, because they conduct electricity when dissolved in water. These minerals work together closely. About 95% of the potassium in your body is stored within your cells, while sodium and chloride are predominantly located outside your cells. Potassium helps: Regulate muscle contraction, including heart rythym Regulate nerve transmission, […]

Enjoying Excellent Health With Viatmin E

Vitamin E is a family of at least eight structurally related fat-soluble vitamins that are active throughout your body. When the first research was conducted on vitamin E early in the 19th century, one type of vitamin E, alpha tocopherol, appeared more important since it was necessary for successful pregnancy and production of offspring. For […]

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Photosynthesizing Sufficient “Vitamin” D

Vitamin D is not a true vitamin. It’s a hormone that organisms have been photosynthesizing for over 750 million years as a result of exposure to sunlight. Our human ancestors evolved near the equator and had dark skin appropriate for the intense solar radiation. As humans migrated from the equator to higher latitudes, lighter skinned […]

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Finding Foods with Folate

Folate, also called folic acid, folacin, or vitamin B9, is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin that is essential for human growth and development. It is made up of three components: para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), glutamic acid, and pteridine. The latter two components explain the technical chemical name for folate: pteroylmonoglutamate. Because folate is one of the most chemically […]

Becoming Aware of Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin.  It is one of the best-studied of all B vitamins and has one of the greatest varieties of chemical forms, including pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, pyridoxine phosphate, pyridoxal phosphate, and pyridoxamine phosphate. First researched in the mid-1930’s, the vitamin was originally referred to as “antidermatitis factor,” because skin inflammation (dermatitis) seemed to […]