Functions of Vitamin C & side effects of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is included in a range of skin care preparations ranging from toners and cleansers to serums, moisturizers and eye creams. It can deliver a range of benefits to skin. Skin care specialists recommend the inclusion of antioxidants in your skin care routine and Vitamin C is one that not only delivers, but that also has significant clinical research to back up its efficacy.

Vitamin C plays a vital rule in producing collagen, the key protein in the body’s connective tissue including our cartilage, ligaments, and bones. As many skin cream ads say, collagen also controls our skin’s elasticity and strength. Without enough collagen, our tissues become so feeble and damaged, that we develop a condition known as Scurvy. Although this condition can be fatal, you’re unlikely to develop it with a modern diet.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin which is essential for normal functioning of the body. Unlike most mammals, humans don’t have the ability to make their own vitamin C. We must therefore obtain vitamin C through our diet.

Signs of vitamin c deficiency

Some of the more common signs of mild Vitamin C Deficiency include weakness, lassitude, swollen gums, nosebleeds and scurvy. Possible reasons which can result in this deficiency include inadequate diet, alcoholism and homelessness. There are some other risk factors which can ultimately result in Vitamin C Deficiency. Babies borne from women who take higher levels of Vitamin C during late pregnancy are two to three times more likely to develop wheezing when they reach two years of age.

The use of vitamin C in the prevention/treatment of the common cold and respiratory infections remains (Read more ...)

Crohns Medication Does It Help

If you’re one of the unfortunate individuals that has to deal with Crohn’s disease, you understand exactly how life-changing it can be. Although many of us may try to help the situation by making lifestyle changes, there may be times when we need to seek out some Crohn’s medication. This is especially the case if the problem that we are dealing with becomes chronic as Crohn’s is not only an inconvenience, it can be life-threatening in certain situations.

The most popular type of Crohn’s medication that is prescribed is an anti-inflammatory drug such as prednisone. This stands to reason because Crohn’s is really a disease that causes inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract. Often, this inflammation can extend beyond the digestive tract which is one of the reasons that Crohn’s disease is such a serious problem. Although prednisone, a corticosteroid, can work wonders for Crohn’s, the side effects can be equally devastating. If possible, one should limit both the length and duration of this drug.

Aside from that, a doctor might prescribe an antibiotic or an immune system suppressor for you as these have been shown to help in many cases. Of course, immune suppressors have their side effects too. The patient must be vigilant in making sure his immune system does not become too compromised from these drugs or a seemingly minor infection could lead to dangerous consequences.

There are also other types of Crohn’s medication which can be taken, such as laxatives if you become constipated or antidiarrheal medication if your Crohn’s disease is very active. You might also be able to take over-the-counter pain medication to help deal with the spasms that are caused in the lining of (Read more ...)

Crohns Treatment Prednisone

Prednisone is a drug used quite often to treat Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Part of a class of drugs known as corticosteroids, prednisone is similar to cortisol which is produced by the adrenal gland. Once hailed as a ‘miracle’ drug, this thought has been tempered by prednisone’s many side effects which usually get worse over time or as the dosage is increased. Prednisone works by reducing inflammation in the body and inflammation is the main cause of pain for sufferers of Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

Long term usuage or high doses can lead to many side effects including weight gain, mood swings, increased hair growth, bone density loss, facial mooning, acne, night sweats, headaches, lower resistance to infections, increased eye pressure, depression, and many more too numerous to mention. Each of these can have profound psychological effects on patients who have no choice but to take prednisone for their inflammatory bowel disease.

Mood swings and depression are especially damaging to a patient with inflammatory bowel disease. Depression further alienates the patient who may already feel very much alone due to the illness which may affect treatment or the patient’s ability to get and remain on a treatment program. Mood swings can have devastating effects such as increased anger taken out unknowingly upon friends and loved ones at a time when a Crohn’s patient needs all the support available.

Bone density loss can lead to brittle bones subject to breaking more easily if not caught early or by using preventative measures such as taking calcium with vitamin D supplements. If not detected early, drugs like fosamax which help the body absorb calcium may be necessary. What young man or woman (Read more ...)

How Do I Get Rid Of Old Acne Scars?

This is a very common question from people all over the world, irrespective of race or color. Believe it or not, there is an amazing treatment for this using a magic product from the Melanesian islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. However, before I talk about how to get rid of old Acne scars, I want to deal with how to get rid of Acne fast. If you know how to cure Acne fast, then the likelihood of Acne scars developing is substantially reduced.

While you can buy antibacterial agents, oral antibiotics and chemical-based topical products from your local pharmacy or chemist, these seldom completely cure Acne. In fact, some medications can, in some cases, worsen the condition. Some sections of the medical profession go so far as to say that there is no such thing as an Acne cure. Their view seems to be that the best that can be achieved is the “control of Acne” and in some instances, Acne prevention.

Others will tell you that you can get rid of Acne simply by cutting down or cutting out processed foods, fatty foods (such as potato chips and french fries), sugar and dairy products. They’ll tell you to make some changes in your lifestyle, particularly your diet. Recommendations range from cutting out the consumption of soft drinks and soda completely (irrespective of whether they are sugared or so-called diet sodas), choosing steamed vegetables over stir-fried, using honey instead of refined sugar, eating more fruits and/or nuts and drinking lots of water. Personal cleanliness is also recommended to reduce the spread (as distinct from the cause) of Acne.

These recommendations are not only good for your health, but should improve the general condition of your skin. However they may not be enough, on their own, to cure Acne. To (Read more ...)

For cholesterol management, some knowledge about fats is very essential. This helps to manipulate fat intake. Some fats are good and necessary for the body, while others are harmful.

The fats that we intake as part of our daily diet, play an important role in our body. Apart from making the food more delicious, they help in proper growth and development of the body. Fats are also required for the absorption of the vitamins (A, D, E, and K), but fats can increase the cholesterol level in the body and affect the heart. One must therefore eat the right kind of fats in the right proportion for a healthy heart instead of taking no fats at all. Here is a classification of fats:

Bad Fats
Saturated fats: They are found in foods such as full-fat milk, cheese, butter, meat, eggs, biscuits, cakes, potato crisps, and many more. Saturated fats are not good for your heart as they increase blood cholesterol and it leads to the risk of heart diseases. Therefore, it becomes necessary to substitute saturated fatty acids with polyunsaturated fatty acids. Unsaturated fats are mainly found in unsaturated vegetable oils such as sunflower, olive and canola and margarine spreads.

For a healthy heart, you can use these oils for frying and also in salads and margarine instead of butter. These foods are the main sources of essential fatty acids. Polyunsaturated fats comprise 75-90 percent of fatty acids, they also contain Vitamin E and Vitamin D. Unsaturated fatty acids help in lowering blood cholesterol level.

Trans fats: They are naturally found in animal foods from ruminants such as butter, milk and meats. It is advised to decrease the intake of trans fats, as they reduce ‘good’ HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol (Read more ...)

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