When I, about 35 years ago, still worked as a nurse, vitamin D was one of the dangerous vitamins you should be careful not to overdose. One of my exam questions for final exam as a health visitor was that I should inform patients about the danger of overdose. This situation is still in my head every time I handle a vitamin D over the counter. I am glad that our knowledge is not static, but constantly under development, which I hope may be the case in many other similar situations.
Right now it seems that vitamin D is essential for our overall health. In particular, there are several studies showing that if you’re missing vitamin D you may increase the risk of some cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, impaired immune system, cardiovascular disease and certain forms of arthritis, etc. Perhaps vitamin D is so important to the immune system that, with the proper dosage, you can greatly reduce the risk of respiratory infections. So maybe it might be goodbye to the flu. Since vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, there are researches showing that vitamin D, when dissolved in an oil mixture gives the best bioavailability. It is estimated that approx. half of the Danes are lacking vitamin D. For example this vitamin can be taken as D-pearls from Pharma Nord or vitamin D from Tolonen.
Selenium- a mineral keeping youth
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant and a vital trace mineral with rejuvenating properties. It helps to prevent malicious virus escaping into the cells where it is spreading death and destruction. Many researchers believe that selenium rejuvenating effect is attributed to its ability to stimulate production of the enzyme glutathione
With age, the body’s selenium deposits are reduced. Researchers have shown that selenium levels in the blood falls by 7% after 60 years of age and by 24% after 75 years of age.
People with low selenium levels in their blood have more heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Specifically, low selenium content is associated with lung, prostate and colorectal cancer. Selenium may help to rejuvenate the immune system, and some even suggest that selenium may help to prolong life.
Studies have also shown that selenium may lower anxiety spells. So if you are afraid of getting old, it might be a good idea with a little supplement of selenium.
The best results occur when selenium and vitamin E are given together.
Nail problems in the form of frayed or split nails can be a sign of selenium deficiency. Best results are often obtained when combined with Selenium Zinc.
When everything good has been said about Selenium, it must be noted that selenium overdose can cause liver damage and hair loss. So, always observe the specified dosage, although a state of intoxication usually only happens at doses of more than 2,500 micrograms daily.
Iron is one of the most important life-trace minerals for us. It is part of haemoglobin and is essential for oxygen transport in the body. It helps to improve resistance against infection and helps with learning and growth. If you take Vitamin C together with an iron product you improve iron absorption. If you need iron, you should fortify your diet, but after that iron supplements should be stopped, otherwise the iron is deposited in various organs where it is not desired. If you have a high consumption of alcohol, then beware of that the deposit of iron can increase in your organs.
Loss of appetite
Many older people say they do not feel hungry. When they eat less they do not get so many nutrients and often suffer, for example, from a shortage of zinc. Lack of zinc brings a loss of appetite, and then we start this vicious circle which must be broken.
Good strong bones
You get good strong bones by keeping yourself physically active and fit. A body that gets daily exercise retains more calcium in its bones. Daily exercise release ATP, which forces the rebuilding of bone. Remember that it is never too late to strengthen bones regardless of age. It may be wise to take a supplement with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Never take calcium without also taking magnesium.
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