Vitamins to maintain healthy liver. In most liver diseases specific micronutrients-vitamins and minerals-are affected, some of these micronutrients have specific functions in the liver, promoting and preserving their health. Among them are:
It has antioxidant and helps the liver detoxify. The principal sources: fruits, citrus, kiwi, strawberry, red pepper and parsley among others.
Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin
Involved in the metabolism of lipids and proteins. It also has an antioxidant, combating oxidative damage of cells. The main sources are: green leafy vegetables, yeast, flaked corn, almonds or algae.
Only found as such in foods of animal origin, although the plant is found as provitamin A, in the form of carotenoids. The various carotenoids are converted in the human body and stored in the liver and fatty tissue of the skin, making it possible to survive long periods without their input.
Its main task is to protect the skin and eyes. It also participates in the development of enzymes in the liver and adrenal sex hormones.
The consumption of foods rich in vitamin A is recommended for people prone to respiratory infections, eye problems or skin dry and flaky.
Vitamins are substances that the body needs to live, the only vitamin synthesized by the body is vitamin D, except for this, the body needs an external power supply to get the rest of vitamins, because he can not produce by itself, or does it in insufficient quantities.
Without vitamins, the majority of chemical operations, which are produced in the body, could not perform, they are also essential for maintaining cell structure, good state of tissues, and a positive mental attitude. Tri-fold divided into: fat-soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins.
Fat-soluble vitamins are soluble in fatty substances, not easily altered and the body can store. Highlights of vitamin A, D, E and K
This is not a true vitamin, but this term is used to encompass unsaturated fatty acids have in common must be supplied in the diet because the body can not synthesize them.
Do not act as active substances that react with other compounds such as other vitamins, but become part of cell membranes as structural elements.
Also involved in the transport of oxygen in the blood, regulate blood clotting, and disperse the cholesterol deposited in the veins, in addition to nourish all skin cells.
Magnesium is an essential mineral in human nutrition for the many benefits it brings to the body. It ranks among the macro-called because their daily requirements are greater than 100 mg.
Although there are many benefits in magnesium, is known especially for contributing to the absorption of calcium and for being a powerful muscle relaxant. We know that is involved in various bodily functions such as production and transportation of energy and protein production performance of certain enzymes.
Magnesium helps maintain healthy nervous system, is a powerful natural tranquilizer that promotes sleep and relaxation, so it is recommended antidepressants and anti-stress treatments.
Other offers many benefits magnesium are: prevent kidney stones; decreases premenstrual pains to intervene in the hormonal balance, prevent premature birth, protects cardiovascular disease, controls intestinal flora and acts as a mild laxative and as an antacid.
Magnesium may be reduced considerably by refining processes and cooking foods that are submitted, as well as chemical fertilizers used in cultivation. Continue reading
There are three or four species of cranberry, classified in two sections:
* Oxycoccus or Oxycoccus Vaccinium palustris (Common Cranberry or Northern Cranberry). It is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere cold area, including northern Europe, northern Asia and North America.
The leaves are small, between 5 and 10 mm. The leaves are dark pink with a purple central spike, and grow on stems finely hairy. The fruit is a small pale pink berry, with a refreshing sharp taste sour.
* Vaccinium microcarpum or Oxycoccus microcarpus (small cranberry), which occurs in northern Europe and northern Asia, and differs in that the leaves are more triangular, and flower stems are hairless. Some botanists include it in V. oxycoccus.
* Vaccinium macrocarpon or Oxycoccus macrocarpus (American Cranberry) native to northern North America (eastern Canada and eastern United States, south of North Carolina at high altitudes). It differs from V. oxycoccus in the leaves are larger, between 10 and 20 mm in length, and taste slightly similar to the block.
* Vaccinium erythrocarpum or Oxycoccus erythrocarpus (mountain cranberry south), is native to southeastern North America at high altitudes in the southern Appalachian Mountains, and also in East Asia.
So it is a wild fruit in the form of berries, which are usually black-blue or red, which grows in mountainous areas, not too humid, or limestone, not too fertile.
Anthocyanins and carotenoids are abundant in the composition of all fruits. From the biochemical point of view are characterized by a high antioxidant activity; neutralize the action of free radicals that are harmful to the body.
These properties can lead to very different physiological effects, inflammatory and antibacterial effects of anthocyanins, among others. These fruits contain, in addition to the anthocyanins and carotenoids, other antioxidants such as vitamin C.
The dietary intake of these substances enhances our immune system or the body’s defenses and helps reduce the risk of degenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases and even cancer. Also, vitamin C has the ability to promote absorption of iron from food.
The name cranberry refers to a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs in the genus Vaccinium, subgenus Oxycoccus, although some botanists believe Oxycoccus a separate genus. They grow in acidic bogs in the colder areas of the Northern Hemisphere.
The cranberry bush is low, with stems of 10 cm or less, with thin stems and small evergreens. The flowers are dark pink, with distinctive petals “reflected” leaving the style and stamens fully exposed, pointing forward. The fruit is a berry-sized authentic than the leaves. It is initially white, but turns bright red when ripe.
Vitamin B1, or thiamine, is a water-soluble compound that acts as a coenzyme involved in obtaining energy from glucose.
Functions: It is needed to process carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Plays an important role in the functioning of the nervous system since neurons need vitamin B1 to function normally. On the other hand, thiamine also helps maintain the proper functioning of muscles and heart.
Sources: Vitamin B1 is widely distributed in a number of foods. Some of them are egg yolks, meat (especially pork), vegetables, fish, nuts and dairy products.
Fresh Soy is one of the richest food in thiamin, although the most important dietary source of this vitamin in the diet are whole grains.
Deficiency: thiamine deficiency is associated with several disorders such as loss of appetite, weakness, low mood, and most pronounced cases, depression, numbness of extremities, mental confusion, and tachycardia. All these events are symptoms of a disease called beriberi, caused by deficiency of vitamin B1 in the diet.
VITAMIN B2 – This water-soluble vitamin also known as riboflavin, is involved in enzymatic processes related to cellular respiration in tissue oxidation and fatty acid synthesis. Features: · spoke in transforming food into energy, vitamin is essential for the production of thyroid enzymes involved in this process. Helps maintain good eye health. Keep the good state of nervous system cells. · Is involved in the regeneration of body tissues (skin, hair, nails)·
Disorders that may occur in the body because of lack or deficiency of niacin are:
* Nervous disorders: a deficiency of this vitamin, can cause nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and the worst dementia.
* Problems in the digestive system: diarrhea, indigestion, itching in the rectum, thickened tongue and mouth sores. If the deficiency is minimal, appears to have bad breath.
* In the past, lack of vitamin B3, caused a disease called Pellagra. This happened because the power of the population was based on corn, cereal lacking tryptophan. Today this disease is eradicated in developed countries, but exists in countries in Africa and Asia.
The situations where niacin supplementation is necessary are:
* Poor circulation: in the limbs, hands and legs, niacin relaxes blood vessels, therefore useful for blood to flow optimally.
* Arthritis: Joint inflammation helps people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.