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100_5087The importance of a multiple vitamin should provide you with the basic vitamin and minerals.  It can help build a strong foundation for maintaining good health and proper nutrition. Antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin A (Beta-Carotene), Vitamin C, E and Selenium. Multiple vitamins with plenty of B vitamins like Folic Acid which provides dietary support for a healthy cardiovascular system. Your multiple vitamins should also include traces of minerals with ample zinc. Even through minerals plays an important role in our health, Iron is also crucial. Supplements are available with or without iron. Herbs and other ingredients can be found in multiple vitamins as well.

Be sure to choose the best multiple that will fit your needs. Women and men have their own specific ingredients. For those who are vegetarians, high/low cholesterol, diabetic and more…please pay close attention of your intake. Age description plays a big role in our multiple quantity intakes as well as a potency vitamin that offers balanced support. Be aware of your dosage intake.

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Water –soluble: These vitamins are absorbed directly into the blood stream, they circulate through the body in water filled areas, and excess amounts are excreted from the body and must be replenished regularly.

 

Fat-soluble: These vitamins are transported through the body via the lymph system then to the blood, stored in the liver and fat cells throughout the body and are less likely to be excreted from the body.

*The potency of vitamins can be reduced due to poor storage or over cooked foods.

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100_5098Protein…protein…protein… “Amino Acids are the Building Blocks of Protein!”  There are 2 types of Amino’s Acids: (Essential and Non-Essential)
Essential Amino Acid: There are 9 amino acids that are considered essential to the human body. The human body can not make sufficient amounts to meet the requirements. At times it can not make any at all which make us responsible to supply these amino’s by food consumption or supplement intake.

 

 

Non- Essential Amino Acids: There are 11 common amino acids. The human body can synthesize them itself from nitrogen, carbohydrates and fats.

(BCAA) Branched-Chain Amino Acid
There are 3 Amino Acids from the Essential group that are considered the Branched-Chain Amino Acid or BCAA, Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine. It makes up1/3 of muscle protein and serves as a source of alanine and glutamine, amino acids that are lost from the body during and after exercise. BCAA help to preserve glycogen and also helps to reduce the amount of protein breakdown.

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Compound made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. (Simple & Complex) Carbohydrates are our main energy source. Carbohydrates are classified as simple or complex. The classification depends on the chemical structure of the food, and how quickly the sugar is digested and absorbed. Carbohydrate choices include bread, grains, and starchy vegetables; fruits; dairy products; and sweets. These foods break down into sugar in our blood, which is then stored and used for energy.

Simple: Simple carbohydrates have one (single) or two (double) sugars.  Carbs that are (already broken down) and go straight into the bloodstream. Includes; honey, jams, table sugar, candies, soft drink, fruit juices and syrup. Also, Glucose (dextrose) simple sugar.
Complex: Complex carbohydrates have three or more sugars. Compounds of long strings of many simple sugars linked together. Larger molecules that (must be broken down). Both types most be broken down and converted into glucose, before your body is able to absorb and use it for energy.  Foods; pasta, grains, breads, cereal, legumes, and vegetables.

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Keeps the digestive system functioning, which helps improve metabolism. Besides the beneficial role that fiber plays in relieving constipation, fiber is also helpful by filling you up during meals and lowering blood cholesterol levels. Fiber can be found in whole grain breads and cereals, fruits, and vegetables. Since high fiber foods provide some extra bulk to your diet, these foods break down much more slowly, which helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels? By including high fiber foods in your diet, you will be improving your health and also gaining control over your blood sugar level.

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But too much can result in high blood pressure, and your body will retain excess water. Sodium does not control blood sugar levels directly, but it does play a role with the association of hypertension and diabetes. It will be essential for you to follow a low-sodium diet. Eat more fresh foods and less canned, processed items.

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There are 3 types of fats: Saturated, Monounsaturated, and Polyunsaturated fats.

Every diet should contain less of the saturated fats, which can be found in meats, dairy products, and hard shortenings. These fats can raise your blood cholesterol levels. The best fats are monounsaturated fats, which can be found in olive, peanut, and canola oils. The polyunsaturated fats found in corn oil, soybean, and safflower oils are also good choices. Fish (Omega 3 Fatty Acid) reduce the risk of heart disease.
After you eat, fat travels into the bloodstream. Fat is an energy source, so therefore you will need insulin to store fat in the cells of your body. So some fat is good. Fat included with meals, in moderation, will help break down the food you eat to be used as energy. Fat is in margarine, butter, oil, salad dressings, nuts, seeds, milk, meat, snack foods, and desserts.

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Digestive_Enzyme_325mg_50__summProblems with Gas and Bloating! Digestive enzymes are necessary. The body usually produces these enzymes on its own. If the enzymes are insufficient, the nutrients from food may pass through the digestive system without being fully digested.

Being lactose intolerance is the most common enzyme deficiency. The inability to digest the milk sugar lactose can cause bloating, gas, abdominal distress and even diarrhea. By avoiding milk and dairy, these problems may cease. If you do suffer from lactose intolerance, tablets containing the enzyme Lactase can be taken when consuming dairy foods. The vitamin Calcium and D vitamin are a necessity.
6 Types of ENZYMES & the Aids in the Digestion:

PROTEIN
The body uses protein for growth, maintenance, and energy. Protein is found in meats, poultry, fish, milk and other dairy products, eggs, beans, peas, and lentils. Starches and vegetables also have small amounts of protein. Lean meats and low-fat dairy products are the better diet choices to help prevent high blood cholesterol levels.
Our whole body is all made up of Protein as well. In order for us to function, these working proteins are a must:
* Enzymes: Protein that facilitate and accelerate chemical reaction.      
   Each enzyme performs in the body individually.
* Antibodies: Proteins that helps fight illness and disease which is
   found in the red blood cells.
* Hemoglobin: Protein that transport oxygen throughout the body.
* Hormones (most): Protein that regulate body functions by signaling
   enzymes such as equalizing blood-sugar levels, insulin levels, and
   growth.
* Growth and Maintenance Protein: Proteins that serves as building
    materials for the growth and repairs of body tissues.

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*Consult a nutritionist to find out what best fit your needs.

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