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Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin C & Bioflavonoids
Bioflavinoids, are known to:
- Reduce inflammation from infections.
- Reduce the pain and swelling from arthritis or injuries.
- Fight all types of allergies, for people with sinus problems or migraines.
- Promote healing of injured muscles and tendons.
- Work very well with Vitamin C.
RB Cragin reported a study done at San Jose College. Half of the athletes on the football, soccer, track, and basketball team received Bioflavinoids and half received placebo pills. The athletes, coaches and doctors did not know who was receiving the Bioflavinoids and who was receiving the dummy, look-alike pill. Injuries were not only greatly reduced; the injuries they did receive healed 50 to 65% faster in the athletes taking Bioflavinoids.
Vitamin C has often been heralded as a cure for the common cold. Yet a recent study stated that Vit. C only reduced the length of the cold by about 14%. So what is the truth? That study was a scam. They only used 200 mg a day of Vit. C, and they still found a 14% reduction in the length of the cold! This would be the same as somebody taking 1/8 of a tablet of Advil or Aspirin for a headache and concluding it didn’t work. Imagine if they used the doses that are known to be effective, IE 4,000 to 8,000 mgs per day?
An eighth of a tablet of Advil just isn’t going to do the same thing as 2 tablets of Advil. In the 70’s and 80’s there were a number of studies on Vit. C and colds, and about half said Vit. C was great for colds and half said no difference. How can studies come to such opposite conclusions? If you go back and look up all those studies you will find that some measured if the Vit. C was helping by how the patient felt and others did viral cultures of the throat to see how long the infection lasted. The studies that used cultures showed that Vit. C did not shorten the cold. The studies that asked the patients how they were feeling concluded that Vit. C helped tremendously. So the truth is vitamin C makes you feel better by controlling the symptoms.
None of that should be a surprise to scientists, who have known for quite some time that Vit. C is a powerful antihistamine. In addition, Vit. C helps form connective tissue which means it will help heal injuries, and help to keep joints strong.
CBR by Source Naturals is the best source of Vit. C and bioflavinoids. I consider this a must for anybody with:
- back or neck pain
- or allergies.
Each tablet has 500 mg of Vit. C and 600 mg of Bioflavinoids. CBR is kind of a natural replacement for Advil and antihistamines.
Dose: 4 tablets twice day for maintenance. If your body is under any stress, (back or neck pain, a sprained joint, sore muscles, a cold, allergies, sinus problems, etc) you should take 4 tablets 4 to 6 times a day until you are back to normal. If you take CBR in these doses for your next cold you will feel better than people taking OTC cold remedies. Many people with sinus allergies can get it under control with CBR alone. You can get this fine product at Natural Pantry ( 250 tablets for $19.49) or from Fireweed Health Care (250 tablets for $20.00).
Vitamin D-The Sunshine Vitamin
Taking vitamin D every day may help to reduce or eliminate chronic pain due to back and neck problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, headaches and other types of pain.
In 22 studies of vitamin D, conducted with 3,670 participants,
- 48% to 100% of those with musculoskeletal pain displayed vitamin D deficiencies.
- With supplementation, almost all reported a lessening or complete elimination of bone and muscle pain.
Another study of 360 participants with back pain showed that:
- all had insufficient levels of vitamin D,
- and 95% showed relief after three months of supplementation, assuming there was no injury, such as a slipped disc.
In addition to musculoskeletal pain, Vit. D helps prevent:
- heart disease and death,
- and cancer.
Researchers have determined that more than half of the people in the United States, are deficient in vitamin D. The currently recommended intake of vitamin D – up to 600 IU per day – is outdated and too low.
- According to a recent study, most children and adults need at least 1,000 IU per day, and persons with chronic musculoskeletal pain would benefit from 2,000 IU or more per day of supplemental vitamin D3 (also called cholecalciferol).
- The Tolerable Upper Intake Level for oral Vit. D3 supplementation, which is the long-term dose expected to pose NO risk of adverse effects, is officially defined as 2,000 IU per day, however other experts have stated the safe limit is anywhere from 2,400 to 10,000 IU/day.
- New guidelines suggest 2,400 IU to 2,800 IU daily.
- Others suggest intake of up to 4,000 IU a day along with 1,000 mg of calcium, to help build bones.
- Published reports of Vit. D toxicity describe huge daily doses ranging from 160,000 IU/day up to 2.6 million IU/day consumed for days to years.
You can get some Vit. D from drinking milk, but you would have to drink around 50 glasses per day to get enough. The main source is sunshine. That is why Vit. D deficiency is more prevalent in northern climates like Alaska.
In mid day sun with lots of skin exposure you can get around 10,000 IU in a half hour during the summer. In a hotter climate you can produce around 20,000 IU’s in the amount of time it takes to get a slight reddening of the skin.
Lots of sunlight exposure, along with the outdoor activities that go along with it are an important part of your summer, from a physical and emotional health point of view. There are some studies that indicate the body is able to store up excess Vit. D produced during the summer, to get through the winter.
If there is any doubt that you are getting enough Vit. D, you should supplement.
Vitamin D comes in two forms, D2 and D3. You want to take the D3 form, also known as cholecalciferol. You need to read the label carefully and make sure you get Vit. D3, or cholecalciferol, because it works best for most people. I personally take 8,000 IU/day. You can purchase Vit. D anywhere that vitamins are sold. Make sure you get the right kind. You may want to get your blood level done first to help decide what dose to take. After taking Vit. D for a period of time you can repeat the blood test and make sure you are taking enough. Here are some local prices.
- Fireweed Health Care, Carlson, 120 soft gels, with 4,000 IU each for $19.00.
- Natural Pantry has the same product for $19.99,
- Fred Meyer has Simple Truth, 240 caps with 2000 IU for $12.69,
- GNC has 180 tablets of 5000 IU for $19.99,
- WalMart has Spring Valley, 5000 IU, bottle of 250 for $9.72,
- Costco has Kirkland brand, 600 caps of 2000 IU for $8.49.
Purchasing these products: our first recommendation is to use local suppliers. Natural Pantry has a huge selection and has always been our favorite. If it is hard for you to get out, or you prefer to shop online the following link has some excellent products.