Vitamin D for Macular Degeneration

February 20, 2013

Vitamin D levels may reduce risk of macular degeneration. According to a study done by the University at Buffalo in New York, higher concentrations of Vitamin D may be associated with a reduced likelihood of developing early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in women younger than 75 years of age. This is just one of the recent findings – other health benefits of maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D include reduction in chronic pain and improvement in mood and memory. Recommended doses have recently increased, and patients should take supplements containing vitamin D3. Ask our pharmacist to help you select the vitamin D3 supplement that is best for you.


Coenzyme Q10

July 19, 2010

Coenzyme Q10 plays an important role in the production of energy within certain cells in the human body, particularly heart cells. Coenzyme Q10 is also an antioxidant. Many athletes use low levels of coenzyme Q10 to alleviate the the build up of metabolic byproducts brought on by rigorous physical activities.

Coenzyme Q10 provides many benefits to the cardiovascular system. In addition to strengthening heart cells it also helps to maintain healthy blood vessels. There is also evidence that coenzyme Q10 may be therapeutic in treating angina, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, cancer, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, and can promote healthy skin.

Always consult your physician before beginning supplementation with coenzyme Q10, especially if you are already taking medication intended to treat a cardiovascular condition.

Please take a look at our selection of products containing coenzyme Q10.

Vitamin D

June 28, 2010

Historically vitamin D has been recommended primarily to promote calcium absorption. While this is still a very important role that vitamin D plays, research suggests that vitamin D provides many additional health benefits.

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to, not only poor bone health, but also to muscle weakness, non-specific musculoskeletal pain, aggravation of autoimmune diseases, decreased cognitive function, and increased risk of heart disease. Additionally, evidence suggests that healthy vitamin D levels decrease the risk of certain types of cancer and can improve survivor rate after most types of cancer.

Vitamin D is primarily obtained through exposure to sunlight, but increased exposure to sunlight may not be the best course of action to fight vitamin D deficiency. Increased exposure to sunlight may increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer. There are very few foods in which vitamin D occurs naturally so it may be difficult to maintian healthy levels of vitamin D by diet alone. The Institute of Medicine recommends that children and adults up to age 50 receive 200 IU vitamin D per day, adults 51-70 years should receive 400 IU vitamin D per day, and adults over 71 years should receive 600 IU vitamin D per day.

If you have questions or concerns about your vitamin D intake consult your doctor and pharmacist.

You can find a selection of vitamin D products in our Vitamins section.

Vitamin C

March 1, 2010

Vitamin C is one of the most widely used nutritional supplements. Most animals can produce vitamin C naturally. Humans, on the other hand, cannot and must get vitamin C from other sources.

It is clear that vitamin C deficiency is harmful. Scurvy is a terrible condition that can cause bleeding gums, skin hemorrhage and easy bruising, weakened bones, poor wound healing, susceptibility to infection, and depression. Although most people get enough vitamin C in their normal diet to avoid the effects of scurvy, additional supplementation can have noticeable benefits.

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant. It is also one of the few supplements that encourages and protects other antioxidants in the body such as vitamin E and glutathione. Vitamin C provides many other benefits to the body. It is critical for the liver’s ability to detoxify substances that pass through the body. Vitamin C also reduces the risk of heart disease by preventing the oxidation of cholesterol. It is required for the production of collagen which is an important component of cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bone and blood vessels. One of the most common uses of vitamin C is to boost immunity. Vitamin C is very concentrated in the white blood cells, and increased activity of those cells and improves antibody response.

Most people who consume fruits and vegetable on a regular basis will not need vitamin C supplements, but for those requiring supplementation a general recommendation is that they take 500 milligrams a day. People who are dealing with a condition that can be helped by vitamin C can take much higher doses. Most people can take 2000 milligrams a day without experiencing any side effects. Vitamin C is non toxic, however, very high doses can cause diarrhea and digestive upset. These symptoms go away when the dose of vitamin C is decreased.

Please visit our store and check out our selection of excellent multi-vitamins that contain vitamin C as well as our antioxidants section.