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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Nutritional Supplements on Teenagers

There are some parents who are worried about the effectiveness of nutritional supplements on teenagers. Here, we’ll look at ways that teens can safely take advantage of vitamins and nutritional supplements without causing any harmful side effects.

Teens Should Work with Parents

Moms and dads should absolutely be a part of the decision to put a teenager on nutritional supplements and vitamins. Even if the young person just wants to beef up his or her daily regimen of vitamins E and C, parents should always be a part of the process. That way, everyone knows what the teen is taking.

Teens Should Talk with Their Physicians

If your son or daughter is into sports and has a desire to try creatine or another muscle-building nutritional supplement, it’s important to encourage him or her to talk with a physician or naturopath. Often, kids just hear about nutritional supplements from their friends, but they don’t really understand how or why they work. By getting some basic education, teens can make informed decisions. (For example, creatine has been known to help gain weight, which can be good for a skinny boy but devastating to an already-overweight girl.)

Teens Need to Be Concerned with Interactions

You may not know that your teen is on birth control, but if she is, she needs to be concerned with how her daily medication could interact or interfere with nutritional supplements and vitamins. The same goes for the teenager who is on diet pills or takes prescription migraine medications.

Whether you are certain your son or daughter is taking medications or not, you should urge him or her to investigate possible complications. After all, who wants to have something terrible happen? Truthfully, it’s often merely a matter of absorption (for instance, birth control pills can leech some nutrients from vitamins or make absorbing nutritional supplements difficult), but sometimes more serious concerns can develop from nutritional supplement and herb interactions.

Teens Should be Well-Informed

Just because a teen is still a child doesn’t mean that he or she shouldn’t understand what a nutritional supplement is going to do to the body. Make sure your kid knows how practical it is to investigate any nutritional supplements and vitamins before committing to purchasing them. You will not only be proud that he or she took the time to do so, you’ll also be relieved knowing that your son or daughter isn’t simply making a “fly by night” health choice.

No, you cannot hold your child’s hand throughout the years. But if you give him or her the tools to make good decisions throughout life, he or she will likely live an existence more in tune with nature.


About Coenzyme Q10

coenzyme Q10 has been widely used in Japan since 1974 as a drug for the treatment of the congestive heart failure which is a characteristic degenerative disease of old age, and for other cardiovascular problems. The heart tissue of patients with congestive heart failure characteristically shows signs of increased oxidation – i.e. free radical damage, and coenzyme Q10 is widely recognised as a powerful anti-oxidant, the most important defense against free radicals.

For those not medically trained the high concentration of coenzyme Q10 within the heart might be evidence enough of its crucial importance to this vital organ, and it’s also found in high concentrations in the brain, kidney and liver, equally vital organs which demand abundant supplies of energy.

But despite conceding coenzyme Q10’s value as an excellent anti-oxidant, conventional Western medicine is still reluctant to draw the obvious conclusion and prescribe it as a treatment for congestive heart failure or other diseases.

However, coenzyme Q10 is recognised in the US as a safe and effective nutritional supplement. In fact it’s commonly described as a fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance and is even sometimes known as vitamin Q10. But this restriction of its definition to that of a supplement should not be taken as lessening its value in any way.

Coenzyme Q10 has also been shown to have positive effects in retarding the advance of Parkinson’s disease, in reducing migraine headaches, in lowering blood pressure and to be of benefit for various cardiovascular conditions, including atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

The anti-oxidant properties of coenzyme Q10 are also very important in their own right, and it’s active in every cell in tackling free radicals. Being fat soluble, coenzyme Q10 also appears to move easily within the cells’ fatty tissues, such as membranes, preventing damage from the lipid peroxidation of these tissues caused by free radical attack. Coenzyme Q10 appears to be particularly effective against superoxides; these are the most damaging type of free radical because they’re released upon the metabolism of oxygen within cells, literally with every breath we take.

Worse still; superoxides react with other by-products of energy production to form hydroxyl, the most pernicious free radical of all, and to attack the mitochondria of the cells themselves. Since it is the mitochondria which ultimately produce the energy for all the body’s vital reactions, mitochondrial damage due to free radicals can only mean the production of less and less energy, and the gradual deterioration and degeneration of the entire organism. It has consequently been argued that the rate of mitochondrial damage is the key to the rate of aging itself.

And by one of life’s cruel ironies, just as the rate of free radical damage increases with advancing age, so the body’s rate of production of coenzyme Q10 decreases. Production actually appears to peak as early as around the age of 20 or thereabouts, and declines gradually thereafter, but with the rate of decline accelerating after age 40. By the age of 80, the average person is probably only producing a little over half of their peak levels. And this is just at the time when the ability to absorb other anti-oxidants from food is also declining rapidly.

The lesson appears clear: to maintain maximum youthful vigour for as long as possible it’s necessary to ensure the maximum possible supply of coenzyme Q10 throughout life.

Unfortunately, good food sources of coenzyme Q10 are hard to come by unless you’re a fan of offal, such as beef liver, or oily fish, like sardines. And even if you’re one of those who can stomach these foods, you’re unlikely to want to eat them in the kind of quantities you’d need to make a significant difference to the amount of coenzyme Q10 in your cells.


Supplements for Healthy Skin

Taking nutritional supplements of vitamins, minerals and some herbs go a lot further to providing anti-aging benefits than many expensive face creams and ointments.

Take Vitamin A for example. This handy vitamin treats acne and contains anti-aging benefits in the form of Retin-A, and smoothes out wrinkles and improves skin texture by plumping skin cells and revitalizing growth of collagen. Vitamin B-complex is also great for skin care, as is Vitamin E. Vitamin E and A should be taken together to provide optimal benefits, for their both work and react together to keep skin tissues healthy. In addition, Vitamin E has been found to drastically reduce the number of wrinkles and improve skin texture in guided laboratory tests in recent years. And believe it or not, Vitamin C is not just for colds. This vitamin packs a punch and enables the body to fight inflammation, prevent free-radical damage (the bad stuff that causes cell destruction) and acts as an anti-oxidant that helps create collagen. No need to get those injections, just get your vitamin nutritional supplements!

Many women fighting the battle against aging are also taking estrogen nutritional supplements, which helps to reduce dryness of the skin and reduces fine wrinkles. One of the best things people can to do prevent skin conditions and premature aging is to resist the urge to sunbathe and to always wear sun block with outside, especially during the hot summer months. Nutritional supplements that contain the right mixtures of many vitamins and minerals help to protect the skin against many free radicals that can cause skin damage, and even some cancers. Free radicals are also the enemy to youthful, fresh looking skin, and causes accelerated rates of aging in many. Vitamins and minerals like Vitamins E and C, as well as the mineral Selenium help to decrease the harmful effect of the sun on skin cells and can help to prevent further damaging.

In fact, doctors have noted that the use of selenium nutritional supplements shows promising results in the fight against skin cancer as well as several other types of cancer. Taken orally, supplements of 50 to 200 micrograms daily can offer interior protection against those damaging rays. Be advised however, that taking some nutritional supplements, while helping to protect the skin, are not by any means to be considered as a replacement to sun block lotions or creams, nor as an anti-cancer drug.

Because today’s generation is more aware of the damages of sun worshiping than our parents and grandparents were, it is possible that, due to the use of skin protection and proper use of nutritional supplements and minerals that this generation may actually see a reduction in the number of melanoma and other skin cancer cases diagnosed and treated this decade.

Proper skin care means watching the health of your skin, and protecting and nourishing it on a daily basis. A good nutritional supplement such as a multi vitamin can do wonders not only for your insides but your outsides as well.