What Are Vitamins?

A vitamin is an organic compound and is a vital nutrient. It is only required in limited amounts but the human body cannot function properly if it is deficient in any one of the fourteen known vitamins.

An organic chemical compound is called a vitamin when the organism cannot synthesize the compound in sufficient quantities, and it must be obtained through the diet; thus, the term “vitamin” is conditional upon the circumstances and the particular organism. For example, ascorbic acid (one form of vitamin C) is a vitamin for humans, but not for most other animal organisms.

The body requires vitamins (virtually tasteless, organic compounds) in small amounts to maintain normal metabolic functions. Vitamins help regulate metabolism, convert energy into ATP, promote growth and reproduction, and help avoid serious conditions related to deficiency.

There are criteria for classifying vitamins: A compound is a vitamin when:1) it cannot be built in ample amounts by the body; and 2) physical symptoms have been linked to a chronic deficiency. In addition, replenishment of deficient vitamin removes symptoms of deficiency.

Why Use Supplements?

Vitamin supplements are important when you consider the dramatic reduction in nutrient content in most foods that are available in this country. Many health problems stem from a simple lack of bioactive vitamins in our food, not to mention mineral depletion. Ideally we should not have to supplement our diets with vitamins and minerals if the major cultivation practices were closer to what small farms have done for thousands of years. Sadly, this is not the case. There are growing numbers of people who see the benefit of small farming practices and are working towards implementing it and spreading awareness of this important issue. Getting all the original nutrients back into the soil and into the foods we eat is a much better solution than taking supplements!

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NATTOKINASE contains the purified enzyme Nattokinase derived from fermented soybeans acts to prevent fibrogen from attaching to the vascular walls and also helps to dissolve existing plaque deposits which contribute to cardiovascular disease. Thrombolytic Effect: Nattokinase dissolves existing thrombus (clotting) by dissolving the fibrin that binds platelets together. Nattō acts much like plasmin, the only enzyme produced by the human body that breaks down fibrin. As we age, our plasmin production decreases, making Nattō supplementation the ideal replacement. Nattokinase also enhances the body’s own production of plasmin and other blood clotting agents, including urokinase. Blood Pressure: Nattokinase has been shown to lower blood pressure levels. People in Japan have been eating Nattō for this purpose for hundreds of years. Studies have shown it lowers blood pressure by inhibiting angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). Ace causes blood vessels to narrow and blood pressure to rise. Nattokinase’s ability to inhibit ACE, therefore, has a lowering effect on blood pressure. Circulation Enhancement: Nattokinase has been shown to aid in blood flow by assisting in the clearing of circulation. It has also been shown to help prevent the hardening and narrowing of arteries. Thrombotic clogging of the cerebral blood vessels has been identified as a major factor leading to senile dementia. Other thrombotic diseases include cerebral hemorrhage, cerebral infarction, cardiac infarction, angina pectoris and hemorrhoids. The amazing thrombolytic effect of Nattokinase holds much promise for those suffering from these conditions
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