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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VARICOSIN contians bioflavinoids and other potent antioxidants. Present in this supplement is the naturally-occuring, individually-resolved flavone, catechin with a standardized concetration of catechin gallate and epigallocatechin. Ellagic acid known for their pharmalogical activity as well as potential anti-oxidant, anti-radical and anti-mutagenic activities. Ellagic acid is not the only phenolic in fruits and vegetables (phytonutrients) that may have preventive or therapeutic activities on the cancer process. Hydroxycinnamic acids also possess potential chemoprenetive properties. With respect to biomarkers of tumor initiation, ellagic acid has been shown to inhibit the metabolic activation of carcinogenic compounds (polcyclic hydrocarbons, nitroso-containing chemicals or food preservatives and aflatoxins) into forms that prevent them from mutating or damaging cellular DNA. Ellagic acid promotes carcinogen detoxification by stimulating the activity of various isoforms of the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase in hepatoma (liver cancer). Another mechanism by which ellagic acid could inhibit tumor initiation is though its potential role as scavenger of the reactive metabolites of carcinogens. Ellagic acid increases blood clotting and controls hemorrhaging. Ellagic acid decreases prothrombin activity, partial thromboplastin time and bleeding time after administration. Ellagic acid is also proven to reduce traumatic bleeding time. Free of corn, soy, yeast, egg, dairy and other common allergens.
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