The crucial role of vitamin C in early brain development and chronic disease prevention was observed in two recent studies in Canada and Denmark which highlighted the surprising extent of vitamin C deficiency and brought up more evidence about the importance of vitamin C for the health.
The Danish researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found that deficiency of this vitamin in early postnatal life of guinea pigs causes in impaired neuronal development and a functional decrease in spatial memory. The researchers stressed that Vitamin C has been shown to have a key function in the brain. During deficiency brain is able to retain higher concentrations of vitamin C than other organs but may still be more sensitive to deficiency despite these preventive measures”.
Zinc is found in every tissue in the body and is directly involved in cell division. Your body also uses zinc to make proteins. It is a powerful antioxidant which can help prevent cancer development and also regulate endocrine function. In St. George’s Medical Hospital, University of London, researchers found that increasing concentration of Zinc serum in the body strengthens cells’ membrane and protect tissues against damage by viruses, venoms and cytotoxins.
This mineral is essential for metabolising and functioning of other nutrients. For example, Omega 3 and Omega 6 are converted with the help of zinc into their beneficial forms.
Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin, a group of fat-soluble prohormones, which is responsible for intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate. In humans, the most important related compounds of vitamin D are vitamin D2 (obtained through limited dietary sources) and vitamin D3 (developed from the photochemical action of solar UV light in the skin). The latter is used in our spray. In addition to balancing calcium in the body, that prevents osteoporosis or arthritis, vitamin D regulates blood pressure and improves cardiovascular strength, reduces respiratory infections, aids in insulin secretion, relieves pains by reducing muscle spasms, improves skin health and reduces wrinkles. Epidemiological studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to increased rates of cancer, as well as autoimmune and infectious diseases. For example, a review of 31 studies found that pregnant women with vitamin D levels of less than 30 ng/ml had an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes. Read more on vitamin D benefits.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble compound with strong antioxidant properties. Vitamin E is incorporated into cell membranes and protects them from oxidative damage. Acting as a free radical scavenger, Vitamin E reacts with pro-oxidants to form a tocopheryl radical which vitamin C further convert to its reduced state. In addition to its activities as an antioxidant, vitamin E is involved in immune function, regulation of gene expression and other metabolic processes. Some evidence points to the use of vitamin E to speed cellular regeneration on the skin and can help the healing process for scars and acne. Vitamin E can be beneficial to people with diabetes because it enhances the action of insulin and improves blood glucose metabolism by reducing oxidative stress. In addition, vitamin-E protects artery walls and helps make cells lining the interior surface of blood vessels able to resist adhering of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) to this surface.
L-Lysine is classified as an essential amino acid meaning the human body cannot synthesize Lysine on its own and thus must rely on adequate dietary intake to function properly. In the body Lysine increases the intestinal absorption of calcium and eliminates its renal excretion, suggesting a potential role in the management of osteoporosis. It is also the precursor of the >amino acid carnitine, which aids in transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria for energy production. Lysine has been investigated for its effects on increasing muscle mass, lowering glucose and improving anxiety.
Lysine appears to have an antagonistic relationship with the amino acid arginine which Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections require for their replication. As a result, Lysine has been studied and used for the prevention and treatment of herpes infections and cold sores. Dr. Linus Pauling reported on several cases of angina pectoris relieved by lysine. Although the actual mechanism is unclear, Pauling hypothesized supplemental lysine may bind with and remove lipoprotein(a) from plaque deposits, thereby reducing thickening of the artery and increasing blood flow.