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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Which B vitamins are the best?

Written by Tena Moore

To be honest, all B vitamins are important. While some people, and even some doctors, like to think that singling out one certain vitamin by itself is helpful for the body, most vitamins, minerals and other nutrients work as a team to get many jobs done at once. Each vitamin in the family of B vitamins all have different functions, and your body needs all of them.

The vitamin B complex consists of 8 B vitamins: B1 (also known as thiamine), B2 (also known as riboflavin), B3 (also known as niacin), B5 (also known as pantothenic acid), B6 (also known as pyridoxine), B7 (also known as biotin), B9 (also known as folic acid), and B12 (also known as cobalamin). The B vitamins work together to supply energy to the body and brain. They are needed for cell growth and reproduction, metabolism, a healthy immune system and a healthy nervous system.

Some people might say that vitamin B12 is the most important of the B vitamins; it is needed for digestion, energy production, cell function, gene function, metabolism and the absorptions of foods. A lot of emphasis has been placed on B12. Yet B9 helps the body create hemoglobin (very important during pregnancy), B7 helps the body metabolize protein and metabolize fat, B6 helps the body create red blood cells and reduces cholesterol in the arteries, while B2 protects against cancers and is needed to utilize oxygen.

Taking a B-Complex and supplying your body with all B vitamins is the best choice.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Are hazelnuts good for you?

Written by Tena Moore (- if this post appears on any site other than it has been stolen)

Yes. The unsaturated fat, vitamins and minerals in hazelnuts make them a perfect, healthy snack. Unfortunately, nuts in general have received a bad rap over the years due to their high fat content. What most people don’t realize is that they must have fat in their diet, and the right type of fat is healthy, mono and polyunsaturated fat; the type of fat found in hazelnuts. The FDA reported in 2003 that eating 1.5 ounces of nuts, such as hazelnuts, per day may be able to reduce heart disease.

Hazelnuts offer so many vitamins and minerals; it’s challenging to list them all. You can find B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate, zinc, copper, manganese, thiamin, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, selenium, and plenty of fiber and protein in hazelnuts. They are high in antioxidants and low in sodium and cholesterol. They are also known to help boost the immune system, promote digestion, and are a heart healthy food. Many of the vitamins and minerals found in hazelnuts are known for their cardio-protective qualities.

A low-fat dieting culture contributes to the misconception about hazelnuts, and nuts in general. Fat is needed for energy. You can either get your fat from ‘bad’ sources like sugary pastries and high-fat meats, or ‘good’ sources like nuts.

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