What are Vitamins?
Vitamins are substances that our body needs to function properly. Body itself cannot make these vitamins. We derive them from our food that we ingest.
Why Take Vitamins?
Because our modern food is often inadequate in vitamins due to a number of factors. These factors include commercial farming, processing of food, eating habits. For example, if you do not eat meat due to religious or some other reason, you become low in vitamin B12 and iron.
Can Vitamin deficiency cause illness?
Yes, vitamin deficiencies are well known to cause illnesses. Here a few example:
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to osteopenia, osteoporosis, muscle aches and pains, diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, immune dysfunction, cancer….
Vitamin K2 deficiency is linked to an increased risk of Osteopenia, Osteoporosis and Coronary artery disease.
Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause fatigue, anemia, peripheral neuropathy, subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord, sore tongue, stroke and heart attack. Vitamin D deficiency is often present in patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease.
Folate deficiency can cause fatigue, anemia, sore tongue, and depression, infertility and congenital defects in the fetus, stroke and heart attack.
Magnesium deficiency cause cause Muscle spasms and cramps, Fibromyalgia, Irritability, Anxiety, Insomnia, Seizures, Irregular heart beat/heart arrhythmias/Atrial fibrillation, High blood pressure, Chest pain to spasm of coronary arteries, Chronic fatigue, Migraine headaches, Menstrual cramping, Menopausal symptoms, Tics, Lack of appetite, Nausea/vomiting, Lack of balance, Vertigo, ADD/ADHD, Dementia, Constipation.
Zinc deficiency can cause fatigue, loss of appetite, impaired immune function, delayed healing of wounds, diarrhea, hair loss, taste abnormalities, skin ulcers, age-related macular degeneration, delayed puberty, impotence, low testosterone and weight loss.
Are Vitamins safe?
Most vitamins are generally safe. Our patients at the Jamila diabetes & Endocrine Medical Center, have been using a variety of vitamins for over 15 years. They undergo blood testing periodically as a part of their ongoing health care. We have not noticed any toxic effects of vitamins over all of these years.