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Vitamins That Your Skin Needs

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Your skin forms a part of your personality, quite an important part, for it is visible to everyone. Hence, it is your duty to take good care of it and keep up with its health.

But we usually see that no matter how much we try to care, our skin faces issues every now and then. Due to climatic reasons, nutritional deficiencies, improper diet intake, allergy, or anything. Keeping up with the health of the skin is no easy task at all. But apart from the nutrition thing, all other reasons can be combated with external products and medicines.

However, certain vitamins are needed by the skin for a good health, and if you ensure that you have them all in appropriate amounts in your body, then you would not face any skin issue as such.

So what are these vitamins? Lets find out!

Vitamin A:

Indeed you would have already known about the fact the vitamin A forms an integral part of the skin health. The epithelial formation, turnover and proliferation is impossible without the adequate presence of vitamin A in body. It is also essential for an appropriate collagen network growth.

Vitamin E:

Another vitamin essential for the skin is vitamin E. So what does it do? Well, the vitamin is an antioxidant that fights off free radicals, thus preventing skin deterioration and early appearance of signs of aging. Also, vitamin E is required for proper moisturizing of the skin.

Vitamin B Complex:

Vitamin B complex is known to deal with the healing system of your skin, its pigmentation, and also helps control acne.

Written by Jayne

September 29th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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Importance of Micronutrients in diet

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Micronutrients are called micronutrients due to the fact that only minute amount of these are essential for the body. These are very important for the growth, development and overall performance of the body. At cellular level, these micronutrients are required for the synthesis of hormones, enzymes and other vital substances. When these micronutrients are not consumed as required, the consequences may be severe.

Micronutrients and their importance:

Micronutrients include trace elements, organic acids, macrominerals and vitamins. They are important for:

Macrominerals:

Calcium: Bones, muscles, metabolism

Chloride: Acid/base balance, fluid regulation, impulse transmission in neurons

Magnesium: Nuclear material, ATP production, brain fluid, enzymes

Phosphorus: Nuclear material, ATP production, bone, enamel of the teeth, cellular structures

Potassium: Impulse transmission in neurons, muscles, osmotic balance

Sodium: Blood pressure, osmotic balance, importance cellular activities

Iron: Blood cells, oxygen transport, muscle cells

Sulphur: Proteins and co-factors, metabolism

Organic acids:

Acetic acid, Citric acid, Malic acid, Lactic acid Taurine and Choline are the organic acids that have certain important role in the body.

Vitamins:

Vitamin A (retinol): Visual cycle, reproduction, growth, epithelial tissue maintenance, metabolic functions.

Vitamin B complex: Nervous tissue, ATP and NADP, proteins, important co-enxymes

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid): Collagen formation, connective tissue, anti-oxidants

Vitamin D: Calcium regulation.

Vitamin E (tocopherol): Anti-oxidants, muscles strength

Vitamin K: Blood clotting

Trace elements:

Boron, Chromium, Fluoride, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Zinc, Cobalt, Copper and Iodine are important trace elements that should be taken in diet in small amount. Deficiency of iodine leads to thyroid gland abnormalities.

Written by Marta

April 15th, 2013 at 8:35 am

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