Saturday, September 24, 2011

Supplements and foods that needs to be in AO victims Personal Regiment : By Chris Crawford Herbalist 4 Vets

I am going to touch on a few supplements that should be used by everyone not just AO victims. The first is Super B complex Vitamins and can be bought at most all stores.
B-vitamins are required for the adult nervous system to function properly. Vitamin B6 helps prevent Parkinson's disease, seizures, depression, headaches and other neurological problems. . Other neurological problems can be prevented with vitamin B12 such as aiding the recovery of Bell's palsy. A dietary deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to marked neurological impairment such as walking disability, spasticity in the legs and arms and problems with the bowels and bladder. Vitamin B1 is necessary for normal cognitive function in the brain. so finding a Super B complex with these three are a key I could go on and on about the other B vitamins but I do not want to sound to clinical and am trying to keep this so everyone can understand.Remember one thing when doing the B complex Take only as recommended on the label because taking to much can cause more damage than good.
The next supplement can be bought at most places including Wal-Mart is called Selenium. The mineral selenium is vitally important to the body for proper functioning of the immune system and thyroid gland. Low selenium levels will contribute to pain, infection, and disease. Selenium deficiency is a known trigger for several different autoimmune diseases including thyroid disorders and psoriasis. Selenium deficiency also causes susceptibility to heart disease and to viral infections.
In the body selenium combines with protein molecules to form selenoproteins which is an important antioxidant enzyme that is essential for proper immune system function. Selenium's role for Thyroid health is also well known. In addition, selenoproteins help prevent cellular damage caused by free radical molecules. Free radicals are produced as natural byproducts of oxygen metabolism that are suspected of contributing to many chronic inflammatory diseases.
Not everyone likes to take pills and supplements so I am going to mention some of the foods you need to eat to get the B vitamins as well as Selenium.
Here is a list of some of the foods very rich in Vitamin B12 that you need to eat regularly. The primary function of this vitamin is to form red blood cells, but it's one of the major influences in the maintenance of an individual's health nervous system. It also aids in the normal function of the brain.
1. Clams, Oysters, Crab, and Salmon
2. Beef, Liver
3. Turkey and chicken
4. Cereals such as Kellogg's Special K or General Mills' Total Raisin Bran
Here is a list of foods rich in Vitamin B6. This vitamin helps to lower stress, decrease symptoms of PMS, treat depression, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of dental cavities. It also aids in the maintenance of nerve health and brain function.
1.Meats such as Chicken, turkey, beef, and pork
2. Fish such as Cod, salmon, halibut, trout, tuna and snapper
3. Vegetables such as Bell peppers, spinach, baked potatoes (skin included), green peas, yams, broccoli, asparagus and turnip greens.
4. Nuts and seeds such as Peanuts, sunflower seeds, cashews and hazelnuts
5. Beans such as Chickpeas, lentils, soybean, and Kidney beans

Here is a list of foods rich in Vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 is concentrated in major organs: the liver, kidneys and heart. It helps process nutrients in the cardiovascular system and helps keep cells in good health.
1. Milk
2. Spinich
3. Eggs

Here is a list of foods rich in Vitamin B5. Vitamin B5 is what helps turn carbohydrates into energy, processing food into fuel. It supports the adrenal glands, helping humans to respond to high stress situations as well as the overall continual stress factors that most of us deal with every single day.
1. Sunflower seeds
2. Corn, Broccoli, and squash
3. Mushrooms

Many of the foods listed in the B vitamins contain multiple B vitamins so I listed them where they had the most of any given to keep from being repetitive.

Now lets get to the foods rich in Selenium. Selenium is required by the body for proper functioning of the thyroid gland, and helps protect against free radical damage and cancer.
1. Brazil nuts
2. Shell fish such as Mussels, Lobster, Shrimp, and Crab
3. Sunflower seeds
4. Liver
5. Bacon and pork chops.

By eating these foods and or taking the supplements on a regular basis you will find you are able to function better. These things will not cure you but they will help your over all health and ability to function. I would also advise you to try and purchase from and eat things grown locally when it comes to meats and vegetables.

The things In this post are meant to inform and should never be used to replace the care from your doctor. If you chose to use these herbs do so only after discussing it with your doctor. Abruptly stopping some medications can cause serious problems not excluding death.

Chris Crawford
Veteran / Herbalist

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