Internal Medicine Study Shows Benefits of VitaminsPosted by in Internal Medicine
A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that certain vitamins could reduce the risk of mortality in older women. The article was called, “Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women.”
The study noted the highest reduction in mortality risk from vitamin D at 8 percent. Vitamin B complex was found to reduce mortality by 7 percent, and vitamin C by 4 percent. The minerals, magnesium, selenium, and zinc, were also found to bring about a 3 percent reduction in mortality.
The Safety of Vitamins and Minerals
Since some vitamins and minerals can be toxic when taken in excess, there are people who fear taking any vitamins and minerals. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, however, no deaths have been reported from vitamin intake in the last 27 years, which is the length of time that the organization has created its annual reports. Studies show that prescription medications are much more likely to cause death or severe side effects than vitamin or mineral supplements.
Internal medicine experts note that most people do not obtain enough of these vitamins in their diets. They also note that many vitamins and minerals work together to enhance overall health and longevity.
The Function of Key Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamin D is obtained from foods and sun exposure. It aids in the prevention of osteoporosis because, along with magnesium, it helps the body to absorb calcium. It has also been found to help in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and certain types of cancer.
Vitamin B complex consists of eight separate vitamins. Its main function is to create energy and fight fatigue and stress. Vitamin B complex also aids the nervous system (including the brain), the adrenal glands, and the digestive system.
Vitamin C assists in helping wounds to heal and has a role in the absorption of the mineral iron. There is some evidence that it can prevent some types of cancer, and it helps the body grow new tissues. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that fights dangerous free radicals and helps maintain the health of the eyes.
Magnesium is necessary for proper creation and absorption of both vitamin D and calcium within the body. According to the National Institutes of Health, magnesium is involved in 300 biochemical reactions and aids in regulating blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as supporting the immune system. Low levels of magnesium have been associated with a number of today’s most common diseases.
Of course, facilities for internal medicine in New Jersey and elsewhere are quick to point out that other vitamins and minerals are important for good health as well, including vitamin A and vitamin E.
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