Friday, June 15, 2007


(1)"B vitamins. Believe it or not, a sweet potato or a spinach salad might help you beat the blues. Both are rich in folate and vitamin B6 or pyridoxine. Deficiencies in these two B vitamins, experts believe, can actually bring on the symptoms of depression. Vitamin B6 works by keeping your brain’s neurotransmitters in balance. These chemicals control whether you feel depressed, anxious, or on a steady keel.

Experts aren’t sure why folate fights the "blahs." But they do know low folate levels in your body can deepen depression, and high folate levels can help defeat it. You can find folate in most fruits and vegetables, especially spinach, asparagus, and avocados.

Eat chicken, liver, and other meats to feed your brain vitamin B6. Plant sources of the vitamin include navy beans, sweet potatoes, spinach, and bananas."

Vitamin B-6 also helps with carpal tunnel syndrome, take about 50mg or so if you aren't or can't get enough in your foods. The B-complex of vitamins is comprised of 8 water-soluble vitamins. Together they play a vital role in energy production in the body. They are critical to metabolizing carbohydrates, fats and proteins. They are also important for good muscle tone and a healthy nervous system, skin, hair eyes, mouth and liver. Vitamin B-6, also called pyridoxine, is particularly important to nerve and muscle cell health. It helps production of RNA and DNA. Together with vitamins B-12 and B-9, pyridoxine helps control blood levels of homocysteine. Homocysteine, an amino acid, has been linked to heart disease and increased risk of stroke. Vitamin B-6 has also been suggested for use in several other areas. Some studies indicate it may help reduce the severity of nausea during early pregnancy. Vitamin B-6 is an important nutrient for preventing osteoporosis. Several studies seem to show vitamin B-6 to be effective in treating symptoms of PMS, especially depression. *Preliminary research also indicates a benefit to diabetics in controlling blood sugar levels*

Because it is water soluble it won't accumulate in the body and the risk of overdosing on it is negligible.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an important vitamin for general health. Because it is water-soluble, the body cannot store the vitamin so you must be certain to get enough daily, either through your diet or supplements like Ester C - 1000. Vitamin C is a critical component of both basic body building functions and disease prevention. It is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. Vitamin C is essential for the healing of wounds and the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. During any kind of healing process, whether it is from infection, injury, disease or surgery, the body uses large amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which can help block damage from free radicals.

Food sources for Vitamin C are:(2)"citrus fruits, tomatoes, cabbage-type vegetables, cantaloupe, strawberries, peppers,lettuce, potatoes, mangoes, and dark-green leafy vegetables. Considering that vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, it is easily destroyed through cooking. For this reason, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables typically contain greater amounts of vitamin C than canned vegetables.
If you are not a fruit and vegetable eater, it will be much harder to get your
vitamin C. The other food groups, such as milk and meat, are not good sources.
Eating at least 5 servings a day of fruits and/or vegetables is a great way to get
enough vitamin C as well as other important nutrients."

Vitamin D

necessary for maintaining strong, healthy teeth and bones and for protecting against bone abnormalities such as rickets, bone-loss conditions such as osteoporosis and skin problems such as psoriasis. It does this by helping to regulate calcium and phosphorus absorption in the body. (3)"Vitamin D, calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is found in food, but also can be made in your body after exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun Vitamin D exists in several forms, each with a different activity. Some forms are relatively inactive in the body, and have limited ability to function as a vitamin. The liver and kidney help convert vitamin D to its active hormone form"

Vitamin D does not occur in non-fortified foods the best source is assimilation of ultraviolet light from the sun, it can be extracted from cod liver oil. Vitamin D from the sun will definately keep you from being susceptible to cancers of most kinds, and is the main reason cancer is avoided by those who get a good amount of safe exposure to the sun.
Vitamin A/beta-carotene
Beta-carotene is the precursor of vitamin A and a much safer alternative to taking vitamin A. Vision and eye health. Reproduction and fertility. Helps protect the mucous membranes reducing susceptibility to infection. Necessary for growth and repair of body tissues. Current medical research shows food rich in Beta Carotene help reduce the risk of certain serious lung and oral problems. Promotes bone growth and tooth development. Helps maintain healthy skin and hair. As a powerful antioxidant, Beta Carotene destroys free radicals including singlet oxygen – an oxygen that is missing an electron and is very damaging to human tissue if not quickly scavenged.

Food sources of vitamin A are:(4)"liver, eggs and whole milk are good animal sources of vitamin A. Many orange fruits and green vegetables." Also Liver, eggs, and dairy products.
Eating a varied and whole foods diet is essential for good health and a long productive life. It is important to eat healthy foods and if you can't or have an imbalance somewhere, like Psoriasis, or diabetes, or Heart disease or anything in between you can take supplements to help you along with your health.

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The following short quiz consists of four questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional. The questions are NOT difficult.


1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.


2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator? Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.


3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All of the animals attended except one. Which animal did not attend the conference?

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. Remember, you just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.


4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across it. Have you not been listening to anything I've said? All of the crocodiles are attending the animal conference called by the Lion King. This tests whether you learn quickly from your previous mistakes.


According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around ninety (90%) percent of all professionals tested got all of the questions wrong, but many of the preschoolers tested got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four-year-old


Q: How many philosophers does it take to replace a light bulb?

A: Three. One to change it, and two to argue over whether or not the light bulb really exists.

(1)Welcome to FC&A Publishing Online/Nutritional Blockbusters That Fight Depression
(2)Food as a source of nutrients [PDF]
(3) Bowel Disease/Vitamin D: What is it, and what are some sources?
(4) about.comInflammatory Bowel Disease/Facts About Vitamin A and Carotenoids

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