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Fast Action Vitamins In Liquid Form

Posted by Oze Parrot on 20th April 2008

Essential vitamins and minerals are absorbed by the body in a number of ways, by eating nutritious food, through the skin from the sun, or by taking vitamin supplements to insure that the body receives an adequate daily supply. Most supplements are packaged in tablet or capsule form, however they can be obtained in liquid form, and taken as a tonic. There are certain advantages of taking vitamins in liquid form, which far outweigh any disadvantages.

Liquid Vitamins are Ideal for Children

Liquid Vitamin Supplementkids will readily accept liquid vitamins when mixed with a flavored drink, whereas they may have difficulty in swallowing tablets, even when crushed. There are numerous cases where children reject taking tablets because they have problems with choking, and when the tabs are crushed they taste yucky.

There are a number of adults that also have difficulty taking solids and prefer to take their vitamin requisites in liquid form.

Liquid Vitamins are Fast Acting

Because of it’s fluid form, liquid vitamins can be introduced immediately into the blood stream, where the absorption rate is over 90%. Liquid vitamins are much more concentrated than vitamin tablets and will provide a greater therapeutic benefit.

Antioxidants and Liquid Vitamins

Vitamins A, C, and E are examples of antioxidants, which are commonly found in vitamin supplements, but are these antioxidants found in liquid vitamins?

Well, in order to be effective, liquid vitamins must contain antioxidants. The body does not generate the most important antioxidants, Vitamins A, C and E so an adequate supply of these essential nutrients must be absorbed daily, either from our food or by supplement. Antioxidants aid the immune system and are our best defense against cancer.

Digesting Liquid Vitamins

The body’s digestive system will process a liquid vitamin more easily than a tablet. A vitamin in tablet form has to be digested completely before it can be absorbed into the bloodstream and become effective. By the time it is processed in the stomach, only about thirty percent of a vitamin tablet will actually benefit the body. Liquid vitamins generally provide an easier solution for the digestive system and more than 90% of a vitamins value will be introduced directly into the body.

The digestive system does not function to destroy vitamins and minerals, it actually transforms them into essential nutrients that can be used by the body to improve our health and vitality.

The choice between taking liquid or solid vitamin supplements is entirely up to the individual. The most important thing, is to be sure that the recommended quota of essential vitamins are taken daily, so one may enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

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Crohn’s Disease – The Vitamin D Connection

Posted by Oze Parrot on 28th October 2007

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease depend on the location and extent of the infection. Crohn’s disease can infect any area of the intestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, although the disease generally strikes the small intestine. Initial symptoms of the disease are abdominal pain, internal bleeding, diarrhea, constipation and weight loss. Advanced stages of the disease can produce attacks of arthritis, body rashes and eye inflammation.

Vitamin-D TabsThe cause of Crohn’s Disease remains unknown, although there are indications that the disease is caused by a malfunction of the auto immune system and is genetically passed on to an infected person’s descendants. There is no known medical cure for persons afflicted by Crohn’s disease.

Inflammatory bowel disease patients are generally deficient in vitamin D, which indicates that any person who suffers mild symptoms of Crohn’s disease should immediately increase their daily intake of vitamin D. Scientists are not certain if a lack of vitamin D is an underlying cause of Crohn’s disease or in fact the disease causes a vitamin D deficiency, however they do agree that there is a connection between the two.

Vitamin D is naturally absorbed from the sun’s rays by the body’s skin, and is the major source of the vitamin. There are only a few natural foods that contain any significant amounts of vitamin D namely, fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel or tuna as well as beef liver and egg yolk. Other food sources are those that have been fortified with vitamin D including, fortified milk, margarine and cereals.

In Australia, the main source of vitamin D has been from the sun, although in recent years because of the high incidence of skin cancer and the “Slip, Slop, Slap” advertising campaign, there have been reports of an increase in the number of people with a vitamin D deficiency. For this reason, people are well advised to take vitamin D supplements daily.

Vitamin D supplements are particularly recommended for the elderly, who may be confined indoors, dark skinned people and those that do not regularly exercise outdoors. A lack of vitamin D can result in developing rickets or osteomalacia, a condition that affects the strength of the body’s bones.

Maintaining an adequate level of Vitamin D assists our auto immune system to protect our bodies from many ailments, not the least of which, may be Inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease.

Any sufferer of Crohn’s disease, who is taking medication for the condition, would be advised to discuss the benefits of taking vitamin D supplements with the doctor, who can recommend the correct daily dosage for you.

The affects of Crohn’s Disease can most certainly be eased by taking proper medication and an adequate daily supplement of vitamin D.

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Rice Grain – A Natural Energy Source

Posted by Oze Parrot on 23rd October 2006

Rice is a semi-aquatic grass that thrives in tropical and subtropical wetland areas.

Originating in China and Asia, researchers believe that Rice cultivation has been practiced in these countries for at least 9,000 years, or more. Today, many countries grow Rice for their domestic and export markets, and indications are that, half of the world’s population depend on Rice for the basis of their diet.

Brown RiceRice Grain is A Natural Energy Source that is high in carbohydrates, contains a certain amount of protein and vitamin B6 with zero fat or cholesterol levels. Rice does contain a small amount of sugar and a minute quantity of salt, but it has no additives or preservatives.

These qualities, make Rice an ideal choice for weight watchers who want to shed a few pounds or at least control their weight. The versatility of Rice is evident as it can be prepared as an entree, a main dish or a desert.

Ideally, Rice is grown in fields where the water level can be controlled. Because of it’s tolerance to water, Rice is grown in fields or paddies filled with water to a depth of about 18 inches (45cm), where the plants will thrive, unhindered by weeds.

These water filled Rice fields, also provide a habitat for frogs and fish, as well as a sanctuary for many species of birds, which effectively protect the young Rice plants from any insect pests, thus negating the use of chemical pesticides.

Rice, is the world’s most consumed cereal grain and the third largest crop in the world.

Australia has become a major player in the world production of Rice, by producing a quantity of high grade Rice that, not only sustains the home market, but also fills export orders to seventy two countries from around the world, with enough rice to provide forty million people with their daily Rice requisites.

Chinese gold prospectors, working in the Queensland gold fields, were the ones that first brought Rice seeds to Australia in the year 1850. Later, the Victorian government allocated a 200 acre tract of land, along the banks of the Murray river, for the establishment of a commercial Rice crop.

The first saleable crop from this venture was realised in 1914. The commercial attributes of growing Rice spread to the Murrumbidgee irrigation area where the first commercial crop was raised in 1924.

The Rice fields in the Murrumbidgee and Murray river basins have expanded and, using modern techniques that employ aerial seeding, mechanical harvesting and a reduction in the usage of water, Australia has become a world leader in the marketing of a various types of high quality Rice Grain.

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Garlic, The Bushman’s Remedy

Posted by Oze Parrot on 28th September 2006

Garlic is a perennial plant of the genus Allium and is closely related to the onion, shallot, and leek. Also called the “stinking rose”, Garlic has been noted since the dawning of time for both it’s culinary uses and medicinal purposes.

Garlic Bulb and CloveGenerally, the form of Garlic that is mostly consumed by the public is “allium sativum”, which put simply means, cultivated Garlic. There are two varieties of this type of Garlic, softneck and hardneck Garlic.

Softneck Garlic is easier to cultivate than the hardneck variety and can also be stored for longer periods. Softnecks can be readily identified by the white papery skin covering the bulb and the number of cloves that make up the bulb. Young shoots of the Garlic plant can be marinated or added to sauces and served as an appetizer.

Garlic has a very hot, pungent flavor when crushed and eaten raw, however the potency of the herb, is diminished by cooking. No matter how you prepare a Garlic dish though, the distinctive taste will be quite apparent and it’s follow on effects for those who eat it will also be present. These days however, diners will accept the odor of garlic because it enhances the taste of most dishes and because of the fact that it is considered to be beneficial to one’s health.

Garlic has long been referred to as the “Bushman’s Remedy” and is widely used by farmers and stockmen as protection against winter colds and ‘flu. Their belief in the defensive qualities of the herb is backed up by Louis Pasteur’s studies, from the nineteenth century, which demonstrated that Garlic killed bacteria under laboratory conditions. Modern studies have confirmed that Garlic definitely has antibiotic properties that effectively combat infections.

The human body does not build up any resistance to garlic, as it does with antibiotics, this makes Garlic a much more effective weapon against many infections.

Australian Bushmen are also aware that Garlic is effective in protecting them from mosquitos bites. A number of commercial garlic sprays have appeared on the market that once sprayed on the body form a protection for mosquito bites.

By eating Garlic, the compound allicin is released into one’s body and this eventually seeps out through the skin’s pores. Consequently, any mosquitoes that do come along will be confounded by one’s body odor and pass by in order to seek a more succulent morsel.

Garlic has had a long reputation for reducing an individual’s blood pressure and it does appear that there is evidence that garlic does reduce blood pressure. Garlic sulphides may be responsible for this or, it could be, that Garlic helps to control one’s cholesterol level.

Then again, Garlic is used as a seasoning and therefore reduces one’s salt intake.

Allicin is the medicinal compound that is derived from Garlic and it is quite a complex compound. Allicin is not present in natural Garlic but is released when a Garlic clove is chopped or crushed. Allicin breaks down very quickly when released and deteriorates rapidly when heated.

Because of Garlic’s adverse social qualities, many people find that it is easier to take garlic supplements in order to gain the benefits of a sustained Garlic intake. Garlic supplements are many and varied, you must read the contents label to ascertain the amount of released allicin.

Figures that state that the product is “equivalent to x number of cloves” are not relevant. The amount of allicin that is released in the supplement is the most important factor. Some Garlic supplements identify the amount of alliin that they contain, this is of little value.

Some capsules that do not contain allicin could still be of value to certain people because of the sulphides that they contain.

If you need garlic supplements, then you should determine the allicin level of the product.

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Vitamin B12 or Cobalamin For Nerve and Blood Cells

Posted by Oze Parrot on 30th March 2006

Vitamin B12, also called Cobalamin, helps maintain healthy Nerve cells and red Blood cells. In collaboration with Vitamins B6 and B9, Cobalamin helps support a number of bodily functions including our genetic makeup.

GinsengDeficiencies of Vitamin B12 will result in anemia, lethargy, loss of appetite, constipation, and weight loss. Other symptoms include, swelling of the tongue, some memory loss, confusion and some degree of dementia.

People that are at most risk of suffering a Vitamin B12 deficiency are those persons who have a gastrointestinal problem that limits the stomachs ability to soak up vitamin B12.

People that practice veganism and eat no meat or dairy products whatsoever will have a very limited dietary access to Vitamin B12 and should take supplements.

Pregnant women and lactating mothers are at risk of having a deficiency of Vitamin B12 and may need to take supplements.

People that have had parts of their stomach or intestines removed because of accident or disease such as crohn’s disease, may not have the ability to absorb B12 from their food. In such cases, a Vitamin B12 supplement is required.

Elderly folk may lose the natural ability to absorb Cobalamin from their food, for a number of reasons, this ultimately leads to neuropsychiatric disorders. If a B12 deficiency is detected by a doctor then, possibly, he will recommend a Cobalamin fortified diet or a Vitamin B12 supplement.

Unlike most other water soluble vitamins, Cobalamin is not disposed of on a daily basis, by the body. In fact the body gathers Vitamin B12 which is stored in the liver and kidneys. Consequently, a Vitamin deficiency is not noticeable for several years after the B12 intake has ceased.

Foods that are sources of vitamin B12 are liver, kidneys, eggs, cheese, shellfish, tuna, salmon and fortified breakfast cereals.
Apart from supplements, the only vegan source of B12 is the Chinese herb Dang Gui or female ginseng, which the Chinese use for treating anemia.

Because Vitamin B12 has a very low toxic level, there have been no known cases of people suffering any ill effects from an excessive intake of Vitamin B12.

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Vitamin B9 Folic Acid or Folate

Posted by Oze Parrot on 19th March 2006

Vitamin B9, Folic Acid or Folate, is a water-soluble Vitamin that is part of the B complex group. The B group of Vitamins play an important role in nearly all facets of our bodily functions; they are all involved in processing our food into energy and breaking down of fats.

B complex Vitamins also assist the body in maintaining muscle strength in the lining of the digestive tract and keeping the nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver healthy.

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Vitamin B9, actively supports our emotional and mental health and is absolutely essential for our brain to function correctly, it helps in the production of DNA and is crucial to infants, adolescents and expecting mothers.

Vitamin B9 Folic Acid or Folate, supports Vitamins B6 and B12 to help iron to function correctly and regulate red blood cells and to control blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine. An excess of this particular amino acid, has been linked to heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and even cervical cancer.

A deficiency in Folic Acid causes stunted growth, swollen tongue, gingivitis, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, diarrhea, irritability, forgetfulness, and a loss of mental capacity.

A major cause of Vitamin B9, Folic Acid or Folate deficiency is alcoholism as it eradicates our reserves of B9. Supplements must be taken to maintain our necessary levels of this essential Vitamin as generally, our normal dietary intake is barely adequate. Expectant mothers should increase their daily intake of B9 as the fetus will account for most of the usual daily quota.

Dietary sources of Folic Acid are: Dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, dry beans, soybeans, peas, beef liver, brewer’s yeast, root vegetables, fortified cereal products, like wheat, oats, corn and rice as well as oysters, salmon, orange juice, avocado, and milk.

The recommended dietary allowance for healthy adult men and women is: 400 micrograms, expectant mothers 600Mcg and lactating mothers 500Mcg.

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Personality Development and Behavior Patterns Among Humans

Posted by Oze Parrot on 15th March 2006

Personality is a collection of emotional, thought and Behavioral Patterns unique to a particular person. The word “Personality” is derived from the Latin “personalis”, which means personal.

Personality Development refers to the fixed beliefs, moods, and Behavior Patterns that vary among children and adults who live in a particular society. The most common theories stress Personality traits that include: individualism, subjective conscience, being able to control emotions and impulses, interaction with strangers and personal achievement.

There are several theoretical views on the development of people’s personalities. They involve ideas about the relationship between Personality and other psychological forms, as well as theories about the way Personalities develop. Most theories can be placed into one of the following groups.

1. Extroversion (i.e., “extroversion” outgoing and physical stimulation oriented vs. “introversion” quiet and physical stimulation averse)

2. Neuroticism (i.e., emotional stability; calm, un-perturbable, optimistic vs. emotionally reactive, prone to negative emotions)

3. Agreeableness (i.e., affable, friendly, conciliatory vs. aggressive, dominant, disagreeable)

4. Conscientiousness (i.e., dutiful, systematic, and orderly vs. spontaneous, flexible, and unreliable)

5. Openness to experience (i.e., open to new ideas and change vs. traditional and staid views)

Longitudinal studies have shown that a child’s inherited biology, usually called a temperamental bias, is an important basis for the child’s later Personality. A child that shows a shy and fearful style of reaction to a challenge or novelty predicts, to a modest degree, an adult Personality that is quiet and passive to challenge, as well as being introverted.

Man's MindAnother hypothesis regarding Personality Development comes from Sigmund Freud’s theory that the division of the psyche, that is totally unconscious, serves as the source of instinctual impulses and demands for the immediate satisfaction of primitive needs.

The id, which is biological in nature, combined with family experience, leads to the development of the ego and superego. Freud suggested that differences in parental socialization produced variation in anxiety which, in turn, leads to various personalities.

A third theory revolves around the infant child’s direct ties of affection with the parents. Studies have found that, the nature of the infant’s relationship with parents or guardians, particularly the mother, created a profile of emotional reactions, towards adults, that might last indefinitely.

The fourth set of views on Personality Development look on whether it is necessary to assume a self that monitors, integrates, and initiates a reaction. This idea traces itself to the Judeo-Christian belief that it is necessary to give children a will so that they can be held accountable for their actions.

Another theory is based on the discovery that children who had the same influential experiences develop different Personalties because they assume different conceptions about themselves and others who have undergone the same experiences. The idea that each child imposes a personal interpretation on their experiences, adds the concept of being self critical, to the child’s Personality.

The importance of the concept of self, in Personality Development is the significant gain in identifying with parents. All children wish to possess the good qualities that are found in adult members of our society. Some of these qualities are produced by identifying with one’s parents and emulating their accomplishments.

A final hypothesis regarding the origins of Personality Development comes from results based on direct observations of a child’s behavior. This exercise focuses on the different features of children at various ages. Babies differ in degrees of irritability, three-year-olds differ in degrees of shyness, and six-year-olds differ in their seriousness of mood.

Children that play alone instead of with others do so for a variety of reasons, some may be shy and are uneasy with other children while others may just prefer their own company. A behavioral pattern that includes avoidance of strange places, fear of certain animals, extreme shyness, sensitivity to pain, and guilt feelings is called the internalizing profile.

However, a behavioral pattern that includes disobedience towards parents and teachers, insolence, bullying, aggressiveness, and impulsive decisions is called the externalizing profile and these children are most likely to turn out to be juvenile delinquents.

The connection between the inability of a three year old to control socially unacceptable behavior, and antisocial conduct later on in life, is the most reliable evidence that exists to identify a connection between a child’s early Personality Development and an adult personality trait.

Generally, the eldest child in most families is more willing than the younger children to conform to authority and is more strongly motivated to achieve at school, is more conscientious and less aggressive.

A child’s social class will have an affect on their academic achievement. Children from middle class families are more likely to get higher grades in school than children from working or lower class families, because of the different values that are accepted by families from different backgrounds.

The social status of parents also influences a child’s personality. Researchers suggest that parents could be classified as authoritative, authoritarian, or permissive. Competent and mature preschool children usually have authoritative parents who were nurturant but made maturity demands. Children who are introverted and self reliant, generally have authoritarian parents who relied on forceful discipline. The least mature children have very permissive parents who are nurturant but fail to employ any discipline.

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Biotin or Vitamin B7, Is An Essential Nutrient

Posted by Oze Parrot on 13th March 2006

Biotin, a member of the B-complex vitamin family is also known as Vitamin B7 and Vitamin H. Biotin is a water soluble vitamin that must be consumed on a daily basis, it is an essential nutrient, and it plays an important role in a number of bodily functions.

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Vitamin B7 Is An Essential Nutrient involved in cell growth, the production of fatty acids, amino acids and the metabolism of fats. Biotin also assists in the process of releasing energy from our food, the management of carbon dioxide and maintaining a regular blood sugar level. Biotin is also considered to play a role in gene expression and DNA replication.

Many health products and cosmetic compounds include Biotin as an ingredient to promote healthy skin and hair, it also strengthens the nails. Vitamin B7 supplements are recommended in cases of excessive hair losses, caused by a Biotin deficiency.

Children who contract seborrheic dermatitis could be suffering from a Vitamin B7 deficiency. Although there are shampoos available that contain B7, it is more beneficial to treat the condition with Biotin supplements, as B7 is not readily absorbed through the skin.

Vitamin B7 supplements may also benefit people who suffer from type 2 diabetes.

Biotin deficiency, is quite rare, but if it does exist then it must be properly treated. If the condition is allowed to persist untreated, then the effects could be very serious, even fatal.

Symptoms of Vitamin B7 deficiency include: fungal infections, dry scaly skin, Seborrheic dermatitis, poor appetite, feeling tired and lethargic, depression, high cholesterol level, inflamed tongue and feeling nauseated.

A Vitamin B7 deficiency can be easily remedied by adding daily B7 supplements to one’s diet.

Dietary sources of Vitamin B7 include: liver and kidney, dairy products, yeast, cauliflower, oysters, lobster, and salmon, chicken breast and egg yolk.

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Vitamin B6, Essential For Healthy Blood

Posted by Oze Parrot on 11th March 2006

Pyridoxine, commonly known as Vitamin B6 forms part of our daily diet, it plays an essential role in maintaining our health and vitality.

Hemoglobin within red blood cells carries oxygen to the body’s tissues. Our body needs Vitamin B6 to make hemoglobin and also helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by hemoglobin. A vitamin B6 deficiency can result in a form of anemia that is similar to iron deficiency anemia.

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Vitamin B6, Essential For Healthy Blood, also helps maintain our blood glucose within a normal range. When our calorie intake is low, our bodies need Vitamin B6 to help convert stored carbohydrates and other nutrients to glucose, in order to maintain our normal blood sugar levels.

Vitamin B6 deficiency rarely occurs in the United States although many older Americans, have low Blood levels of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 deficiency can occur in people who have poor quality diets and are deficient in many essential nutrients. At first, symptoms are not evident, occurring during the latter stages of a lengthy period of deficiency.

A person suffering from Vitamin B6 deficiency will display symptoms that include dermatitis, convulsions, a confused state of mind, a sore tongue and depression.

A lack of variety in one’s diet combined with a generally poor quality diet and Alcoholism are factors in causing a Vitamin B6 deficiency. These circumstances are more likely to be apparent in older members of the community. Alcohol, in particular, removes Vitamin B6 from the body.

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble compound that passes through the body on a daily basis, consequently our supply of Vitamin B6 must be replenished daily, either from our dietary intake or via supplementary support

The main dietary sources of Vitamin B6 include: Poultry, fish, liver, fortified cereals, wheat germ, yeast, green beans and certain fruit, such as bananas.

Vitamin B6 supplements are available and should be taken when it has been established that a B6 deficiency exists, however supplements will show no improvement to persons that have an adequate B6 balance. An over indulgence of Vitamin B6 supplements can cause serious health problems.

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Manganese, A Mineral Trace Element For Health

Posted by Oze Parrot on 9th March 2006

Manganese is a metallic Mineral which is found as a Trace Element in all forms of life. It is particularly abundant in plants and animals. Although only Trace amounts of this Element can be found in human tissue, it is an essential Element and necessary for our good Health.

Manganese was discovered in the 17th century by a German chemist named Johann Glauber, It was later identified as an Element by a Swedish chemist, Carl Scheele.
Manganese, is important to almost all of the body�s major systems. It works in the digestive system, which is responsible for breaking down foods through digestion and transforming them into a form that the body can use.

Manganese Source  
Wheat Bran

Functions of Manganese in the digestive system include acting as a cofactor in many of the enzymes responsible for releasing the energy in food, making the released energy accessible to both body and mind to fuel our essential bodily functions. Thiamin, or Vitamin B1 cannot be metabolized without the presence of this essential mineral.

Our systems require Manganese for the building of strong and healthy bones, without it the skeleton system would not develop properly. Manganese also serves the nervous system and the brain by coordinating messages that are sent to the body’s muscles therefore supporting good muscular reflexes. Manganese also serves the reproductive system, playing an important role in the production of sex hormones and sperm.

Manganese has necessary antioxidant properties that work as a cofactor in the production of the body’s most important antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Antioxidants perform a task that is essential to the body, the control of, and stabilization of free radicals, which are responsible for causing a great deal of damage within the body.

Because they lack an electron, free radicals are unstable and in order to stabilize themselves, they will attack other molecules in an effort to take what they need from them, which results in those molecules becoming destabilized as well. If a cell accumulates enough free radicals, cellular damage can occur, which can lead to tissue damage as the free radicals roam, increasing their population.

Manganese is vital for the brain to function properly and serves to support memory and emotional stability, as well as the nerves themselves. Research is being conducted on the relationship between epilepsy and other seizure disorders and the influence Manganese levels may have on seizure activity and severity. This Mineral Trace Element is also being investigated for its potentials in the treatment of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia.

Deficiencies in Manganese can contribute to convulsions, confusion, tremors, dizziness, paralysis, deafness and blindness in infants, adult hearing loss, digestive disorders, ataxia, bone malformation, general weakness, infertility, irregular pulse, and pancreatic damage.

Nutritional supplements offer a reliable and safe means of seeing to it that the diet contains adequate amounts of this essential Mineral Trace Element, provided supplement dosage remains within the standard recommended daily intake levels.

World wide studies have linked Parkinson’s disease with the intake of Manganese. People who work with manganese often suffer from a variety of symptoms, known as manganism, which researchers have classified as a Parkinson’s syndrome. These symptoms include tremors, lethargy, impaired concentration, speech difficulties and awkward gait.

People who work in the welding industry are especially at risk, as they are often exposed to airborne Manganese. Parkinson’s disease is disproportionately common among boilermakers and welders.

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