We most often equate vitamins with physical health. But what about vitamins and nutrients for vim and vigor? This week, writers discuss how vitamins and nutrients promote both looking and feeling good.Weil Advises on Nutrition for Health
Dr. Andrew Weil lists the five foods to reduce the risk of stroke and help health. These magnesium-rich foods include: green leafy veggies, nuts and seeds, whole grains, black beans and seafood. Shop the outside aisles of your grocery store and stock up on these beauties to live a healthful life as you age.Is Vitamin C the New Anti-Wrinkle Cream?
Writer Ana Johnson outlines a recent study that found that low vitamin C intake may have a big impact on wrinkles.* As an antioxidant, vitamin C reduces the harmful effects of free radicals created by many factors including smoking, processed foods and pollution, thus preserving smooth and glowing skin.*Keeping Kids Healthy and Happy
Blogger Salynn Boyles highlights research noting how vitamin D benefits healing. A study noted that kids with low vitamin D levels had worse outcomes when they were very ill. Keep your young ones smiling with a good dose of vitamin D daily!Vitamin B12 and Energy
Need energy? Get vitamin B12! Writer Diane Dean discusses how low vitamin B12 levels sink energy levels. Diane outlines those at high risk of such having low vitamin B12 levels, like vegetarians and those taking medications to reduce stomach acid, among others. She discusses the signs of low vitamin B12 levels, and lists ways to ensure you get enough of this energy enhancer.Vitamins for Healthy Tresses
Writer Brandi Abbey outlines vitamins needed for good hair health. Biotin, vitamins A, E, B5 and inositol improve the elasticity and luster of the hair. Read on to find food and vitamin sources beneficial for healthy locks.Inactivity as Deadly as Smoking?
Many dangers exist for couch-potato behavior. Writer Diane Dean outlines the draw backs of leading a sedentary life. A recent study notes that one-third of adults do not exercise as they should, and one in ten deaths result from diseases from inactive lifestyles, like heart disease and diabetes.Multivitamins and Wrinkles
Writer Ana Johnson infuses a bit of her biology knowledge while discussing the effect of vitamins on DNA health. As the tips of DNA strands (called telomeres) help cells divide over time, they shorten, which promotes cell death. Those taking vitamins may see a beneficial impact on their telomeres, likely as a result of the vitamins' antioxidant effect. Taking vitamins may hold your wrinkles at bay!*That's it for the week! Make sure to check back in with us next week, when we discuss B vitamin deficiencies and what to do about them.