Are you like me and finding it more and more confusing with the information we are given about vitamins. One-day vitamin supplements are the way to go – the next day we should drop them like a hot potato and stay clear.
The best way to get all the vitamins we need is by eating a good varied diet of nutritional food, as we always say ‘good food is good health’, this should be as fresh as possible as storage depletes the values as well as over cooking.
Sometimes, as when taking drugs or medication they do have a negative effect on some parts of the body such as the liver, but the consequence of not taking them could be of greater significance.
So when taking vitamins – even though you can pick them up readily at any grocery store and health food shop, it is always recommended to ask your Doctor or health adviser opinion before taking.
Recently there has been speculation that Vitamin D could greatly cut the chance of Type 1 diabetes developing later in life if supplements are taken in early childhood.
The research showed that children who were given the additional Vitamin D were up to 80 per cent less likely to go on and develop the disease compared to those not given the supplement.
It was noticed that the higher the dose and the more regularly taken, the lower the chance of developing the condition.
Another study found that those who took any amount of Vitamin D had a lower rate of diabetes than the group that took no supplement.
Vitamin D is believed to help by acting as an immuno-suppressant agent, as Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, and may prevent an over-aggressive reaction from the immune system – when the immune system destroys it own cells.
Type 1diabetes develops when insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas are destroyed.
Vitamin D is only found in a few natural food sources such as eggs (the yolk), fish and shellfish. Salmon, tuna, herring, halibut, shrimps and oysters are excellent sources.
Often foods are already enriched or fortified with vitamin D – milk being a good example, some breakfast cereals, soy drinks and some varieties of margarine.
Obviously it is better if you can reach your daily requirement from your diet – the RDA is not the same in all countries so check with a pharmacist or your health centre who will be pleased to advise you.
There are many supplements of Vitamin D readily available; I know that I reach my required RDA as the cod liver oil supplement I take daily includes vitamins A, D and E, even though I make sure I eat fish at least twice a week and generally eat eggs on almost a daily basis.
So if Vitamin D can cut the chance of us developing diabetes in later life, it really is important that we do eat a wide variety of foods to attain it and all the other vitamins and minerals to stave off other illnesses and diseases.
Eating a healthy diet can only benefit us, and the earlier in life we start the better. Therefore we all need to look to our diets and see if we are lacking in any area or over indulging in others.
Us as parents need to instil early in life a good varied diet to our children – before they become ‘faddy and picky’ and only want to eat the latest ‘in’ food.
Granted this can be quite difficult with children, but perseverance usually works and by introducing a small amount of a new food regularly helps.
So remember ‘good food is good health’ and that ‘we are what we eat’.
Sandra & Ted
This article was composed by Sandra & Ted Wosko. We have always been interested in health issues especially having children, and as with most people, we all suffer with some type of ailment. We are always researching on more and more topics in the endless task of gaining more knowledge to increase our expertise, benefiting ourselves and other people alike.