What comes out of Vitamin Research?
It used to be thought that food only had one function: fuel. So the emphasis was always on the number of calories you had to eat and burn. Nowadays we know that food is more than just fuel. It's a food source that, in addition to calories, must also contain vitamins, minerals and other "goodies" because without these substances, digestion can't start at all. They also ensure that you have a healthy body and thus a better resistance against diseases.
Let me give a few examples from scientific research on vitamins and minerals.
Beta-carotene helps prevent sunburn
This is a tricky one, so read carefully what's here below. A study shows that carotene helps to prevent sunburn. It says clearly, and underlined "helps". What does this mean? It means that beta carotene does not protect against sunburn. So you always need a cream with a UV filter. But the beta carotene supports the protective effect of the cream. Another advantage of beta-carotene is that it gives the skin a tinted colour after ingestion for about 4 to 6 weeks. Very nice if you want to get rid of your pale skin.
Vitamin B2 helps prevent Migraine
A small-scale study at the University of Liège, Belgium, shows that vitamin B2 or riboflavin could be an effective remedy against migraine attacks. Could be, because migraine does not always have the same cause. A number of women who regularly had migraine attacks were divided into two groups. One group was given 400mg B2 daily for a number of months. The other group was given a placebo pill every day. The group receiving riboflavin had an average of two fewer migraine attacks compared to the placebo group. Comparison per individual showed, that those who received vitamin B2, had an average of 3 days less migraine attacks than before the test.
Mashing is Healthy
When advertisers want us to buy fruit and vegetables, they show us the ones with the most beautiful colours. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids are responsible for those bright colours. But besides giving us those beautiful colours, carotenoids also help us with other things. Scientists suspect, for example, that carotenoids can help prevent heart and vascular diseases, cancer and certain eye diseases. However, the problem is, that these carotenoids are difficult to absorb by the body because they are often bound to other substances. But when we heat and mash our food, it turns out that the absorption by our body is much easier.Carotenoids from broccoli and peas appear to be best absorbed after this treatment.
Q10 and CVD: a Revolutionary Research
This may sound familiar to you: as the years go by you become less energetic. When you're still young, just have a look at you parents or grandparents. Do they run sometimes to make it right before that approaching care, to the other side of the street? I bet they don't.
The KiSel-10 study did research on this and came to remarkable conclusions. It turns out that, as you get older, the level of Q10 (a vitamin-like coenzyme) in your body decreases. By the way, the study's name is a composition of the place where the study was held (Kisa, Sweden), the element Selenium and Q10.
400 people participated in this study. 200 people got Q10 and selenium supplements and the rest got placebo pills. The group that received Q10 and selenium every day was found to have a 54% lower chance of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than the group that received the fake pills. People of the first group also had a stronger heart muscle.
Q10 appears not only to be an important element for our cardiovascular health, it also ensures that we have more energy one day.