That Brilliant Vitamin: Vitamin B

Written by Charlene J. Nuble

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Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine which is also known as pyridoxal phosphate is used inrepparttar production of red blood cells and inrepparttar 150006 biochemical reactions involved inrepparttar 150007 metabolism of amino acids. It is also responsible inrepparttar 150008 synthesis of of antibodies inrepparttar 150009 immune system and helps maintain normal brain function. Vitamin B6 deficiency is rare except for alcoholics. It causes skin disorders, abnormal nervous system known as neuropathy, confusion, poor coordination, and insomnia. Inflammation ofrepparttar 150010 lips, tongue andrepparttar 150011 rest ofrepparttar 150012 mouth are oral symptoms of Vitamin B6 deficiency. Vitamin B6 can be found in organ meats, brown rice, fish, whole grains, fortified breads and cereals, and legumes.

Vitamin B9 Folacin is a Vitamin B-complex which interacts with Vitamin B12 forrepparttar 150013 synthesis of DNA which is important for all cells inrepparttar 150014 body. Folacin, a combination of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin C, is essential inrepparttar 150015 breakdown of proteins and production of red blood cells, tissue growth, and cell function. It also stimulates appetite and formation of digestive acids. Folacin deficiency causes anemia, stunted growth, and irritation ofrepparttar 150016 mouth. Alcoholics,repparttar 150017 malnourished,repparttar 150018 poor,repparttar 150019 elderly, and those who have certain illnesses are usuallyrepparttar 150020 ones found to be Vitamin B9 deficients.Vitamin B9 is found in legumes, citrus fruits, whole grain cereals, and green vegetables.

Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin like all other Vitamin B-complex is essential inrepparttar 150021 processing of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Vitamin B12 is also needed for maintenance of our nerve sheaths, activates amino acids during protein formation, and helps inrepparttar 150022 perpetuation of cells and fomation of new ones. One interesting thing about Vitamin B12 is that it cannot be absorbed byrepparttar 150023 body unless combined with mucoprotein made inrepparttar 150024 stomach. Once Vitamin B12 attaches torepparttar 150025 mucoprotein, it travels inrepparttar 150026 small intestine to be absorbed byrepparttar 150027 body. Vitamin B12 deficiency is recurrently seen in strict vegetarians who do not take vitamin supplements. A deficiency can also cause pernicious anemia which in turn causes weakness, numbness ofrepparttar 150028 extremities, and fever.

Pantothenic acid and biotin arerepparttar 150029 last two Vitamin B-complexes. Pantothenic acid is used inrepparttar 150030 breakdown of carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids while biotin functions as a coenzyme in carboxylation reactions. There is no known disorder associated with pantothenic acid deficiency while deficiency in biotin can cause scaly dermatitis which is a skin disorder. Pantothenic acid is mainly found in meat, legumes, and whole-grain cereals while abundance of biotin is found in beef liver, mushrooms, and egg yolk.

Charlene J. Nuble 2005. For up to date links and information about vitamins, please go to: or for updated links and information on all health related topics, go to:

Knowing Tooth Decay And Its Modern Treatments

Written by Charlene J. Nuble

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The American Association for Dental Research and International Association for Dental Research have long been collaborating to disseminate ways of preventing tooth decay. They educate people of how proper oral hygiene methods of brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, regular dental checkup, sealant treatment, flossing, eating nutritious meals, and limiting in-between meals will always be indispensable.

Dental researchers have recently discovered howrepparttar bacteria which attack teeth, stick themselves torepparttar 150005 enamel. This new information could bring significant benefits to increaserepparttar 150006 public's knowledge on eliminatingrepparttar 150007 harmful effects ofrepparttar 150008 tooth decay-causing bacteria (Streptococcus mutans). Aside from this, they are also inrepparttar 150009 process of developing vaccines against tooth decay and discovering other new methods on targeting and killingrepparttar 150010 decay-causing bacteria.

Other tooth decay treatments, i.e., dental implants, Healozone gas blast (blast that triggersrepparttar 150011 saliva to fixrepparttar 150012 teeth naturally), and squirting genetically modified bacteria that will not producerepparttar 150013 decay acid, are also being developed. The use of fiber optics and fluorescence methodologies is also being considered to possibly detect tooth decay much sooner than x-rays and visual inspections can.

These advancements in treating dental cavities are evidences ofrepparttar 150014 increasing attention to oral care. But relying mainly on these discoveries does not guaranteerepparttar 150015 complete disappearance of tooth decay fromrepparttar 150016 list ofrepparttar 150017 most common global health problems. Further improvements on tooth decay treatment entails expanded dental care education, early interception of poor oral hygiene habits, greater parental involvement in children's dental health and appreciating how priceless a confident smile is.

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