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Why Take Herbs

familyPoor Digestion
Even when your food intake is good, insufficient digestion can limit your body’s uptake of vitamins.

Hot Coffee, Tea and Spices
Habitual drinking of liquids that are too hot, or consuming an excess of irritants such as coffee, tea or spices can cause inflammtion of the digestive linings, resulting in a drop in secretion of digestive fluids and poor extraction of vitamins and minerals from food.

Alcohol affects availability, absorption and metabolism of nutrients.

Smoking too much tobacco increases the metabolic requirements of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important for the immune system to function properly.

Overuse of laxatives can result in poor absorption of vitamins and mineral from food, by hastening the intestinal transit time.

Vegetarian Diets
Vegetarian diets, which exclude meat and other animal sources, must be very skillfully planned to avoid B12 deficiency, which may lead to anemia.

Lengthy cooking or reheating of meat and vegetables can oxidize and destroy heat-susceptible vitamins such as thew B group, C and E.

Convenience Foods
A diet overly dependent on highly refined   carbohydrates, such as sugar, white flour and white rice, places greater demand on additional sources of B group vitamins to process these carbohydrates.

Some antibiotics – although valuable in fighting infection – also kill off friendly bacteria in the intestines, which would normally be producing B group vitamins to be absorbed through the intestinal walls.

Food Allergies
The omission of whole food groups from the diet, as in the case of individuals allergic to gluten or lactose, can mean the loss of significant dietary sources of nutrients, such as thiamine, riboflavin or calcium.

Accident & Illness
Surgery increases the body’s need for zinc, vitamin E and other nutrients involved in the cellular repair mechanism.

Chemical, physical and emotional stresses can increase the body’s requirements for vitamins B2, B5, B6 and C. Air pollution increases the requirements for vitamin E.

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Research has demonstrated that up to 60 percent of women suffering from PMS can benefit from supplementation with vitamin B6.

pregnancyPregnant Women
Pregnancy creates higher than average demands for nutrients, to ensure healthy growth of the baby and comfort or the mother. Nutrients which typically require an increase during pregnancy are the B group, A, D, E and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.

Oral Contraceptives
Oral contraceptives can decrease absorption of folic acid and increase the need for vitamin B6 and possibly vitamin C, zinc and riboflavin.

Seniors have been shown to have a low intake of vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, calcium and zinc.

Athletes consume large amounts of food and experience considerable amounts of stress. These factors affect their need for B group vitamins, vitamin C and iron in particular.

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