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Old 19th October 2007, 21:41
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Vitamin Deficiency

Every cell in the body relies on a sufficient supply of vitamins to do its metabolic work. In this way, vitamins perform many functions. Among other things, they promote blood formation and healthy skin. hair and vision; they help to maintain nerves and muscles; and they aid in the release of energy from foods. Recent research suggests that some vitamins can even help prevent certain disorders, such as cancer, cataracts, arthritis and heart disease. Most vitamins must be obtained from foods or supplements because the body cannot produce them. Vitamin deficiencies are common in groups of people: dieters; pregnant or nursing women; the elderly; people under stress; and those taking medicines, such as cortisone or antibiotics. Plus, cigarettes, coffee, alcohol and birthcontrol pills rob the body of vitamins. The first signs of a vitamin deficiency are fatigue, irritability and anxiety. Over time, the immune system will weaken.

Preserving vitamins---Overcooking, light and air and long storage diminish the vitamin content of fruits and vegetables. To minimize vitamin loss:
* Buy locally grown produce.
* Choose frozen fruits and vegetables over canned; they're more nutritious.
* Wash and cut produce jusr befoe serving; don' buy precut fruits and
vegetables.
* Select organic fruit, and eat the skins of pears and apples.
* Steam fresh vegetables rasther than boiling them.
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