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What Does Zinc Do For The Body
Active hormone: Hi. Vitamin D per se has no direct effect in the body. Vitamin D is 25-hydroxylated in the liver. 25-hydroxyvitamin D is converted to the active hormone, calcitriol, in a tightly regulated step in the kidneys. Calcitriol is the active agent. It regulates gene expression in target tissues (gut, bone, muscle, etc). Calcitriol helps with calcium homeostasis, bone & muscle health, balance, etc. ...Read more
Vitamin A Role: I commend you for your desire to have good Health. Vitamin A maintains health of Retina in our eyes and helps vision in dim light. It may slow declining retinal function in people with Retinitis Pigmentosa.. It helps in growth and health of skin and mucous membranes. It promotes normal development of teeth and bones It plays a role in healthy immune system. Indeed it plays vital role in our body. ...Read more
Skin tone, eyesight: Vitamin a is essential for healthy eyes and skin. It exists naturally in liver, butter, lean meat, and eggs; and its precursor, beta-carotene, is in colorful vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach. So if you eat a healthy diet, you're getting plenty and don't need supplements. Also, too much vitamin a can cause liver & other health problems - also birth defects if you're pregnant. ...Read more
What does milk do for your body? Why do ppl use the phase "milk does a body good" does it give you a nice body shape? And what are the benefits milk?
Attack free radicals: Antioxidants in pills and added to food are increasingly being deemed potentially harmful because of their ability to overwhelm our immune system and neutralize certain helpful free radicals. Get your antioxidants from natural food like fruits and vegetables and there are no such concerns. See http://mdprevent.Blogspot.Com/2013/01/the-case-against-antioxidants.Html?M=1. ...Read more
Liver Functions : The liver has many functions. Primarily, it filters the blood, detoxifying chemicals and drugs. It also makes proteins that are important for blood clotting and other functions. In addition, it makes bile, which is secreted back into the digestive tract, which helps with digestion and other functions. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Generally speaking, how much of all vitamins specifically does my body need daily and how of the vitamins does my body absorb?
Depends on person.: It varies between individuals depending on the health of one's digestive system, which requires adequate stomach acid, small intestine enzymes, and good bacteria (e.g., acidophilus) in gut. Consider a nutritional test where nutrient concentrations are measured at cellular level (e.g., spectracell). Check rda for minimum requirements. Use professional sources for best quality products and results. ...Read more
How to know if my digestive system works properly? I mean does it save essential vitamins for my body? And what are the symptoms if it does not?
Stable weight is ok: If you are not losing weight quickly then your digestive system is probably fine. If you were losing weight, having lots of blood in your stool/bowel movements, or constant diarrhea, that would be the sign of more serious digestive problems. Vitamin deficiency is rare if you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Those symptoms are highly variable and would need labs to test to confirm. ...Read more
May be helpful: Zinc can help maintain the integrity of skin and mucosal membranes. Patients with chronic leg ulcers have abnormal zinc metabolism and low serum zinc levels , and clinicians frequently treat skin ulcers with zinc supplements. The authors of a systematic review concluded that zinc sulfate might be effective for treating leg ulcers in some patients who have low serum zinc levels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Constipation symptom: When constipated, patients complain of symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, fatigue, and severe cases have decrease in appetite, nausea and vomiting. If you don't release the toxins from the body via feces, i feel it can affect your quality of life by decreasing one's energy levels. It can also affect your nutritional status since most who are constipated are afraid to eat and don't enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Makes a body happy: Chocolate, for those who love chocolate, makes a body happy. Dark chocolate is the kind that is considered better for health, compared to the other sugary types (milk chocolate, white chocolate). Dark chocolate does have some fat, and some caffeine-like chemicals. A small amount a day is good; too much of anything can be bad. ...Read more
Yes!: The appendix acts as a 'policeman' for our body. It contains lymph tissue that helps fight off foreign invasion to our body such as infection.In the past, it was regarded as useless in that it was often taken out during abdominal surgeries to prevent a future attack of appendicitis.It is now used in reconstructive surgeries too. It turns out to be useful but if it's inflamed it needs to come out! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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