Dr. James Chandler, N.D.,  Ph.D - Chandler Naturopathic Health Center
Chandler Naturopathic Health Center

The need for iodine

     A somewhat rare element, iodine is utilized by every cell of the body.  It is most concentrated in the glands of the body, especially the thyroid gland.  Large amounts are also stored in the salivary glands, breast, ovaries, gastric mucosa, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain, and the ciliary body of the eye (just behind the iris).  Iodine is considered to be antibacterial, anti parasitic, antiviral (three great reasons why we used iodine tablets to purify water in the armed forces), anticancer, elevates pH, and is a mucolytic agent (expectorant).

Vitamin B-12 Could it be B-12?

     Today, I close out the discussion on B vitamins with a lookat B-12, my favorite B vitamin.  VitaminB-12, Methylcobalamin, is said to be the most “chemically complex of all of thevitamins.”  Its beautiful ruby red colorcertainly makes it the most beautiful of all of the vitamins.  It is the name of a group of essential biologicalcompounds known as cobalamins.  Thesecolalamins, similar to hemoglobin in the blood, contain cobalt instead ofiron.  There are two forms of B-12, thefirst is cyanocobalamin.

Vitamin B-11 Pteryl-hepta-glutamic acid

    Vitamin B-11 is a member of the B complex family of vitamins.  Sometimes referred to as vitamin S or S factor, B-11 is also considerate a folate (like B- 9) and is a derivative of B-9.  Folate and folic acid derive their names from theLatinwordfolium(which means "leaf"). Green leafy vegetables are a primary source of this nutrient, however, in Western diets bread and cereals fortified with folate may be a larger dietary source.  An argument can be (and has been) made that enriched sources (bread and cereal) may not provide the absorption  levels from leaf vegetables and in fact, be of no help at all.

Do you want stronger hair and nails? Vitamin B-7 may be your answer.

     Most mothers have encountered the condition called "cradle cap".  The condition is characterized by a baby's dry and scaly scalp.  Biotin deficiency maybe responsible. 
     Biotin assists in cell growth, in the production of fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 9), assists in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, and in the utilization of other B complex vitamins.   Healthy hair and skin depend on sufficient quantities of biotin.

The "Beauty" Vitamin: PABA Vitamin B-10

     Vitamin B-10, also known as PABA (para-aminobenzoicacid) is commonly used as a skin protector against pollution and sun damage.  Its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties are essential in the growth and regulation of skin cells and in the normal pigmentation of the skin.  PABA helps protect against sunburn by reducing the absorption of ultra violet -B radiation thus, helping to prevent skin cancers.
     PABA is a constituent of folate and helps in the assimilation of pantothenic acid (B-5).

Folic Acid, The Brain Food (B-9)

     Pteroylglutamic acid (PGA), also known as folic acid, folacin, and folate (B-9), is needed for the formation of red blood cells and in the production of energy. It is a key player in strengthening immunity through aiding in the formation of and functioning of white blood cells.  B-9 is important in the healthy cell division and replication through it's coenzyme properties involved in DNA and RNA.  Folate also helps in the regulation of homocysteine levels (an amino acid that if is unregulated can lead to hardening of the arteries).

Vitamin B 8 Inositol and IP6

     Inositol, also called vitamin B-8, is a widely-occurring nutrient generally considered to fall somewhere within the broad B-complex family of vitamins. Inositol is vital for hair growth.  It has a calming effect and assists in reducing blood cholesterol levels.  Inositol helps prevent hardening of the arteries.  It is important in the formulation of lecithin and in cholesterol and fat metabolism and helps remove fat from the liver.
     Low levels of this important vitamin can lead to arteriosclerosis, constipation, hair loss, high blood cholesterol, irritability, mood swings, and skin eruptions.

About Pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6)

     Hi and welcome to the sixth installment of the B-complex vitamins.  This vitamin (B-6 - Pyridoxine) is arguably involved in more functions of the body than most any other single nutrient, affecting both physical and mental health.  Physically, it helps those who suffer with water retention, it is necessary for the production of hydrochloric acid necessary for proper digestion, it assists with the absorption of fats and proteins, assists in maintaining the balance of sodium and potassium within the body, and promotes red blood cell formation.

Pantothenic acid (B-5)

     Stressed out?  Pantothenic Acid is known as the antistress vitamin.  It is used in the production of adrenal hormones, aids in the conversion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into energy, aids in vitamin utilization, and in the formation of antibodies.
     B-5 is required and found in all cells of the body with concentrations of the vitamin found in organs.   It is an essential element in the make up of a vital chemical responsible for many necessary metabolic function (Co-enzyme A).

Adenine (Vitamin B-4)

Vitamin B-4 is one of the B complex vitamin.  it shares the same properties as the other in this complex in that it is water soluble.  There is little known about B-4 Adenine and it's characteristics.  What is known is that this vitamin acts as a co-enzyme with other substances.  Some of these interactive substances help to produce energy from the mitochondria (the energy producer of each cell).    B-4 Adenine is involved in that energy production cycle.
Sources of B-4.
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