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Do we Need Vitamins for Great Looking Skin?


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05/04/2010

Do we Need Vitamins for Great Looking Skin?

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Written by: Kathryn Danzey
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What will surprise many people is that the nutritional value of organic foods is not necessarily greatly different from non-organic. If the nutrients are not in the soil they cannot be in the plant. If the nutrients are not in the plant they cannot be in the animal. The main reason for using organic is to benefit from what is not in such produce.

Beautiful skin, hair and nails depend upon the presence of many and various nutrients, particularly vitamin A and C plus a balance of B vitamins. Our bodies’ ability to utilize vitamins depend upon the presence of many and various minerals, specifically zinc, iron and a sensible balance between calcium and magnesium. It would be nice to think we can get all of these beautifying and life sustaining (anti-ageing) nutrients from our food. But when we look at official government studies there is real reason to believe that everyone would benefit from quality supplementation.

The current handbook of the United States Department of Agriculture accepts Cauliflower now contains 40% less vitamin C when compared with 1975. Similarly pro-vitamin A, since 1963, in Peppers has gone from 128mg to 89mg, and in Apples it has dropped from 90mg to 53mg, per serving. In 1900 wheat was 90% protein and now is down to 9%. These accepted and recorded losses take no account of the negative effects of storage.

Historically the farmers on the American Prairies would move on every five years because they knew the soil was played out. Then came NPK fertilizers (Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium) providing only the minerals that ensure size and shape. This very action distorts the mineral balance needed by humans to sustain beauty and good health.

Official figures from the U.K. show this is not just a faddish viewpoint. Chemistry researchers McCance and Widowson were initially employed by the Medical Research Council to produce a report in 1940, called Chemical Composition of Food. They were employed subsequently by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Royal Society of Chemistry to update their report. The comparison between 1940 and 1991 show a hugely diminishing nutritional quality for vegetables, fruit and even meat. The original procedures took more time than today’s automated approach, “but were no less accurate”. They looked at 28 raw vegetables, 44 cooked vegetables, 17 fruits and 10 types of meat, poultry and game. The following is a sample of the greatest individual losses of minerals measured in mgs per 100mg. Carrots 75% less magnesium, 48% less calcium, 46% less iron, 75% less copper. Broccoli (boiled) 75% less calcium. Watercress 93% less copper. Swede 71% less iron. Potatoes 30% less magnesium, 35% less calcium, 45% less iron, 47% less copper. All meats 41% less calcium, 54% less iron. All fruits 27% less zinc. Apples and oranges 67% less iron. Note these figures take no account of nutritional losses that always occur with storage and processing.

What will surprise many people is that the nutritional value of organic foods is not necessarily greatly different from non-organic. If the nutrients are not in the soil they cannot be in the plant. If the nutrients are not in the plant they cannot be in the animal. The main reason for using organic is to benefit from what is not in such produce. All the agro-chemicals that remain in non-organic food have to be processed by our bodies. This creates a further demand for nutrients. Nutrients that could be better employed improving our health and beauty.

Supplementation can do much more than just compensate for nutrient losses in food. Most people in this country are overfed and undernourished which is not good for hair, skin and nails. The 90% concept of Eating For Beauty programme, with its equal emphasis on food selection and appropriate supplementation will always bring improvement.

Article supplied by www.eatingforbeauty.co.uk



About the Author

Kathryn Danzey
I have a passion to bring to you what really works in the beauty industry, from a moisturiser to the latest advanced treatment for anti ageing. After almost 4 decades in the industry I'm packed with info to share but never tire of looking for new things and would love you to share your experiences with us too. We're here to help you find that treatment or product that will make a change for you. Can't do without My Collagen Shots and H3O Night Repair. Love a great serum and UV protection





 
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