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Vitamins For Dummies

Vitamins For Dummies

Christopher Hobbs, Elson Haas

ISBN: 978-1-118-06920-2

May 2011

360 pages

$14.99

Description

“Christopher Hobbs and Elson Haas...take a complicated field and...make sense of it.”
—Ron Lawrence, MD, PhD, Director, Council on Natural Nutrition

Don’t forget to take your vitamins! It’s good advice. But everybody’s needs are different. Age, lifestyle, gender, ethnicity, diet, and habits all play a role in determining which vitamins and minerals you need more or less of in your diet. Like traffic lights, vitamins help regulate your body’ most basic functions at the cellular level. And just like those red, green and amber beacons, they must be synchronized—not too many or too few—to get you through your life’s journey in good shape. Now Vitamins For Dummies shows you how to have green lights all the way.

Confused by vitamins? Mystified by minerals? Can’t tell the difference between gingko and ginseng? In this straight-talking guide, two experts cut through the confusion and help you:

  • Get a handle on what each vitamin mineral and supplement does
  • Create a personalized supplement program
  • Understand the fine print on the labels
  • Combat or prevent specific ailments
  • Enhance memory, mood, and energy
  • Slow the aging progress

Drawing upon their years of experience in clinical practice as well as the latest scientific research into nutritional supplements, Chris Hobbs and Elson Haas, MD, tell you, in plain English, what you need to know to make informed decisions about which supplements you take. They cover:

  • The ABCs of vitamins
  • All about minerals
  • Amino acids and proteins—the body’s building blocks
  • The importance of fats and oils
  • Common supplements for digestion
  • Super-foods and other great supplements
  • The top 40 herbal supplements

As an added bonus, Vitamins For Dummies features a quick-reference, A-to-Z guide to treatments for 90 common complaints. From acne to motion sickness to varicose veins, the authors describe complete healing programs that include vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements and lifestyle changes.

Your complete A-to-Zinc guide to vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutritional supplements, Vitamins For Dummies is your ticket to good health and long life.

Introduction 1

Part I: Starting out with Supplements 7

Chapter 1: Supplement ABC’s 9

Chapter 2: Getting Nutrients from Food and Popular Therapeutic Diets 19

Part II: Looking and Feeling Great with Supplements! 31

Chapter 3: Vitamins: The ABC’s 33

Chapter 4: Mineral – Mining the Earth’s Nutrients 49

Chapter 5: Building Blocks: Amino Acids and Proteins 71

Chapter 6: Fats and Oils: The good, the Bad, and the Oily 91

Chapter 7: Hormones – Not Just a Teenage Craze 101

Chapter 8: Common Supplements for Digestion 111

Chapter 9: Superfoods and Other Great Supplements 119

Chapter 10: Herbal Supplements: The Herbal Top 40 131

Part III: Supplements for Everyone 151

Chapter 11: Get with the Program – Supplements for your needs 153

Chapter 12: As Young as You Wanna Be: Nutrition and Supplements for Longevity 181

Part IV: The Part of Tens 191

Chapter 13: The Ten Most Effective Supplements 193

Chapter 14: The Ten Most Common Nutritional Deficiencies 201

Chapter 15: Ten Common Questions and Answers about Supplements 209

Part V: Complete Healing Programs for Common Diseases and Symptoms 217

Appendix: Resources 313

Index 319

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