Category Archives: Vitamins & Herbs

Vitamin C: What is it and what does it do?

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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble antioxidant vitamin. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen and dentin. Collagen is the structural component of blood vessels, bones, ligaments, and tendons, while dentin is the structural component of teeth. Vitamin C is also an effective antioxidant that protects proteins and genetic […]

Vitamin B12: What is it and what does it do?

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Vitamin B12 is needed for producing and maintaining new cells, including nerve cells and red blood cells. It is also needed to help make DNA. Vitamin B12 is bound to the proteins in food. Once you consume B12, the hydrochloric acid in your stomach releases the B12 from the protein. B12 then combines with a […]

Ginger – as Effective as NSAIDs for Menstrual Pain

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For some women, menstrual periods are no different from any other days: they go to work, hit the gym, run errands, and bounce through their days with as much energy and vitality as at any other time. Others are not so fortunate. For them, “that time of the month” means curling up on the couch with a hot water bottle against their back or abdomen and a bottle of ibuprofen within easy reach, and doing a workout or even cooking dinner is out of the question. With increasing warnings about the dangers of NSAIDs, and more people becoming interested in safe, natural, non-toxic remedies for common ailments, an effective remedy for the pain of dysmenorrhea may be hiding in plain sight in the spice cabinet. We’re talking about ginger.