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April 21 2011

Getting Energy From Vitamins

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The purpose of dental practice marketing is not only to achieve a successful practice, but to deliver a healthier lifestyle to patients. And although dentist are concerned with the health of your teeth, they are also concerned with many general health topics apart from teeth, and in this article we discuss the subject of vitamins and energy levels.

It is a common misconception that, by just taking a whole bunch of vitamins we can get more energy, because it’s not quite as simple as that. It is true that several vitamins are facilitators of energy production by dint of the part they play in various biochemical reactions, and certainly a lack of certain vitamins can therefore lead to a general feeling of chronic tiredness and lack of energy. Some vital ingredients for energy are the minerals, iron and magnesium, and the vitamins B12 and folic acid.

A deficiency of certain vitamins can upset the body’s internal balance, such is its complexity, and lead to a cascade of undesirable effects. The overall outcome is a depletion of energy levels and symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, apathy, or depression.

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The following vitamins are essential: B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, B50 and biotin.

Some examples are as follows:

  • The decrease of thiamine will lead to weakness, loss of appetite or even general unhappiness.
  • Cobalamin is needed for the production of red blood cells, and for the proper digestion of foods, the synthesis of proteins, and the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. A lack of this vitamin can have various knock-on adverse effects on energy levels. It has been found that even in the absence of clinical deficiency, injections of vitamin B12 can increase energy levels. People most likely at risk of vitamin B12 are vegetarians and those with digestive problems.
  • Folic acid, or vitamin B9 is required for production of red blood cells and a severe deficiency can lead to a condition called megaloblastic anaemia where the red blood corpuscles are enlarged and not able to function properly. At lesser degrees of deficiency there can be symptoms of fatigue, digestive disturbances, memory problems, weakness, and shortness of breath. Our city dentist points out that a common symptom is that of a sore tongue, and this can sometimes be picked up during a dental examination. Testing for folate levels can be done with a blood test, and it is important to check vitamin B12 levels too.

The many reactions in the body involving vitamins are complex and interdependent, some assisting the action of others and other nutrients. For example, vitamin C assists the absorption of iron, whilst B vitamins assist one another, and niacin plus vitamin B6 help with magnesium’s actions.

It is preferable to have a balanced diet to make sure you get all the necessary vitamins and minerals. You can find dental advertising at any office that has this information and more.

 

Helmut G Flasch
Marketing For Dentists 
CEO Doctor Relations, Inc.