Vitamins & Supplements

VITAMIN E Vitamin E is a very important and interesting vitamin.  Vitamin E is the collective name for a group of fat-soluble compounds with distinctive antioxidant activities.  In addition to its activities as an antioxidant, vitamin E is involved in immune function, regulation of gene expression and other metabolic processes.

VITAMIN D Low levels of Vitamin D have now been linked to autoimmune diseases.  Vitamin D keeps your bones strong and healthy – which is where all your platelets are going to be produced.  Vitamin D is abundant down here in Australia and yet we are suffering from a large number of people who are Vitamin D Deficient.  It is not only important for our health and mind but if you are taking Prednisone or other steroids as part of your treatment then you need to be getting enough Vitamin D to help fight against the nasty side effects.  Vitamin D is a democratic Vitamin available to everyone, for free.  Yet it is being treated like a commercial product sold off by pharmaceutical companies.  For 5 easy, cheap and natural ways to boost your Vitamin D, go to the full article.

CALCIUM Did you know that Prednisone leaches calcium from your bones?   Calcium is essential for all living organisms; in particular, their cell physiology, and humans are no exception.  As a major material used in the mineralization of bones, calcium is the most abundant metal on mass in the human body.  If you are taking any amount of Prednisone on a daily basis then you absolutely need to be increasing your calcium intake as every possible precaution should be taken to avoid developing Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis. For 5 easy ways in naturally increase your Calcium intake and help balance your regular diet, go to the full article.

VITAMIN K When Vitamin K was discovered it received the letter K because of its ability to affect clotting in the blood.  Vitamin K is a fat-soluble Vitamin that plays a critical role in blood clotting.  It regulates blood calcium levels and activates proteins involved in bone health.  Deficiencies of Vitamin K can result in anemia, bruising, bleeding including spontaneous bleeding from the gums and nose (we’ve all been there!) and a heavy menstruation in women. Vitamin K rich foods, go to the full article on Vitamin K.

VITAMIN C Vitamin C also referred to as ascorbic acid, is found in high concentrations in immune cells, and is consumed quickly during infections.  Vitamin C is also a natural antihistamine.  Vitamin C is a water-soluble Vitamin, with any excesses in the blood rapidly excreted in urine.   This makes Vitamin C a low risk, low toxicity Vitamin.  However, the reparation of Vitamin C rich foods is important as Vitamin C diminishes when cooked, depending on the food.

by Meg

Meghan Brewster is a writer and blogger. She is an ITP patient and launched ITP&Me in 2011. She is a coffee lover and a try hard dancer. @meghan_brewster

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