Vitamins- Your key to healthy health
Do you know that Vitamins A to K are not the only Vitamins? All the Vitamins are required for us to carry out the metabolic processes as well as to keep a balance in our diet. Deficiency of either of these Vitamins can lead to serious health implications and hence, we should make sure that we should get all the Vitamins in proportion. However, to our knowledge of Vitamins, we only know about Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, F and K. These are not the only Vitamins. As the main Vitamins are required for growth and other metabolic processes, Vitamin P, L, T and U are also equally required to carry out the functions. The functions and sources of these Vitamins are as listed below:
Vitamin P: Vitamin P is also known as bioflavonoids which are water soluble companions of ascorbic acid usually found in some foods. This Vitamin was discovered by the Soviet Scientist Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi in 1936 who found it within the white rind of the citrus fruits. It is mainly found in edible pulp of fruits rather than in strained juices. The letter 'P' stands for the permeability factor, which was given to this group as they improve the capillary linings permeability and integrity, that is, the passage of Oxygen, Carbon dioxide and nutrients through the capillary walls. The sources of bioflavonoids are the citrus fruits, green pepper, broccoli and buckwheat plant (leaf and grain) are particularly good sources of bioflavonoids. Vitamin P helps prevent hemorrhage and rupture of tiny capillaries, which could lead to easy bruising. Capillary strength helps us from infections, especially viral problems. Bioflavonoids also reduce the amount of histamine released from the cells.
Vitamin L: This Vitamin is commonly known as the "Love Vitamin" was coined by the humanologist Bethany ArgIsle. You need a daily dose of Vitamin L to be in optimum health. It is found in most of the nature- in friends, family, food, animals and had been known to heal variety of diseases. It has no toxic effect. Fear, anger, worry, self-concern can destroy Vitamin L. Ready-made sources of Vitamin L are moms and dads and Vitamin L is highly concentrated in our grandmas and grandpas. Cats, dogs, flowers, trees, foods- Vitamin L is present in all of them! Vitamin L is found in everything that is beautiful. Vitamin L is also known as catalytic "Vitamin of Healing". Vitamin L cures depression, sadness, anger, fear, worry and many of the worldly stresses. Fear is often treated by this Vitamin. The requirements of this Vitamin may vary from person to person. There is no specific RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for this Vitamin. A wide variety of bodily and life functions are dependant on Vitamin L and is extremely important for healing process. Recently, International Hug Association (IHA) has changed its guidelines and suggests that a minimum of 4 hugs daily is needed to prevent Vitamin L deficiency and 6 hugs for maintenance and ten hugs per day for growth!!! ;-)
Vitamin T: This Vitamin is known as a "sesame seed factor" and is found in sesame seeds and egg yolks and is known to be helpful in preventing anemia and hemolysis of RBC (red blood corpuscles).
Vitamin U: Vitamin U is found in raw cabbage is known to be helpful in healing ulcers of the skin and the intestinal tract. This nutrient is probably allantoin which has tissue-healing power, and is found in herbs, such as comfrey root, which is known to help and soothe the gastrointestinal mucosa.
So, next time, make sure that you are getting enough of these Vitamins too so that your body is not deficient in Vitamins in any way. The only way we can live healthy is to ensure that we get all the Vitamins in equal proportions. We are all very much familiar with Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, F and K and we know its functions and uses. However, the following Vitamins mentioned above have been rarely mentioned in our books nor are we notified of its existence. You may have never known that Vitamin L exists but Vitamin L is vital for our body as much as the other Vitamins that we take. Vitamin P, somewhat correlates with Vitamin C but most of the times, we don't consume those sources and hence we are deficient in Vitamin P. The absence of these Vitamins doesn't lead to a huge loss or impairment of any body functions such as the other Vitamins but including them in your diet your diet can enhance your health and well-being to the maximum extent. The best way to keep yourself healthy is to understand the needs of your body…
"I answer 20,000 letters a year and so many couples are having problems because they are not getting the right proteins and vitamins." Barbara Cartland
Reference: Staying Healthy with nutrition- By Elson M. Haas