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The current increase in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular morbidity is a growing burden for society. Consideration must therefore be given to compounds capable of slowing down these pathological processes without significant adverse effects. The natural vitamins pantetheine/pantothenic acid are...
Thiamine (vitamin B 1 ) was the first B vitamin to have been identified. It serves as a cofactor for several enzymes involved in energy metabolism. The thiamine-dependent enzymes are important for the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters and for the production of reducing substances used in oxidant...
Vitamin D deficiency is pandemic, spanning many continents and including all ages, genders and racial/ethnic groups. Currently, world-wide attention is focused on the importance of vitamin D in optimizing health and preventing disease. This focus is largely the result of the scientific discovery...
Vitamin C functions in enzyme activation, oxidative stress reduction, and immune function. There is considerable evidence that vitamin C protects against respiratory tract infections and reduces risk for cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Current trials are examining the efficacy of...
Understanding the molecular mechanisms of vitamins has opened new perspectives regarding the relationship between nutritional signals and biological functions, which, in turn, has led to the development of new therapeutic agents. Although little is known about water-soluble vitamins as genetic...
There is good agreement concerning average requirements and reference intakes for vitamin B 6 but less agreement over safe upper levels from supplements. High-dose supplements cause sensory nerve damage. Supplements of vitamin B 6 have been advocated for treatment of the premenstrual syndrome,...
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