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Page 10 Senior Times - April 2019VITAMINS, HERBALS, AND SUPPLEMENTSBy: Glin Winsor, Community LeaderThe word vitamin means vital to life. The first medical schools were based on the use of plants and herbs.The human body cannot make vitamins and needs to get them from outside of the body. Most people are able to get all of the essential vitamins from their diet and that is the best way.• Calcium is a building block of your bones and teeth.• Found in green leafy vegetables.• Helps blood to form clots in order to help withThe B Vitamins• Helps prevent heart arrhythmias. • Lowers blood pressure slightly.• Thought to help with dementia, memory, circulation, and to reduce ringing in your ears.Multivitamins can help people who have problems getting all of the nutrition that they need from their diet. There are special multivitamins for people over 50. Many older people may need to take supplements of vitamin B12 due to changes in digestion and vita- min D due to changes in the skin that affect the abili- ty to absorb sunlight.B1: ThiamineB3: NiacinB6: PyroxidineB9: Folic acid• Help the process your body uses to get or makeosteoarthritis.• Not proven to work.• Use with caution when you have a shell fish allergyAlways check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any vitamin, herbal, or supplement. They can help make sure that you are doing what’s right for you. Make sure to tell your doctor or phar- macist about all of your medical conditions and all of the medicines that you are talking.• Iron is an important part of your red blood cells called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin helps carry oxygen through your body.Vitamins A, C, and E• Found in fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, and fortified cereals.bones.• Calcium is found in dairy products, green leafy• Probiotics are live microorganisms (e.g., bacteria) that are either the same as or similar to those found in the digestive system.Vitamin Avegetables, and lean protein.• Calcium supplements are used to prevent or treat• They are also referred to as “good bacteria” or “helpful bacteria.”• Aids in vision and immune system.St. John’s WortVitamin CEchinacea• Commonly thought to help with depression or anxiety.• Found in fruits and green leafy vegetables.• Helps you take in iron and helps to stop damage• Commonly thought to prevent or shorten the time of the common cold.• May be effective.• Interacts with many medications.• May cause sensitivity to the sun, headaches orfrom free radicals.• Sometimes used to treat mild vaginal yeast infec- tions.Vitamin E• May be effective.• May cause allergic reaction in people with ragweedanxiety.• Found in vegetable oils, nuts, and green vegetables.Vitamins D and K• Found in fatty fish and is taken through the skin when you are out in the sun.allergies.How do I make sure that I’m taking something safe? Remember, vitamins, herbals, and supplements: • Can interact with medications that you are taking.• Can cause problems with certain health conditions. • They may not have been proven.• Herbals supplements do not undergo the same• Helps to stop damage from free radicals.Fish Oil – Omega 3Vitamin D• Diet is a better source of omega 3s.• Found in fish; higher levels in sardines, wild salm-• Helps the body absorb calcium.trout.• Helps to lower your triglyceride levels.Vitamin KGingko Bilobahealing.• Not proven to be from the food you eat.• Helps form red blood cells.• Found in proteins such as fish, poultry, meat, eggs,Herbals / Supplements• Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. • 99% of your calcium is used to make teeth andor have diabetes.dairy products, leafy green vegetables, beans, peas, many cereals, and some breads have added B vita- mins.Iron (Ferrous Sulfate)CalciumProbioticsosteoporosis.• You can find probiotics in yogurt or in supplements.on, albacore tuna (canned), mussels, and rainbowapproval process as prescription medications. • One small study does not prove anything.B2: RiboflavinB5: Pantothenic acid B7: BiotinB12: CyanocobalaminGlucosamine and Chondroitin (usually taken in combination)• Used to decrease joint pain often associated with• Lean meats and fish are a good source of iron.What’s new in risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of dementia.LEARN ABOUT:• Calhoun County partner- ship with Michigan State University in research and education.• What’s new in the diagnosis and treatment of dementia.• Community Resources for people on the dementia journey.Scott E. Counts, PhD and Graham Atkin, PhDPresenters from Michigan State University:Scott E. Counts, PhD.Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, College of Human MedicineGraham Atkin, PhD.Department of Radiology and Neurology, College of Osteopathic MedicineThis event is free with light refreshments. Seating is limited.Please call (269) 441-0948 to register.PROGRAM FUNDED BY: PROGRAM HOSTED BY:Tuesday, April 165-6:30pmKool Family Community Center 200 W. Michigan, Battle Creek

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