Nutritional Balance

Balance is needed in order for the various vitamin and mineral functions to take place within our bodies. It is very important that we have the correct balance of the micro nutrients in our diets: and balance and synergy are inter dependent, each with the other. Research studies have shown that an excess of any particular one vitamin, or mineral, can actually display similar symptoms to those of a deficiency.

To give an example, tests have shown that an excessive intake of the B vitamins can cause similar signs to those of a deficiency of some of the other B vitamins. Paradoxically, as another example, other tests have shown that when an excess of zinc is taken, symptoms of an actual Zinc deficiency can show. It's an established fact that an intake of 100 Mg of Zinc, per day, is known to stimulate and enhance our immune systems; however, dosages higher than that may even prevent our immune systems from functioning properly.

Bioflavonoids

In the strictest sense of the word, bioflavonoids are not true vitamins; although they are vitamin like substances, and are sometimes referred to as 'Vitamin P'. Bioflavonoids help to enhance the absorption of Vitamin C, and are used widely to treat sports injuries such as bruises and painful bumps, because they help to relieve pain.

Fresh Cherries

As the human body cannot make its own Bioflavonoids; so we must obtain them either, in our dietary intake, or through taking supplements that will supply us with them. There are many very well known natural sources of Bioflavonoids, they are to be found mainly in fresh fruits; such as, Grapefruit, Lemons, Cherries, Prunes, Apricots and Oranges. However, if there are no fresh sources of bioflavonoids available, once again, we should consider supplementation.

Herbal Bioflavonoids

There are also some known, and very good, herbal sources of bioflavonoids. Herbs such as, Horsetail, Hawthorn berries, Rosehips and Shepherds Purse. However, we should exercise some caution here, as high doses of bioflavonoids can cause diarrhea.