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Vitamin B is one of the most important vitamins that the body requires. There are eight different types of Vitamin B. The most common and well know is Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 like all other Vitamin B complex vitamins is water soluble. It has a key role in the creation of blood and is also key in how well the brain and the nervous system functions.
Different types of Vitamin B
Vitamin B1 – also called Thiamine is used to treat Thiamine deficiency. Thiamine deficiency can lead to several conditions like Beriberi, Wernicke-Karsakoff syndrome, cataracts and Alzheimer disease. Thiamin is also considered an anti-stress vitamin because it helps the body stay strong when under stressful conditions.
Vitamin B2 – also known as Riboflavin helps the body metabolize fats and protein and helps the body by getting rid of free radicals in the system. People in the US rarely suffer from a deficiency of this vitamin because our food sources provide an adequate supply.
Vitamin B6 – also called Pyridoxine helps the body create neurotransmitters which are the chemicals that carry signals from one nerve cell to another. This vitamin is also key in breaking calories down into energy and creating red blood cells.
Red Clover is indigenous to Europe and Asia. It grows wild in meadows and is a main part of the diet for grazing animals. It has become naturalized to grow in North America and is considered to be one of the best sources for isoflavones. Isoflavones are a plant chemical that acts like an estrogen.
How to use Red Clover
Red Clover has a distinct red flower that grows on a branched stem. The Red Clover flower is edible and often used in salads or as decoration on cakes or other food items. When used medicinally the flower is dried and crushed; it is then used in teas, tinctures, topical treatment or made into capsules for oral consumption. Read more
As far back as biblical times, Fenugreek has been used to promote increased flow of breast milk. Fenugreek is native to Europe and Asia and is a member of the legume family. Like Red Cover it is a phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are plants chemicals that have properties similar to the female hormone estrogen. A compound named diosgenin which is also found in the Fenugreek is what is attributed to the increase of breast milk. Scientist believe that the reason Fenugreek increases the production of breast milk is because Fenugreek stimulates sweat glands and the human breast is a modified sweat gland.
The Fenugreek plant is grown in the US as well as in other countries to be used as a food condiment, dye and medicine. The plant blooms with white flowers in early summer. These flowers turn into long slender pods which hold the brown seed which is used to create commercial products. In India and China this herb is used to treat arthritis, improve digestion, and treat upper respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis.
Losing your love handles does not have to be time consuming. In fact just making a few changes will help you on your way to a leaner waist line.
Controlling your food intake is of course like with any weight loss is the first thing you need to concentrate on. Even little adjustments to your current diet can reduce your calorie intake which can lead to weight loss. There are 3500 calories in one pound so by cutting just 100 calories a day from your regular diet it is possible for you to lose up to 10 pounds a year.
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