|Alcohol & Nutrition
Alcohol is devoid of proteins, minerals, and vitamins and it inhibits the absorption and usage of vital nutrients such as B1, B2, B6, B9, B12 which are especially vulnerable to alcohol use.
These vitamins are essential to mental and emotional well being.
Thiamin (B1) is involved in the metabolism of proteins and fat and the formation of hemoglobin. It is also essential to optimal performance for its role in metabolizing carbohydrates (sugars). Deficiencies can cause depression, neurological and cardiac disorders
Riboflavin (B2) Breaks down carbs (sugars), fats and protein for conversion to energy. Supports function of B-3 and B-6. Supports mucous membranes and red blood cell production. In 1982, an article published in the British Journal of Psychiatry reported that every one of 172 successive patients admitted to a British psychiatric hospital for treatment for depression was deficient in B2
Niacin (B3) Is believed to help cholesterol, blood glucose levels, red blood cell formation, brain function. Depletion causes anxiety, depression, apprehension and fatigue.
Pyridoxine (B6) supports immune system, red blood cell strength, nerve communications, production of hormones that control mood and stress. Deficiencies can disrupt the formation of neurotransmitters.
Folate (B9) supports cell division, DNA and RNA formation, muscle strength and carbs converted to energy. Deficiency can cause depression. Integral part of a coenzyme involved in the formation of new cells; a lack of it can cause a blood disorder called "megaloblastic anemia", which causes a lowering of oxygen-carrying capacity and thus negatively affects endurance activities.
Cobalamin (B12) Supports DNA and RNA production as well as the important nerve protective sheath, Myelin. Supports red blood cells in the transportation of oxygen and nutrients.
Deficiencies of other nutrients can also contribute to the negative feelings that frequently lead susceptible individuals toward another alcoholic beverage. These include:
Zinc essential to your energy metabolic processes. Since alcohol depletes your zinc resources, the effect is an even greater reduction of your endurance. It also supports wound healing, immune system, DNA production and normal cell division. Continued deficiency can result in apathy, lack of appetite and lethargy
Vitamin C supports collagen production for skin, immune system and antioxidant activity. With prolonged deficiency comes chronic depression and fatigue
Iron supports oxygen transportation, cell function. Deficiency can cause depression.
Manganese supports enzymes that help break down carbs, amino acids and cholesterol. Supports the body’s use of B Complex and C vitamins
Chromium supports insulin’s actions, enhances glucose uptake into cells. Deficiency can cause hypoglycemia
Why you should not use synthetic vitamins: One study shows that the liver does not sufficiently process synthetic B6 and B3 and can cause toxic build up. Mega doses of synthetic B vitamins can be antagonistic to the usefulness of other B vitamins in the body.
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