Top 5 Vitamin Essentials

If your medicine cabinet is so full of supplements you can't even remember what they all do, use this guide to simplify your regimen.

Top 5 Vitamin Essentials

With supplements available for everything for your eyelashes to your toenails, it can be easy to lose track of which vitamins and minerals your body needs most. If your medicine cabinet is so full of supplements you can't even remember what they all do, give yourself a break from your million-pill regimen. These vitamin essentials will help you keep your body healthy without making you lose your mind.
Don't forget that vitamin requirements and safety can depend on your personal health issues and certain supplements can interact with each other or with medications. You should always check with your doctor before taking a new supplement. Ultimately, unless you are directed to do so by a doctor, try to limit yourself to taking no more than five supplements.

Multivitamin


A daily multivitamin is the most essential supplement to keep in your arsenal. Here's how to find the right one:

• Make sure it includes vitamins A, C, D, E and K, as well as potassium, zinc and iodine.

• It should contain 100 percent of your daily value of most vitamins and minerals. Avoid megavitamins that may contain dangerously high levels of vitamins and minerals.

• To maximize absorption, split your vitamin in two and take half in the morning and half in the evening.

High Blood Pressure: Why You Shouldn't Ignore This Silent Killer

About one in five people have high blood pressure and they don't even know it

For those of you who love murder mysteries, there just may be a silent killer wreaking havoc inside of you. Untreated hypertension, or high blood pressure, can go undetected for a long period of time, mainly because most people with elevated blood pressure do not experience any symptoms. In fact, about one in five people with high blood pressure are walking around unaware that they even have high blood pressure. Left untreated, hypertension can place you at a significantly increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms tearing open, heart failure, kidney failure, blockages in your legs, dementia, vision problems including blindness, and sexual dysfunction (I bet that last one got some of your attention).

How to Read Your Blood Pressure Numbers

Your blood pressure is made up of two numbers. The top number, called the systolic blood pressure, is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart contracts. The bottom number, the diastolic blood pressure, is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart relaxes. Both numbers are important and should be monitored. As people age, both numbers tend to increase, mainly due to increased stiffness in large vessels. Frighteningly, many studies have demonstrated that just a 20 mm Hg (units used for blood pressure) increase in the systolic number, or a 10 mm Hg increase in the diastolic number, doubles one's risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

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