Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Vitamin C Powder As A Dietary Supplement

By Richard Rosal

Vitamin C powder is a supplement comprising Ascorbic acid, an essential water-soluble vitamin needed by the body to complete a broad range of functions. It is primarily used as an anti-oxidant, preventing LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol from causing oxidative damage, which in turn can lead to heart disease.

Vitamin C powder contains Ascorbic acid, a vital ingredient in the production of cells and tissue in your body. It is essential for the proper function and repair of blood vessels, bones, ligaments, the healing of wounds and formation of scar tissue as well as the maintenance of cartilage and strong teeth.

A vitamin C deficiency, also known as Scurvy, can have far reaching negative effects on your health and well being. Side effects of a lack of this important protein in the body are nosebleeds, swollen and painful joints, dry, scaly skin, bleeding gums and gingivitis, anemia, slow healing of wounds, weakened tooth enamel and a slower metabolic rate which can lead to weight gain. Hence you can see the benefits of adding regular doses of vitamin C powder to your diet.

Vitamin C powder contains anti-oxidants which are useful in the fight against free radicals. These are by products of our body's conversion process of food to energy. Anti-oxidants can protect against heart disease, the crippling effects of arthritis and even cancer. Anti-oxidants can dramatically reduce the negative effects of pollutants found in our air, water and food, as well as toxic chemical and cigarette smoke.

There are a variety of available options to consider when purchasing your vitamin C powder. Thanks to the convenience of modern society the consumer can choose from a wide range of products, some odorless and flavorless and some with additional nutrients, including calcium and magnesium. The addition of bicarbonate of soda makes for a fun and fizzy drink. An intake of 60 milligrams of Vitamin C is recommended for adults, an additional 35 milligrams to guard against free radicals for smokers.

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