L-Arginine - an amino acid found in meats, grains and fish, passes through the intestine into the blood, entering the endothelial cells, where it creates nitric oxide. It is hard to get adequate Larginine from food, so supplements are suggested. Recommended daily dosage: 4,000 to 6,000 mg
L-Citrulline - Melons and cucumbers are abundant sources of L-citrulline, however, they provide insufficient levels to substantially increase nitric oxide levels. Studies indicate supplemental L-Arginine does not enter cells easily unless it is combined with L-citrulline,another amino acid. Recommended daily dosage: 400 to 600 mg daily.
Vitamin C - Like Vitamin E, Vitamin C reduces oxidation in the blood vessels and may trigger an increase in nitric oxide. Studies have shown that people who intake high levels of Vitamin C will see a reduction in arterial plaque, which has been linked with higher levels of nitric oxide. Vitamin C is found abundantly in food, and supplements are convenient and easy to take. Recommended daily dosage is 500 mg daily.
Vitamin B - Vitamin B12 is water-soluble and is needed to keep your nerves and red blood cells healthy. B12 also helps to regulate the nervous system, reducing depression, stress, and brain shrinkage. B12 is also needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose, leading to energy production thus decreasing fatigue and lethargy in the body. Vitamin B12 helps protect against cancers and guards against heart disease by improving unhealthy cholesterol levels, protecting against stroke, and high blood pressure. Vitamin B12 can only be found only in foods derived from animals such as meats, fish, shellfish, liver, kidney, eggs, milk, and oysters.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) – Food sources include pork, meats, whole grains and cereals, legumes, and green, leafy vegetables. Vitamin B6 aids in protein metabolism and red blood cell development. It is also involved in the body’s manufacture of chemicals such as insulin and hemoglobin.
Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K dissolve in fat before they are absorbed in the bloodstream to carry out their functions.
Vitamin D - Vitamin D found in many dietary sources, such as fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil and from 10 minutes a day sun exposure. Vitamin D helps to regulate blood pressure, reduce respiratory infections, reduce stress and tension, relieve body aches and pains by reducing muscle spasms, aid in insulin secretion, help in differentiation of the cells, help fight depression, improves overall skin health making skin soft, strong, and smooth by reducing wrinkles, and improve cardiovascular strength by providing a protective lining for the blood vessels.
Vitamin K - Vitamin K is generally associated with blood clotting because it helps to arouse the proteins and calcium that allow your blood to clot. If you get recurrent nose bleeds, and have bleeding gums, you may have a vitamin-K deficiency. Vitamin K comes from green, leafy vegetables, especially iceberg lettuce, cabbage, turnip greens, cooked kale, collard greens broccoli, soybean oil, and spinach. Lower amounts occur in okra, asparagus, prunes and avocados. Vitamin K is also made by the healthy bacteria that reside in the human intestines.
Sea Minerals – are important for the body because they create a healthy environment in which vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats work most favorably to bring about health and healing. Studies have indicated that people with arthritis have experienced therapeutic benefits by eating vegetables from a garden cultivated with sea minerals.
Magnesium – natural dietary sources of magnesium include nuts, particularly almonds, wheat germ, fish, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables. Most importantly magnesium is linked with lowering the risk of coronary heart diseases. Other essential health benefits of magnesium include protein synthesis, improvement of parathyroid function, and relief from bronchospasm (constricted airways) in the lungs. Magnesium boosts the absorption of vitamin B6 and cholesterol, and prevents or treats high blood pressure, osteoporosis, insomnia, constipation, migraines, depression, kidney stones, gallstones, and improves muscle functioning.