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 Vitarin Supplement Facts

 Serving Size:  3 Capsules
 Servings Per Container:  30

Per Serving
Daily Value

  Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 50 mg 83%

  Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) 400 IU 100%

  Thiamin (Thiamin HCL) 1 mg 67%

  Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL) 2 mg 100%

  Calcium (Citrate)

147 mg 15%

  Magnesium (Oxide) 400 mg 100%

  Zinc (Sulfate) 3.2 mg 21%

  Boron (Amino Acid Chelate) 1 mg *

  Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex 300 mg *

  GABA 250 mg *

 *Daily Value Not Established

Other Ingredients: Vegetarian Capsule (Hypromellose), Cellulose, Magnesium Stearate.

Daily Dosage: As a dietary supplement, take two capsules in the morning and one capsule in the afternoon with 8 ounces of water. 45-60 days of continuous use is necessary for optimum results.


Vitarin Research:

Vitamin C- Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. People suffering from CP can often dislocate a joint during a spasm or have scar tissue on the veins due to repeated needle sticks, so the production of collagen is very important to keep tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels healthy.

Vitamin C also plays a key role in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, norepinephrine. Neurotransmitters are essential to brain function and are known to affect mood; older individuals tend to have depression in conjunction with CP(26). Therefore, vitamin C’s positive effect on mood can be very beneficial to individuals suffering from CP. Additionally, vitamin C is required for the synthesis of carnitine, a small molecule that is essential for the transport of fat to the powerhouse of a cell, for conversion to energy(1).

We all know that Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system, but do you know why? This is because vitamin C is an antioxidant and even in the smallest amounts can protect extremely important molecules in the body such as protein, lipids, carbohydrates, DNA, and RNA (1). Human bodies do not possess the ability to make their source of vitamin C; therefore, we must supplement through vitamins and diet.

Vitamin D- Vitamin D is essential for the efficient utilization of calcium by the body (2). A Vitamin D deficiency can cause unexplained muscle pain and weakness (3) and is a known problem in people with CP. A study published by Pubmed proved that people, particularly those with CP, have deficiencies of vitamin D and when supplemented can increase their levels and are not associated with hypocalcemia or other adverse effects (4). Therefore, this would cut down on muscle pain and weakness. In a study of 150 consecutive patients in Minnesota for the evaluation of persistent, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain, 93% had serum 25(OH)D levels indicative of vitamin D deficiency (3).

Seizure medication may accelerate the metabolism of vitamin D, and vitamin D intake from diet and sunlight exposure may be reduced in CP patients, increasing the risk of fracture. (24) Assessing vitamin D status in children who are immobilized with CP should be a routine event with appropriate supplements being given to all affected children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently suggested that all members of the population should receive 200IU/day of vitamin(25)

Thiamin- Thiamin is a water-soluble B vitamin, previously known as vitamin B1 or aneurine(5). Thiamin was also the first organic compound to be recognized in the 1930s as a vitamin(6). Thiamin is a required coenzyme to several important enzymes in the body. A deficiency in Thiamin can cause neuropathy, muscle pain and weakness, cardiac disturbances, and neurological disturbances(5). A common “side effect” of CP is something called post-impairment syndrome(26), this is a combination of muscle pain and weakness the supplementation of thiamin in the diet may decrease muscle pain and weakness.

Vitamin B6- B6 is an extremely important vitamin in the body it affects everything from your nervous system to your immune system, hormones, and your DNA. Making sure you have enough B6 in your diet is essential to feeling healthy and energized as it also plays a key role in the synthesis of heme, which is the iron-carrying component of the blood (7).

Calcium- Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body about 99% of the calcium in the body is found in the bones and teeth, while the other one percent is found in the soft tissue and blood. Calcium is crucial to a healthy skeletal system (8). Not only is calcium important to the skeletal system but that one percent in the blood has a huge job. It is responsible for constriction and relaxation of blood vessels, nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and the secretion of hormones (9).

Calcium is known for the prevention of osteoporosis; however, what most people don’t know is a very real and serious condition that often accompanies CP is something called osteopenia (26). Osteopenia is a condition that causes weakening of the bone and leads to fragile easy to break bones; calcium along with Vitamin D is essential to people with CP most definitely if the individual is of little to no weight-bearing.

Magnesium- Magnesium is an essential mineral to the proper function of the human body. It plays a key role in several of our body systems such as bone health, cell communication, energy production, and synthesis of essentials molecules. Of the magnesium that exists in the body 60% of it is in the skeleton, 27% is in the muscle, 6-7% is found in other cells, and 1% is found outside the cells(10).

Zinc- Zinc is a trace element essential for all forms of life. The discovery of the need for zinc is relatively new; it was not discovered that this element was essential until 1961. It was then that doctors and researchers put together a link between low zinc diets and "adolescent nutritional dwarfism" this link was made in teenagers in the middle east (11). Since then, there have been many links between zinc insufficiencies and debilitating diseases in developing countries (12). Zinc plays key roles in growth and development as well as neurological function, reproduction, and immune response (13).

The neurological role of Zinc is that of cell signaling; it has been found to influence the release of hormones and nerve impulse transmission. It has recently been found that zinc has a direct effect on apoptosis as well as many long-term illnesses and diseases (14).

Boron- Is a trace element that has a direct effect on the absorption of calcium and magnesium (15) calcium and magnesium are essential to individuals suffering from CP, therefore boron is essential to make sure they are absorbed adequately. According to the USDA, boron is a trace mineral that helps bones develop and grow normally. Boron becomes especially important when there is not enough vitamin D in the diet. Boron may also prevent arthritis(16) a common side effect of CP. Decreased amounts of Boron have been shown to cause decreased electrical activity in the brain, as well as impaired hand-eye coordination, and poor manual dexterity (17).

Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex- Bioflavonoid complex has been said to be a major boost to vitamin C (18). As well as having many vascular benefits such as healing ulcers and increasing blood flow (19,20). Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex is an all-around wonderful product that works in conjunction with vitamin C to ensure you receive the maximum benefits necessary.

GABA- GABA functions as a neurotransmitter helping nerve cells to communicate and lower stress. Research has shown that individuals with low levels of GABA are more susceptible to irritability, anxiety, and depression (21). This particular supplement has also proved to have effects on epilepsy and ADD (22,23). Epilepsy and depression are very common secondary diseases related to CP (26).



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