The ABC’s of Vitamins
Here’s our Cast List: Vitamin A; the “B’s” (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12); Vitamins C, D, E, K, and P.
Some, like Vitamin C, are old friends; others, like Vitamin P (bioflavonoids) are more mysterious. What they have in common: all can be found in one or another food source. And all can be taken as “Vitamin Supplements.”
Here’s where the ABC’s of vitamins begin to get fuzzy. Not everyone agrees on the merits of vitamin supplements. And vitamins appear to have a role in disease prevention, but researchers are still working to understand it.
We do know that a balanced diet of meat, fish, dairy products, whole grains, citrus and other fruits, and green leafy vegetables can provide virtually all necessary vitamins and minerals. But handfuls of vitamin supplements can’t turn a “junk food” diet into a healthy one.
Curious Vitamin Facts
- Vitamin D, found in butter, fish liver, and milk, is the only vitamin that can also be absorbed into the body from sunshine. That’s why it’s called the “sunshine vitamin.”
- Vitamin P can be found in citrus fruit rinds and rose hips. But we haven’t discovered what results from a “Vitamin P deficiency.”
- Massive amounts of Vitamin C is believed by some—though by no means all—research physicians to be capable of combating the common cold.
“A” is for … Antioxidants
- Antioxidants are molecules that appear to be closely involved in the prevention of cellular damage—the common pathway for cancer, aging, heart disease and more.
- They’re found in Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and a Vitamin A precursor called Beta-carotene.
- They’re found in green, leafy vegetables, carrots, and sweet potatoes. But curiously, high levels of antioxidants are in black coffee! So not only does Java help keep you awake, it may help keep you alive!
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.