What Is Vitamin Robbers?
Robbers? The term refers to anything that
increases the need for certain nutrients or depletes
the body's supplies of essential nutrients.
Principal Vitamin robber Basically the
principal vitamin robber is stress-but it must be
understood that stress covers a multitude of
conditions that place an unusual demand on the body.
Some specific factors that might increase
the certain nutrients.
well-known vitamin robbers are smoking and drinking.
Studies have shown smokers have as much as a 40%
reduction in Vitamin C compared to non-smokers.
Other studies indicate that alcohol can interfere
with the utilization of vitamins B1, B6, and folic
acid, and sometimes B12, C, and certain essential
minerals. In addition, excessive drinkers often have
poor appetites which leads to deficient diets.
medications can be considered as vitamin robbers,
since they interfere with vitamin utilization. For
example: oral contraceptives increase the need for
Vitamin B6 and folic acid, and may also reduce the
body's level of B1, B2, B12, C and E. Mineral oil,
estrogen and antibiotics, along with caffeine, have
also been "indicated" as vitamin robbers.
Dieting-a vitamin robber?
Not exactly a vitamin robber, but rather a possible
cause of a vitamin and mineral deficient diet.
When total food intake is reduced, intake of
vitamins and minerals is often automatically reduced
as well. This could result in a shortage of
essential nutrients unless vitamin and mineral
supplements are added to the diets.
Pregnancy increases the need for vitamins
and nursing women have higher needs for certain
vitamins and minerals. This is particularly true of
folic acid, for which the U.S.
Recommended Daily Allowance tor pregnant or
lactating women is 0.8 mg. The U.S. Federal
Department of Agriculture also proposed higher
amounts of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, calcium and
magnesium for pregnant and lactating women. All
other vitamins and minerals except Vitamin D have
greater "upper limits" suggested tor these women.
We urge pregnant women and nursing mothers to follow
the advice of their doctors.