KEEP YOUR VITAMINS OUT OF THE BATHROOM! Humidity isn't just an annoyance fogging up your bathroom mirror. It's also damaging to anything that dissolves in water. A bar of soap will still do its job when soggy, but vitamins lose their effectiveness in humid environments, even if you just open the bottle quickly for one pill after your shower. Indicators of damage include discoloration, brown spots on the vitamins and changes in shape and texture.
ANOTHER WAY TO FIND VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS: Fresh produce is one of the most important ways for the body to obtain crucial antioxidant nutrients. Sulfurophane is present in foods such as broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts and acts as an anti-oxidant in the body. The four most common antioxidants are vitamins E and C, beta-carotene, and selenium. For vitamin E, look to walnuts, peanuts, almonds, olives, avocado, wheat germ, and liver. Leafy green vegetables are an excellent source of both vitamin E and vitamin C. Citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and broccoli can also boost your vitamin C intake. Common sources of beta-carotene include mangoes, papaya, pumpkin, spinach, kale, squash and apricots. Finally, you can get your required dose of selenium by eating seafood, beef, pork, chicken, brown rice, and whole wheat bread, which can nicely supplement the intake of nutritious produce.
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists contributed to the information contained in the TV portion of this report.