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2013 KXNT Las Vegas Health Fair at Town Square

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LivOn Labs had the opportunity to meet many of our existing fans and make new ones at the recent 100.5 FM 2013 Health Fair. The Event was held in Town Square in Las Vegas and showcased many of the top health care products and practitioners in the valley.

The KXNT Health Fair at Town Square Las Vegas provided awareness, information, and demonstrations on current news and trends concerning health related issues and topics that affect us all.

The health fair also touched on the important changes in our healthcare system due to the Affordable Care Act. Many uninsured individuals were on hand to ask questions and gain valuable insight into the changes and benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

The event featured new offerings from some of the leaders in health products including LivOn Labs who was demonstrating how to take your vitamin C in the morning to keep you healthy and active.

  • Wellness
  • Fitness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Basic Preventative Medicine
  • Lifestyle Improvements
  • Medical Screenings
  • and much more!

LivOn Labs had a blast at the event and enjoyed meeting all the new faces. We hope you had time to stop by and try some of our products.

– LivOn Team

5 Reasons Athletes Should Take Vitamin C

Not surprisingly, most athletes are unaware how important vitamin C intake is to performance. Some can get away with poor diets and supplementation for awhile (see NBA Super Star Derrick Rose’s weird eating habits). Lucky for Chicago Bulls fans, he has hired a personal trainer, chef, and is taking that next step to remain a superstar into his late 30’s. A simple search online for athletes’ dietary habits brings up a love for Big Macs, Skittles, Swedish Fish, and beer. Many of the top athletes who consume regular supplements, including vitamin C, and maintain healthy eating patterns, perform at a high level far past their primes. Below are a few examples of athletes who train just as hard in the kitchen as they do on the field or court.

  • Steve Nash – NBA SuperStar
  • Kobe Bryant – NBA SuperStar
  • Joe Namath – NFL Hall of Famer
  • Tony Gonzales – NFL Tight End
  • Billie Jean King – Tennis Player
  • Robert Parish – NBA Hall of Famer

How valuable is proper vitamin C supplementation to athletes?

Here are five reasons you should include high dose vitamin C in your regular supplementation schedule.

  1. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, protecting muscle cells from free radical damage, thus enhancing recovery and growth.
  2. Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is also involved with amino acid metabolism, especially the formation of Collagen. Collagen is the primary constituent of connective tissue, the stuff that holds your bones and muscles together. This may not seem important, but as you lift heavier weights, the stress you put on your structure becomes tremendous and risk of injury dramatically increases.
  3. Vitamin C helps in the absorption of Iron. Iron is necessary to help Oxygen bind to hemoglobin in blood. Without adequate oxygen transportation in blood, muscles are robbed of precious oxygen and performance is greatly reduced.
  4. Ascorbic acid also assists in the formation and release of steroid hormones, including the anabolic hormone testosterone.
  5. Vitamin C is perhaps the most water soluble vitamin there is. In other words, it diffuses very rapidly in water. Since a muscle cell is mostly water, the more muscular an athlete becomes, the more vitamin C disperses and the lower the concentration of this critical substance becomes in body tissues. So vitamin C requirements are greatly increased for athletes.

What are B Vitamins Good for and What Do They Each Do?

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We know B vitamins are important but many of us don’t know why. The eight B vitamins are B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. Each of these B vitamins is associated with another name which may look familiar if you have spent any time looking over the nutritional facts on your favorite foods and snacks.

Many of us get these important vitamins in our daily diets; however, with complex diets and food restrictions, supplementation may be necessary to ensure you are receiving the proper level of these essential vitamins. Let’s analyze each B vitamin and describe its benefits and common food sources.

What are B Vitamins Good for?

Vitamin Benefits Food Sources
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Helps convert carbohydrates and fat into energy; essential for normal growth and development.  Green peas, beef, liver, pinto beans, spinach, nuts, bananas, and enriched cereals.
 Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) Required for the metabolism of fats, carbs, and proteins.  Asparagus, okra, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, eggs, and fish.
 Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Used for energy metabolism in cells and DNA repair. Produces several stress-related hormones while removing toxins and chemicals from the body.  Chicken, tuna, milk, eggs, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, nuts, avocados, beans, mushrooms
 Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)  Required to sustain life and is critical in the metabolism of fats, carbs, and proteins.  Beans, eggs, meat, whole grain cereals.
 Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine and Pyridoxamine)  helps the nervous and immune systems function properly; necessary for overall good health  Green beans, salad greens, wheat germ, and bananas.
 Vitamin B7 (Biotin or Vitamin H)  Used in cell growth; the production of fatty acid; metabolism of fat; plays a role in the Krebs Cycle in which energy is released from food; helps with the transfer of carbon dioxide; helps maintain a steady blood sugar level.  Beans, cauliflower, chocolate, eggs, fish, liver, oatmeal, bananas.
 Vitamin B9 (Folic acid)  Helps the body make healthy new cells; taken before and during pregnancy can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine  Leafy greens such as spinach, dried beans and peas, sunflower seeds, oranges, asparagus
 Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)  Necessary for the synthesis of red blood cells, the maintenance of the nervous system, and the growth and development of children  Animal products such as meat, eggs, dairy products, nutritional yeast, and fortified cereals

As you can see B vitamins are necessary for many important functions in the body. When a supplement is referred to as vitamin B complex, know that this means it has many or all of the B vitamins in its composition.