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Orthomolecular Medicine

 vitamins molecular medicine


What it does

Where it's found

Symptoms & problems
of deficiency

Vitamin E

Antioxidant, regulates oxidation reactions, stabilizes cell membrane, immune function, protects against cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration

Wheat germ, liver, eggs, nuts, seeds, cold - pressed vegetable oils, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, avocados, asparagus

Skin, hair, rupturing of red blood cells, anemia, bruising, PMS, hot flashes, eczema, psoriasis, cataracts, wound healing, muscle weakness, sterility


Bones, teeth, helps heart, nerves, muscles, body systems work properly, needs other nutrients to function

Dairy, wheat/soy flour, molasses, Brewer’s yeast, Brazil nuts, broccoli, cabbage, dark leafy greens, hazelnuts, oysters, sardines, canned salmon

Osteoporosis, osteomalacia, osteoarthritis, muscle cramps, irritability, acute anxiety, colon cancer risk


Assists insulin function, increases fertility, carbohydrate/fat metabolism, essential for fetal growth/development

Supplementation, Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, seafood, green beans, broccoli, prunes, nuts, potatoes, meat

Metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, decreased fertility


300 biochemical reactions, muscle/nerve function, heart rhythm, immune system, strong bones, regulates calcium, copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D

Green vegetables, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, whole unprocessed grains

Appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue cramps, numbness, tingling, seizures, heart spasms, personality changes, heart rhythm


Antioxidant, works with vitamin E, immune function, prostaglandin production

Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, liver, butter, cold water fish, shellfish, garlic, whole grains, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts

Destruction to heart/pancreas, sore muscles, fragility of red blood cells, immune system


Supports enzymes, immune system, wound healing, taste/smell, DNA synthesis, normal growth & development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence

Oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, seafood, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, dairy

Growth retardation, hair loss, diarrhea, impotence, eye & skin lesions, loss of appetite, taste, weight loss, wound healing, mental lethargy

CO Q10

Powerful antioxidant, stops oxidation of LDL cholesterol, energy production, important to heart, liver and kidneys

Oily fish, organ meats, whole grains

Congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, angina, mitral valve prolapse, fatigue, gingivitis, immune system stroke, cardiac arrhythmias


Energy, heart function, oxidize amino acids for energy, metabolize ketones

Red meat, dairy, fish, poultry, tempeh (fermented soybeans), wheat, asparagus, avocados, peanut butter

Elevated cholesterol, liver function, muscle weakness, reduced energy, impaired glucose control

N-Acetyl Crysteine (NAC) & Glutathione

Glutathione production, lowers homocysteine, lipoprotein (a), heal lungs, inflammation, decrease muscle fatigue, liver detoxification, immune function

Meats, ricotta, cottage cheese, yogurt, wheat germ, granola, oat flakes

Free radical overload, elevated homocysteine, cancer risk, cataracts, macular degeneration, immune function, toxin elimination

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Energy, blood flow to nerves, glutathione levels in brain, insulin sensitivity, effectiveness of vitamins C, E, antioxidants

Supplementation, spinach, broccoli, beef, Brewer’s yeast, some organ meats

Diabetic neuropathy, reduced muscle mass, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, failure to thrive, brain atrophy, high lactic acid


Bone formation, involved in healing process, LESS energy production, hair and skin coloring, taste sensitivity, stimulates iron absorption, helps metabolize several fatty acids

Oysters, seeds, dark leafy vegetables, organ meats, dried legumes, whole grain breads, nuts, shellfish, chocolate, soybeans, oats, blackstrap molasses

Osteoporosis, anemia, baldness, diarrhea, general weakness, impaired respiratory function, myelopathy, decreased skin pigment, reduced resistance to infection

Vitamin B1

Carb. conversion, breaks down fats & protein, digestion, nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, mouth, liver, immune system

Pork, organ meats, whole grain and enriched cereals, brown rice, wheat germ, bran, Brewer’s yeast, blackstrap molasses

Anemia, decreased free radical protection, cataracts, poor thyroid function, B6 deficiency, fatigue, elevated homocysteine

Vitamin B3

Energy, digestion, nervous system, skin, hair, eyes, liver, eliminates toxins, sex/stress hormones, improves circulation

Beets, Brewer’s yeast, meat, poultry, organ meats, fish, seeds, nuts

Cracking, scaling skin, digestive problems, confusion, anxiety, fatigue

Vitamin B6

Enzyme, protein metabolism, RBC production, reduces homocysteine, nerve & muscle cells, DNA/RNA, B12 absorption, immune function

Poultry, tuna, salmon, shrimp, beef liver, lentils, soybeans, seeds, nuts, avocados, bananas, carrots, brown rice, bran, wheat germ, whole grain flour

Depression, sleep and skin problems, confusion, anxiety, fatigue

Vitamin B12

Healthy nerve cells, DNA/RNA, red blood cell production, iron function

Fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, milk products

Anemia, fatigue, constipation, loss of appetite/weight, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, depression, dementia, poor memory, oral soreness

Vitamin B3

Carbs, fat, amino acid metabolism (the building blocks of protein)

Salmon, meats, vegetables, grains, legumes, lentils, egg yolks, milk, sweet potatoes, seeds, nuts, wheat germ

Depression, nervous system, premature graying, hair, skin


Carbs, fat, amino acid metabolism (the building blocks of protein)

Salmon, meats, vegetables, grains, legumes, lentils, egg yolks, milk, sweet potatoes, seeds, nuts, wheat germ

Depression, nervous system, premature graying, hair, skin


Mental health, infant DNA/RNA, adolescence & pregnancy, with B12 to regulate RBC production, iron function, reduce homocysteine

Supplementation, fortified grains, tomato juice, green vegetables, black-eyed peas, lentils, beans

Anemia, immune fuction, fatigue, insomnia, hair, high homocysteine, cardiovascular disease


RBC production, sex and stress-related hormones, immune function, healthy digestion, helps use other vitamins

Meat, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lentils, egg yolks, milk, sweet potatoes, seeds, nuts, wheat germ, salmon

Stress tolerance, wound healing, skin problems, fatigue

Vitamin A

Eyes, immune function, skin, essential cell growth and development

Milk, eggs, liver, fortified cereals, orange or green vegetables, fruits

Night blindness, immune function, zinc deficiency, fat malabsorption

Vitamin C

Enzyme activation, second messenger roles (transmitting hormonal information), blood clotting, cell and cell organelle membrane function, nerve impulse transmission and muscular contraction, tone and irritability

Supplemention, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, citrus, guava, kiwi, papaya, parsley, peas, potatoes, peppers, parsley, rose hips, strawberries and tomatoes

Muscular and nervous irritability, muscle spasms, muscle cramps and tetany, tooth decay, periodontal disease, depression, possibly hypertension

Vitamin D

Calcium and phosphorus levels, calcium absorption, bone mineralization

Sunlight, milk, egg yolks, liver, fish

Osteoporosis, calcium absorption, thyroid

Vitamin K

Aids in the formation of clotting factors and bone proteins and the formation of glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver

Kale, green tea, turnip greens, spinach, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, beef liver, asparagus, watercress, cheese, oats, peas, whole wheat

Excessive bleeding, a history of bruising, appearance of ruptured capillaries or menorrhagia (heavy periods)

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