Perhaps none of the vitamins known to science are not overlooked as vitamin U. At the mention of it, many remember something about a cabbage … or about the plague … or about what it is like and no vitamin at all … And yet, without the substance a person has difficulty.
Vitamin U (or, scientifically, S-metilmetionin) in our body performs several important functions, one of which is methylation dangerous for our body connections. In more understandable language, Vitamin U helps our body’s defenses to recognize foreign substances and get rid of them. Vitamin U is also involved in the synthesis of many useful biologically active substances such as choline (vitamin B4).
Vitamin U was discovered by American scientist Cheney (rank) in the late 40-ies. In the cabbage juice scientist discovered a substance, which heals stomach ulcers. And the name of the substance was given from the Latin word «ulcus», which means “plague”. Vitamin U is a derivative of methionine – essential amino acid, so this matter, many researchers see as a crystalline amino acid, vitamin-like substance. Absolutely indispensable for us, a substance called vitamin U is impossible, but we must remember that the human body it is not synthesized.
Nevertheless, this vitamin brings us many benefits. Vitamin U promotes healing of various lesions of the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract (all kinds of erosions and ulcers). Metiliruya histamine, vitamin U turns it into an inactive form. This helps to reduce gastric acid secretion, decrease pain and speed recovery. What’s interesting – Vitamin U is able to normalize the acid-forming function of the stomach: a reduced acidity is increased and increased – is reduced. So we can say that vitamin U – is the main defender of our stomach.
Vitamin U has antihistamine effects. It reduces the symptoms of food allergies, asthma, hay fever and other troubles. Vitamin U also helps treat skin diseases.
Like choline and methionyl, Vitamin U has lipotropic effect, ie the effect on fat metabolism. In particular, protects the liver from fatty degeneration. As well as beneficial effects on cerebral blood flow and coronary atherosclerosis, as improves cholesterol metabolism. Another useful property of vitamin U is its ability to detoxify some toxic substances and toxins.
Vitamin U – common enough substance. If you are preparing salads of cabbage or kale for the winter bib, then you do very wisely – because it is in the cabbage contained the highest amount of vitamin U. And most importantly – you can drink the cabbage juice for at least a liter a day for several months, and it does not threaten but good, because “overeat” the vitamin is quite difficult. Experts recommend drinking cabbage juice in health care for a glass before each meal.
Adage “A healthy body – healthy mind” people do not come up with nothing. Recent studies increasingly demonstrate this axiom. For example, there were some interesting data on the effectiveness of vitamin U in the treatment of endogenous depression (depressed mood) that are not amenable to treatment with psychotropic drugs.
Vitamin U enters into our body mainly from plant foods. In addition to glorify him cabbage and vitamin U found in almost all vegetables: parsley, celery, onion, a carrot, beets, asparagus, peppers, spinach, turnips, tomatoes. Vitamin U is found in green tea and juice of raw potatoes. From animal products vitamin U found in cheese (home) milk, raw egg yolks, and to a lesser extent in the liver.
Vitamin U is sufficiently stable to heat, but up to certain limits, of course. When cooking, say, a cabbage for 10 minutes lost only about 4% of the vitamin, but partially destroyed roughage, irritate the stomach and intestines. But if you cook the cabbage the same hour and a half, no vitamins do not outsource. In the preferred form of this vitamin is stored in the boiled beets – so salads with it should be frequent guests at your table.
Artificially synthesized vitamin U is a white crystalline powder, sweet taste with a specific smell. It is highly soluble in water (which is why it is almost impossible to poison, as the surplus just the kidneys, which can not be said about the fat-soluble vitamins), is rapidly degraded in the light. It is used to treat stomach ulcers. However, numerous observations show that the synthetic vitamin is not as effective as its natural progenitor. Probably, the fact that nothing has ever man-did not become better and more efficient natural, living things. Therefore, eat a balanced, properly and stay healthy!