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Vitamins and Minerals

 

Vitamins and minerals are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally. The primary source of vitamins and minerals comes from the foods we eat, and some foods are richer in certain vitamins and minerals than others.

 

Essential Vitamins

There are 13 essential vitamins that are classified according to their ability to be absorbed in fat or water. The fat-soluble vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. These vitamins are typically consumed along with fat-containing foods and are then stored in body fat for use by the body as needed. For this reason, fat-soluble vitamins do not have to be consumed every day. Water-soluble vitamins include the eight B vitamins and vitamin C. Water-soluble vitamins are consumed by the body right away and any excess is excreted. For this reason, water-soluble vitamins must be consumed frequently, preferably every day, to maintain optimum health.

 

Only vitamin D can be manufactured by the body. All others must be derived from the diet, either from food or supplements. Vitamin deficiencies in the diet can cause a wide range of health problems and dysfunctions, such as acne, fatigue, depressed immune system, and anemia.

 

Dietary Minerals

Even though minerals may be required in small quantities in your diet, they are still vitally important to your general health and wellbeing. Essential minerals include Calcium, Chloride, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Sulfur. There are other minerals that are required in your diet, but in much smaller quantities, called Trace Minerals. The minerals in this category include Boron, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Fluorine, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Silicon and Zinc.

 

Antioxidants

Antioxidants, that are substances or nutrients found in food, are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of potentially harmful molecules in you body called free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced from many normal body processes, such as when cells in the body use oxygen, or during the breakdown of food. Free radicals in the body can also be attributed to exposure to environmental toxins like tobacco smoke and radiation. Health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, and cancer are all contributed to cellular damage by free radicals.

 

Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and work to prevent and repair damage done by free radicals in the body. For this reason, foods naturally containing antioxidants are an essential part of a healthy diet. Antioxidant substances include Beta-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Antioxidants are found in many foods including fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, poultry, fish and some other meats. Some foods are higher in antioxidants than other, such as Blueberries that are considered the top antioxidant food, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals compared to other fruits and vegetables.

 

Vitamins and Minerals Articles

These Antioxidant Rich Meals Enhance Your Immune System

By WLC Admin
Friday, 03 February 2017

Antioxidant Rich MealsEating the right foods, and making it a point to consume more antioxidant rich meals, can help you boost your overall health by enhancing the power of your immune system. Because your immune system is responsible for protecting your ....

Addicted to Candy? Ways to Crush the Cravings

By WLC Admin
Monday, 03 October 2016

Addicted to CandyFor many of us, a sweet tooth can be so big that it can feel like we are addicted to candy. The truth of the matter is that this could very well be the case. When you eat enough ....

Is Himalayan Pink Salt Healthier Than Table Salt?

By WLC Admin
Monday, 12 September 2016

Himalayan Pink SaltMany health experts and nutritionists claim that Himalayan pink salt is better for your overall health when compared to traditional table salt. But is this really true, and is it really worth spending the extra money at the grocery ....

The Benefits of Manganese Supplementation

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 07 January 2015

Benefits of ManganeseTruth be told, there are several good ways in which the average person can naturally improve his or her own health. Seeing a doctor for every single ache and pain in your body might be a good idea for ....

How Hormones are Affected by Weight

By WLC Admin
Friday, 02 January 2015

Hormones are Affected by WeightYou may recognize that you need to lose weight but you may not know just how great this impact can be, or you may not realize just how greatly hormones are affected by weight. Though it sounds ....

The Importance of Folic Acid for Women

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 09 December 2014

folic acid for womenFolate is a compound and a form of vitamin B that is found in plants. Folic acid is a synthetic or human-made version of folate. This compound is used by the body for the production of new cells. ....

Cancer Patients Should Talk to Doctors about Supplements

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 13 November 2014

Talk to Doctors about SupplementsThough such products have very mixed results overall, many patients who are concerned about cancer may talk to doctors about supplements. Many health experts will say that supplements are simply not proven to be helpful, but that’s ....

Liver Damage Linked to Certain Herbals and Supplements

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Liver DamageMost people begin taking herbals and supplements because they wish to improve their health, not usually because they want to make matters worse on themselves. Well, according to recent studies, the latter may very well be exactly what some ....

How to Tell Whether You Have a Zinc Deficiency

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 07 August 2014

Zinc DeficiencyThe human body is a complicated organism, and because of that it requires a lot of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to function properly. Think of your body as a fine automobile, with its quality of performance dependent upon its upkeep. ....

The Top 3 Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies Most People Face

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 19 March 2014

vitamin and mineral deficienciesDid you know that most people have symptoms they can’t explain simply because of vitamin and mineral deficiencies? Here we review the symptoms of some of these deficiencies and advise you on how to address each of the ....

How to Avoid Vitamin Poisoning

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 19 February 2014

vitamin poisoningBelieve it or not there is a such thing as vitamin poisoning called hypervitaminosis. This is when you have a store of vitamins in your body that are not water soluble. Vitamins come in two categories and they are water ....

Are Bananas Really The Best Sources of Potassium?

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

best sources of potassiumMost people believe that bananas are the best Sources of Potassium. Our parents drove that into our heads as kids over and over--just like drinking milk for calcium. But did you know that there are many foods out ....

Coenzyme Q10 Health Benefits

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 15 August 2013

coenzyme Q 10Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a natural enzyme found in the body. This enzyme covers a wide range of health benefits, and scientists continue to research its effects even now, after it was first discovered in 1957.   One ....

Lycopene Antioxidant Health Benefits

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 19 June 2013

lycopeneLycopene is a type of carotenoid that occurs naturally in a number of different foods.  It is what is responsible for the rich red color of many types of vegetables and fruits, especially in the case of tomatoes.  It is only ....

L-Tryptophan

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 23 August 2012

L-tryptophan is one of the 8 essential amino acids our bodies require to function. L-tryptophan is a biochemical our bodies do not produce and therefore must come from what we eat. Its function is to manufacture neurotransmitters such as serotonin and melatonin. A neurotransmitter is a messenger that delivers messages ....

Do Carrots Improve Eyesight

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 08 August 2012

  What’s the deal with the old adage to “eat your carrots because they help you to see better at night”. Fact or fiction? True or false? This old wives tale is a myth that was started in World War II by British Intelligence who spread rumors that their pilots ....

Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Weight Loss

By WLC Admin
Monday, 13 February 2012

Dry hair, hair loss and slow healing wounds are all signs of a deficiency or lack in your body of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This essential amino acid is part of a group of unsaturated omega-6 fatty acids.   Dietary Sources of CLA Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is not ....

Health Benefits of Bee Pollen

By WLC Admin
Monday, 13 February 2012

Bee pollen is capable of rejuvenating the body while stimulating the glands and organs and enhancing vitality. The ability of bee pollen to noticeably and consistently increase the levels of energy ensures it is a favorite among athletes and people interested in enhancing and sustaining quality performance.   Many of ....

About Lactose Intolerance

By WLC Admin
Monday, 06 February 2012

Young children with lactase deficiency should not eat any foods containing lactose. Most older children and adults need not avoid lactose completely, but people differ in the amounts and types of foods they can handle. For example, one person may have symptoms after drinking a small glass of milk, while ....

Dairy Fats and Calcium Absorption

By WLC Admin
Monday, 06 February 2012

A common misconception when it comes to eating a proper diet is that fat-free dairy products lack the dairy fats that are necessary for proper calcium absorption. Although it is true that your body does require these types of fats to use calcium, dairy fats are not required for calcium ....

 
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