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April 19 , 2009

A Simple Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Health


Vitamins and Minerals are important hormones and catalysts in the general nutrition of the body.

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Vitamins are organic substances which are made by plants or animals.

Minerals are inorganic substances that come from the earth; soil and water and are absorbed by plants.

Humans absorb minerals and vitamins from the plants and animals they eat.

It is important therefore to eat a balanced diet because a balanced diet will provide all the vitamins and minerals that a person need.

The five foods groups are:
1. Bread, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles
Contains carbohydrate, iron, thiamin mainly
Other nutrients are protein, fat, fiber, magnesium, zinc, riboflavin, niacin equivalents, folic acid and sodium.

2. Vegetables, legumes
Contains vitamin A (beta-carotene)
Other Nutrients are carbohydrate, fiber, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, folic acid and potassium.

3. Fruit
Contains vitamins, especially vitamin C
Other Nutrients are carbohydrate, fiber, and folic acid.

4. Milk, yoghurt, cheese
Contains calcium and protein
Other Nutrients are fat, cholesterol, carbohydrate, magnesium, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin B12, sodium and potassium..

5. Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, legumes.
Contains protein, iron, zinc
Other Nutrients are fat, cholesterol, niacin and vitamin B12..

Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that help the body to grow and develop normally.

To get adequate vitamins and minerals, eat a wide variety of nutritious foods
Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits; plenty of cereals; lean meat, fish, poultry; milks, yoghurts, cheeses and drink plenty of water


Chapter 1 Vitamins, Minerals And Health

Chapter 2 Vitamin A

Chapter 3 Vitamin C

Chapter 4 Vitamin D

Chapter 5 Vitamin E

Chapter 6 Vitamin K

Chapter 7 Vitamin B1

Chapter 8 Vitamin B2

Chapter 8 Vitamin B3

Chapter 10 Vitamin B5

Chapter 11 Vitamin B6

Chapter 12 Vitamin B7

Chapter 13 Vitamin B12

Chapter 14 Folic Acid(B9)

Chapter 15 Minerals

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