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Vitamin and Mineral Facts

Vitamins & Minerals are essential to sustain life. Its what keeps us alive and healthy. Among many other things, they help us digest food, burn energy, grow hair, re-build muscel fibers, strenghten cells, and its what keeps our skin smooth. Since our bodies are made out of these certain vitamins and minerals, we need to consume these nutrients daily to replenish our bodys useages.

Minerals and vitamins are macronutrients. A macronutrient is something that our body needs in small amounts. This is different than nutrients that we need in larger amounts like proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Not only are vitamins and minerals macronutrients, but they are considered coenzymes as well. This is because they assist the enzymes in the body to carry out all of the daily activities as efficiently as possible.

The major vitamins are divided into two categories. One category is "water soluble vitamins" and the other is "oil soluble vitamins." Water soluble vitamins must be taken daily because they are not stored in the body, but are excreted quickly. Examples of water soluble vitamins are Vitamin C and Vitamin B (B-Complex Vitamins). Oil soluble vitamins are stored longer in the body's fatty tissue and in the liver. Oil soluble vitamins include Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Both water and oil soluble vitamins are considered essential as the body needs them to function properly.

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Tyler D Falls is the author of other health articles and helps run a vitamin resource site called Vitamin-Spot.


Reno Gazette Journal

Diet Detective: Checking in on airline food nutrition
Reno Gazette Journal
This is why each year I contact the airlines to request nutrition information for the foods they serve economy-class passengers on domestic flights. All the airlines could do better with their snack choices – there is no clear leader. JetBlue and Delta ...
Diet Detective: The annual airline food investigation and health ratings for ...News Sentinel

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6 Things All Nutrition Experts Agree On
A vegetarian, a paleo dieter and a Mediterranean Diet proponent walk into a conference…sounds like the start of a joke, but it actually resulted in some common ground between nutrition and food systems experts last week. Put together by food and ...
The Food Cops and Their Ever-Changing Menu of TaboosWall Street Journal

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Casper Star-Tribune Online

Nutrition, recruiting benefit most from $5 million UW athletics match
Casper Star-Tribune Online
When the NCAA deregulated its nutrition rules in April 2014, Wyoming took advantage by expanding its sustenance offerings. It paid for the additional nourishment with the help of the state's $5 million match of Cowboy Joe Club donations for the 2015-16 ...


EatPlayGrow class teaches kids the importance of nutrition
(WZZM) -- Nutrition is key to leading a healthy lifestyle and it's never too early to start learning the basics. The Grand Rapids Public Library's EatPlayGrow series helps parents teach their kids the importance of good nutrition. EatPlayGrow combines ...

Auburn Citizen

Cayuga County Senior Nutrition Program menus for Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2015
Auburn Citizen
Menus are subject to change. The Cayuga County Senior Nutrition Program is held at noon Mondays through Fridays at seven nutrition sites in Cayuga County. Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance by calling: Boyle Center, (315) 253-1550; ...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

County Senior Nutrition Program serves up more than just food
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
For 16 years, Joe Orr delivered meals to the elderly as a part-time truck driver for Meals on Wheels, the delivery arm of Milwaukee County's Senior Nutrition Program. But on this day, Orr, 83 years old and three years retired, takes his usual seat in ...

Inter Press Service

Better Nutrition for Better Lives
Inter Press Service
Jomo Kwame Sundaram is the Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. ROME, Nov 26 2015 (IPS) ...

CSO Coalition Urges Kaduna to Fund Maternal, Child Nutrition
Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) has called on Kaduna State government to increase its funding for maternal and child nutrition through health and agriculture ministries. At a stakeholders meeting in Kaduna, CS-SUNN also called ...

Quinn on Nutrition: Recipe for a healthful holiday
Lexington Herald Leader
Funny how priorities get adjusted when you lose a loved one, especially one as close as a sister. So this Thanksgiving and the weekend, I'm not Christmas shopping. I am thanking God for the incredible outpouring of love and concern these past few weeks ...

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Stop manipulation at expense
Jakarta Post
Similar practices also occur in different forms throughout the world of infant and young child nutrition. There are many nutrition or public health programs sponsored by the baby food industry, such as health or nutritional programs, research ...

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