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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.

Have a question about vitamins? Try posting it on these Vitamin Forums

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


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Voice of America

New Fund to Support Nutrition Programs for Children
Voice of America
They say countries in Africa and Asia lose up to 11 percent of their economic output from the effects of poor nutrition. On the other hand, experts say good nutrition results in children growing up to lead healthy, productive lives, with a good chance ...
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New $1B global fund targets child nutritionUSA TODAY
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The Augusta Chronicle

Local nutrition managers take first in contest
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“Children don't care too much about sweet potatoes, but it's a good vitamin. It's the nutrition they need but don't know they need,” she said. “It's healthier for them.” Motumbo is the resource manager for Richmond County School Nutrition. She trains ...



Greenville News

Pickens student nutrition director named state Director of the Year
Greenville News
Sally Nicholson, director of Student Nutrition Services for the Pickens County School District, has been named Director of the Year by the South Carolina School Nutrition Association, according to the district. The statewide honor recognizes “the ...



ConsumerAffairs

Feds charge Floyd Nutrition with selling misbranded drugs, money laundering
ConsumerAffairs
boasts Floyd Nutrition's website, where it offers a supposed free trial of "Pure Asian Garcinia." But the U.S. Attorney in Harrisburg, Pa., Peter Smith, isn't signing up for the free trial. Instead, he's charging Cheryl Floyd, 52, with introducing ...

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Healthy Eats (blog)

Nutrition News: Dining Out Risks, When to Eat, and How Healthy is Your Snack ...
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ABC News

Beech-Nut Nutrition Recalls Baby Food After Glass Found in Jar
ABC News
Beech-Nut Nutrition announced a recall of approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food products after a consumer found a small piece of glass in one of the jars. The recall, announced Tuesday on the website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), ...
Beech-Nut Nutrition Issues Baby Food RecallValley News Live
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Dallas Morning News

Simple ways to boost nutrition
Dallas Morning News
One of the secrets to eating better is trade-offs you can live with — and even love. That's why I use avocado instead of cheese on my breakfast tacos. Out with the bad fats, in with the good. In the evolving world of good food choices, sometimes it's ...



Business Wire (press release)

Arbonne Introduces PhytoSport Sports Nutrition
Business Wire (press release)
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arbonne International, LLC (Arbonne) has launched its first sports nutrition line called PhytoSport™. The Arbonne PhytoSport collection is designed to deliver a competitive edge to athletes and amateur activity ...

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World Bank Impressed With Malawi's Nutrition Improvement Project
AllAfrica.com
Also speaking in an exclusive interview, Director of Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS in the Ministry of Health, Felix Phiri said the project which was launched in 2012 and is expected run up to 2017, has already registered an impact.



Live Science

Brown Rice: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts
Live Science
White rice was once brown rice, but the hull and bran around the kernel are removed to make it white. With brown rice, only the hull of the rice kernel is removed during preparation. This leaves most of the rice kernel's nutrition value intact. Brown ...

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