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Sandy asks…

what are vitamins and minerals?

vti answers:

Vitamins and minerals make people’s bodies work properly. Although you get vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat every day, some foods have more vitamins and minerals than others.
Vitamins are like a,b,c,d,k …………vitamins are of two type…………1-fat soluble and 2- water soluble…………..the diff is jst reveal through there names .
And the difference between minerals and vitamin is that Whereas vitamins are organic substances (made by plants or animals), minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals.
Body needs larger amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, to grow and stay healthy. Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day.

Steven asks…

Do humans NEED vitamins and minerals?

If yes, then why are they not as stressed enough about as fat, carbs, and protein? I hear a bunch of talk about how we NEED fat, carbs, and protein everyday…but when it comes to vitamins, people say get as many different kinds as you can…as if vitamins are OPTIONAL, but not NEEDED.
So IS it okay to exclude vitamins from one’s diet?
Then how do I get ALL of the vitamins?

vti answers:

Without vitamins and minerals a human will die. They don’t just come from pills. Originally and normally they are found in a variety of foods. A person’s overall health will be reflected in part by the degree to which their diet contains an ideal balance of nutrients. The science behind nutrition is surprisingly poor, considering how important the concept is to good health. Synthetic nutritional supplements are only recently being determined as anywhere from useless to outright dangerous.
The focus on fat and carbs is only due to the poor understanding and frankly short attention span of the general public about nutrition as a whole. Just try to communicate as to how much copper, choline, vitamin D, vitamin B6, B12, iron, vitamin K people are supposed to get and they just can’t follow along.
Fortunately the human body can limp along on pretty poor nutrition, and that will continue to be the case as we eat more foods that have been so processed that even the predictable nutrients have been stripped from things like the whole wheat in “whole wheat crackers” or the vitamin C in “orange-flavored breakfast drink.”

Donna asks…

can you name some vitamins and minerals?

i would really appreciate it

vti answers:

Vitamins

A (Retinol Carotene), [B Vitamins as listed separately] B1(Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3(Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine) B9 (Folic Acid or Folate), B12 (Cyanocobalamin) C(Ascorbic Acid), D (Calciferol), E (antioxidant), H (Biotin), and K (building health bones)

When B and C vitamins are combined they can be used to combat stress.

There are two types of vitamins water soluable and fat soluable.

Water-soluable vitamins are: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B-2 (Ribolflavin), Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Folacin, Vitamin B-12, Pantothenic Acid and Biotin. Foods that contain water soluable vitamins are fruits and vegetables.

Fat-soluble vitamins are Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. Foods that contain fat soluble vitamins are fatty foods such as animal fats (butter and lard), vegetable oils, dairy foods, liver and oily fish.
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Minerals

Minerals are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts to work properly.

Essential minerals are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and sulphur.

Trace elements are also essential nutrients that your body needs to work properly.

Trace minerals are boron, cobalt, copper, chromium, fluoride, iodine, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, silicon, and zinc.
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Suggested reading resources:

Books can be bought on line, in store locally, and some titles may be found at your local library.

Earl Mindell’s Vitamin Bible
http:/ /www.minimum.com/b.asp?a=vitamin-bible-mindell

The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book
by Shari Lieberman, Nancy Pauling Bruning “VITAMINS AND MINERALS are nutrients that are essential to life

The a to Z of Vitamins, Minerals And Supplements (A to Z Encyclopedias) (Paperback)
by Tova Navarra, Wendy Shankin-Cohen

The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs by Reader’s Digest Editors

The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs: How They Are Best Used to Promote Health and Well Being by Nicola Reavley

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/104-7683630-7747969?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Vitamins+and+Minerals

Mark asks…

Vitamins & Minerals in Biology?

1. Why should vitamin supplements be taken with a meal?
2. What happens to excess water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin C?
3. Which of the vitamins can our body produce?
4. In general, why are minerals so important?

vti answers:

1. Vitamin supplements should be taken when the diet of the individual is generally deficient in vitamins. For example, people who eat mostly potato chips and Pepsi should definitely pop a few vitamins. Vitamin supplements should be taken with a meal because they will act in concert with the other nutrients taken in during the meal.
2. Excess water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin C are excreted in the urine.
3. Vitamin D is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
4. Minerals, like vitamins, operate in our bodies as co-enzymes.

William asks…

vitamins/minerals?

Lately I have been taking multi- vitamins, iron, zinc, vitamin A, calcium and amino acids. I’am 17 years old, is it bad to take 6 tablets a day?.. will it affect my growth or are these vitamins okay for me to take?
by the way I’am only taking 1 of each tablet listed daily.

vti answers:

Unless your multi-vitamin doesn’t already contain Vitamin A and Iron, I would lay off those two additional supplements in particular. An excess of either of those can be dangerous to your health (unlike Vitamin C, for example, that you can take pretty much as much as you want.) Seriously, unless you have some sort of deficiency or are an elite athlete or something, just a good multi-vitamin with minerals is really all you need. Anything beyond that and you’re just wasting your money and potentially threatening your health.

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