Understanding Vitamins And Minerals
December 10, 2013 by Bob Livingston
Your body needs essential nutrients that come in the form of vitamins and minerals, but do you know how to tell them apart?
Vitamins are organic compounds that can either be fat soluble (easily absorbed by the body) or water soluble (not easily absorbed).
Water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C, folic acid and the eight B-complex vitamins. These can pass through your system quickly; so be sure to replenish them often during the day by eating nutritious, but small, meals.
Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E and K and beta-carotene. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body tissues. They need the presence of fatty acids to be used efficiently by your body. To avoid depletion of fat soluble vitamins, be sure to include healthy fats like avocado and oils like olive, corn and sunflower.
Minerals can help you build strong bones, help form blood clots and give you energy. The most common and critical minerals include calcium, copper, chromium, boron, iodine, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, selenium, vanadium and zinc.
You should get most of your vitamins and minerals from your diet, but supplementation is also a simple way to boost your overall health. Just do your homework so you can learn to select natural vitamins over synthetics.