Daily vitamins and minerals


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When you were little your parents told you that if you to eat fruits and vegetables you will grow up strong and healthy. What they hadn't told you is that vitamins and minerals taken by your body from fruits and vegetables (or other foods) are doing an excellent job to keep you in a great health and to help you fight against ageing.

But what are vitamins and minerals and what is their role in maintaining the healthy and youthful appearance of the body?

Minerals are chemical elements which help the body to produce hormones, regulate the balance of fluids in your body, maintain a normal heart beat, build strong bones, transmit nerve signals. There are 15 needed minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, zinc, chloride, potassium and sodium).

Vitamins are chemical compounds implicated in converting food into energy and living tissue. There are thirteen needed vitamins and only four that are produced in the body itself ( Biotin, pantothenic acid and vitamin K are made in the human intestine). The rest has to come from a daily balanced diet or from supplements): 

Your body needs daily only a smaller amount of vitamins and minerals than it needs protein, fat and carbohydrate. But their lack (because you do not provide them to your body or your body cannot assimilate them properly due to some disorders) can cause anemia, brittle bones and bleeding into the muscles, joints and gums, etc. Actually most of the minerals and vitamins were discovered when checking the cause of a patient's illness. The other face of the coin is that excessive amounts can be toxic to your body.

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