The process of alimentation (the act or process of giving or receiving
nourishment) teaches us that aliments (nutrients) should pass through the digestive system in order to be absorbed into the body. The medical community has reported that the body needs approximately forty different nutritive elements to maintain proper function and optimal health. Some of these nutrients are sources of energy for life.
There are seven types of nutritional elements required by the human body: glucose, proteins, lipids, water, fibers and, most commonly discussed, minerals and vitamins. There is no one nutrient that contains each of these elements; for this reason, alimentation for health should vary according to individual needs.
A diet that is deficient in certain vitamins and minerals requires that
the individual take dietary supplements, usually a multivitamin. Care
should be taken to identify exactly what the diet lacks before subscribing to a supplemental program. It is entirely possible, though
not probable, to cause an “overdose” of a particular substance and many people may take supplements unnecessarily.
Vitamins and minerals are necessary for growth and the healthy
maintenance of the human body. A lack of important vitamins and
minerals may lead to a myriad of health problems. Individuals, who have been advised by a reputable health professional to consume aliments that are rich in minerals and vitamins, should familiarize themselves with vitamin and mineral supplements and what they contain.
Common vitamins contained in supplements are A, B C, D, E, K and PP.
Commonly found mineral supplements are calcium and phosphorus
(important for the growth of the bones and teeth), iron, zinc and
magnesium. It is important for any individual to know exactly what
vitamins and minerals their body needs to be supplied with. Advice from a health care professional or internet and library research should provide a wealth of information.
Vitamins and minerals are necessary in small doses and consuming
unnecessary supplements could possibly lead to health problems. There are many natural food sources of vitamins and minerals, such as fruits, cereals, milk, eggs and vegetables and it is best to add natural, nutritious foods to the daily diet before adding dietary supplements.
It is important to know exactly what vitamins and minerals are most
important for healthy bodily function and to implement a program of
Disclaimer: The information in this article does not constitute professional advice. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. It is best to consult with a