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Food: Natural sources of critical minerals, vitamins and nutrients.

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-09-14

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There are various nutrients and minerals that are essential for the regular and optimal functioning of the body. Some of the nutrients are broken down from the food. Other nutrients are directly absorbed from the food that is ingested. There are various minerals and nutrients in our body that are present in natural foods that we consume. Other minerals and nutrients that are essential for our body, but is not produced or absorbed from the natural foods have to be supplemented artificially.

This article tells of the various natural sources of critical minerals and nutrients that have to be taken for the normal functioning of the body. Regular and balanced intake of these foods will help to prevent exacerbation of any disease. It will also prevent the occurrence of any deficiency disease.

Calcium and Phosphorous: These minerals can be found in the milk and milk products. It is especially found in cheese. Other foods that contain Calcium and Phosphorous are ice creams, egg yolk, soybeans and green vegetables.

Iron: This is also found in egg yolk, soybeans, beans, lentils, nuts and cereals.

Iodine: Iodine is usually got from iodized salt that is used for cooking.

Flourine: Flourine is usually naturally present in the water that is supplied and drunk. If adequate amount of fluorine is not found in the water supply, then fluoridated water that has artificially added fluorine is consumed.

Vitamin A: Egg yolk, fresh yellow and dark green vegetables, tomatoes, butter, cheese from whole milk are the major products that have high amounts of Vitamin A in them.

Vitamin D: Egg yolk and foods with vitamin D fortification like Vitamin D fortified milk are the usual natural products that have Vitamin D in them.

Vitamin B1: This vitamin is usually found in whole grain breads and cereals. It is also seen in peas, beans, nuts, eggs and other such foods. It can also be found in smaller quantities in many vegetables.

Riboflavin: Milk, cheese, eggs, green leafy vegetables, whole grain bread, cereals and dried beans are the main sources of this vitamin riboflavin.

Niacin: Niacin is found in whole grain breads and cereals. It is also found in dried peas and beans, nuts and peanut butter.

Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C: The main sources of Vitamin C are oranges, grape fruits, lemons and their juices. Other fruits like strawberries, are also rich sources of this vitamin. It can also be found in green pepper, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, tomatoes and potatoes.

All the vitamins listed above are the most important ones. There are other vitamins that are essential for the functioning of the body, but are not as essential as the ones that have already been listed. These vitamins include Vitamin K or biotin.

Most of the vitamins that are absorbed from the natural food is more beneficial to the body. The intestine may not use other foods to absorb the vitamins and other nutrients.

Eating a balanced naturally available diet will help the body to benefit by making available all the essential minerals and nutrients required by the body. It will prevent disease and improve body functions.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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