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Vitamins and Minerals
Micronutrients are nutrients that are needed in relatively small quantities. These include minerals, vitamins, bioflavonoids, phytonutrients, and other cofactors. They play a variety of roles and are involved in essentially all bodily functions. However, although these nutrients are needed in small quantities, our foods contain even less. The truth is that much of the food that we eat is either grown on depleted soil, or eats food that grows on depleted soil. Also, many fruits and vegetables spend weeks in storage before even getting to the grocery store. Based on these facts, it is very difficult if not impossible to get your vitamin and mineral requirements from food alone, especially if you are eating for fat loss. Furthermore, exercise increases your requirements for many vitamins and minerals. As a result, if you are on any fitness program, you would be very wise to take a vitamin and mineral supplement.
is still a very young science and
we still have not discovered all of the micronutrients. The truth is that we cannot take
supplements for micronutrients that we do not know about. Perhaps there will be a day when
nutrition science knows of all of the nutrients but that day is not here
yet and may not arrive for a long time. The best that we can do is to eat
proper meals to provide for the known and unknown nutrients while
supplementing to make up for shortages of the known nutrients. Essentially, taking vitamin and
mineral supplements are highly recommended. However, they are just supplements
and are never substitutes for sound eating habits.
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