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Eat to Live: Nutrients Your Body Needs

April 20th, 2010

Body is a complex and a beautifully balanced organism, able to handle thousands of metabolic reactions, physical and emotional responses, energy conversion, self-repair, self-regulation, reproduction, respiration, toxin management and removal, communication, reasoning and deductive decision making every day. It is a city within a city.

Such a complex system, no matter how perfect, requires regular maintenance and fueling to ensure optimum function. Thankfully, fuel for body is more affordable than that of an airplane. We need food and food is everywhere. While majority of nutrients are readily available in different food groups, easy to obtain in sufficient amounts and interchangeable, others are more challenging.

One such group is essential nutrients. As the name indicates, essential nutrients are food compounds essential for body. From metabolic point of view, essential nutrients are a rare commodity as they cannot be synthesized in our body and have to supplemented on daily basis from a variety of food sources. Without them our body cannot run majority of metabolic processes needed to maintain health and good condition.

There are 21 essential nutrients, in fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals group. They are as follows:

Essential fatty acids (EFAs):

  • Linoleic acid (omega-6)
  • Linolenic acid (omega-3)

Essential amino acids:

  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Valine
  • Histidine

Essential vitamins:

  • A (retinol)
  • B1 (thiamine)
  • B2 (riboflavin)
  • B3 (niacin)
  • B5 (panthothenic acid)
  • B6 (pyridoxine)
  • B12 (cyanocobalamine)
  • C (ascorbic acid)
  • D (ergocalciferol, or cholecalcierol)
  • E (tocopherol)
  • K (naphthoquinods)
  • Biotin (vitamin B7, vitamin H)
  • Folate (folic acid, vitamin B9, vitamin M)
  • Choline (vitamin Bp)

Essential dietary minerals:

  • Calcium
  • Chloride
  • Chromium
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Fluorine
  • Iodine
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Silicon
  • Sodium
  • Sulfur
  • Zinc

Each has a specific function in cellular metabolism and provides following benefits:

  1. Developing and maintaining proper immune responses
  2. Providing, storing and using energy
  3. Facilitating organ and tissue maintenance, growth and development
  4. Maintaining and regulating metabolic processes and body functions

Due to importance of metabolic processes they facilitate, insufficient essential nutrient supplementation can have a devastating and a long term consequences. Limiting our dietary choices to a few favorites will not do the trick. Sufficient essential nutrients supplementation can only come from a rich balanced diet. Even then, eating a variety of food, hoping it would result in sufficient supplementation is dicey.

To supplement properly, it is recommended to seek information on specific benefits of each essential nutrient as well as effective means of its supplementations and representation in food sources and products available.

After all, as a biological organism our survival has always been conditioned on a simple truth: We do not live to eat, we eat to live.

To find out more about essential nutrients and products designed to best meet daily nutrient needs, follow our readily updated publications and consult Herbal Diet experts today.

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