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One of the reasons that cancer, heart disease and other diseases are afflicting more of us, is the quality of our food.

Broccoli has 63% less calcium than 50 years ago and 34% less iron. Potatoes have significantly less Vitamin A. Oranges have only 12% of the Vitamin C. Spinach has less than 2% of the iron. This is because the soils have been depleted due to a lack of crop rotation and fallow. Further, farm to plate time and time in your refrigerator leads to nutrient loss. A study by A. B. Mayer (British Food Journal 99, 207-211) puts North America soil minerals at 85% depletion!

You should buy organic food where possible, but the term "organic" simply means that the crop has been grown without pesticides or herbicides. In the case of animals, it means that they have not been treated with antibiotics or growth hormones. So the food should be better but its nutrient value may not be significantly better. Nutritional value depends on the nutrients in the soil and the quality of the feed given to the animal.

So it is generally recommended that we all take a vitamin and mineral supplement.

Note: Vitamins and Minerals should be taken as a multi-vitamin. This is because vitamins and minerals interact with one another in ways that are not fully understood. Minerals effect the absorption of vitamins and vitamins effect the absorption of minerals.

Fat-Soluble Vitamins
Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in your body, mostly in your fatty tissues and in your liver. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble—that is, they dissolve in fat but not water. Because you can store these vitamins, you don't have to get a supply of them every day.

Water-Soluble Vitamins
Water-soluble vitamins can't really be stored in your body for very long. That's because these vitamins dissolve in water, so any extra is carried out of your body. Vitamin C and all the B vitamins are water-soluble. Because you can't store these vitamins, you need to get a fresh supply every day. You can't really overdose on water-soluble vitamins. Unless you take truly massive doses, the extra just washes harmlessly out.

Bioflavonoids
Bioflavonoids (sometimes called Vitamin P) are just as important. There are over 200 bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are found in green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach, kale, broccoli, green peppers) plus fruits and vegetables of high colour (red peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, blue berries). One exception is cauliflower which is high in bioflavonoids.

Minerals
Minerals are essential for regulating and building the cells which make up the body. Minerals help to maintain the volume of water necessary for the life processes in the body. These are essential for the proper growth and assimilation of the organic substances, and development of every part of the body. Each of the essential food minerals does a specific job in the body, while some of them do extra work in teams to keep the body's cells healthy. Even slight changes in the concentration of the important minerals in the blood may rapidly endanger life.

 

If you understand how important vitamins and minerals are and their health benefits, you too can achieve better health.

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