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Vitamins and Minerals Demystified

Encapsulating the science behind vitamins and minerals Need to understand how vitamins and minerals work but find dense texts difficult to absorb? Here's your panacea! Vitamins & Minerals Demystified makes it easy to digest information on everything from A to zinc. Written by a holistic health doctor, this essential guide explains the crucial role vitamins and minerals play in nutrition and physiology. You'll find details on the type and amount required for survival and for increased disease resistance. The book outlines the food sources of different vitamins and minerals and covers the benefits and pitfalls of both natural and synthetic vitamins. Featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this book will fortify your knowledge of vitamins and minerals. This fast and easy guide offers: Numerous figures to illustrate key concepts Graphs indicating the foods rich in various vitamins and minerals Charts featuring U.S. Recommended Daily Allowances (USRDAs) Coverage of deficiency-related diseases Quick summaries of each vitamin and mineral reinforce learning Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Vitamins & Minerals Demystified is the perfect supplement for anyone studying or interested in this important health topic.
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Table of Contents

Figures, Graphs, and RDA Tables Preface Acknowledgments PART ONE - THE WATER-SOLUBLE VITAMINS Chapter 1: The B Vitamins--The Energy Vitamins Quiz Chapter 2: Vitamin C--The Citrus Antioxidant Quiz Test: Part One Chapter 3: Vitamin A--The Night Sight Vitamin Quiz Chapter 4: Vitamin D--The Sunshine Vitamin Quiz Chapter 5: Vitamin E--The Fat Antioxidant Quiz Chapter 6: Vitamin K--The Green Leafy Vitamin Quiz Test: Part Two PART THREE - THE MACRO MINERALS Chapter 7: Water and Electrolytes Quiz Chapter 8: The Electrolyte Minerals--Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium Quiz Chapter 9: Calcium--The Bone Builder Quiz Chapter 10: Major Minerals--Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Sulfur Quiz Test: Part Three PART FOUR - THE TRACE MINERALS Chapter 11: Iron--The Blood Builder Quiz Chapter 12: Zinc--The Growth Material Quiz Chapter 13: Minor Trace Minerals--Iodine, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Fluoride, Chromium, Molybdenum, Lead, and Mercury Quiz Test: Part Four Final Exam Appendix A: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Appendix B: Weight Loss Appendix C: Antioxidants Appendix D: The Elderly Appendix E: Alcoholism Appendix F: Osteoporosis Appendix G: Quick Summaries Answers to Quizzes Answers to Tests and Final Exam Index

About the Author

Steve Blake is the founder and director of the Maui Holistic Health Center and Natural Life Services. He has earned doctorates in naturopathic medicine and holistic health as well as earning a master herbalist degree. He has written a dozen databases organizing alternative medical knowledge including GlobalHerb and Alternative Remedies. He has developed many nutritional supplements including Advanced Nutritional System and Children's Chewable by Rainbow Light and the Spectrum vitamin line.

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