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Vitamins, Herbs, Minerals

Vitamins and minerals. They are very important for our physical and mental health. Without these essential nutrients, our bodies would literally cease to function. We can obtain many of these nutrients from the normal foods we consume everyday. However, due to high processing and refinement, and even our farming methods which are highly streamlined and productivity focused, the nutrient content is not what it used to be. Our modern farming methods produce beautiful looking fruits and vegetables, but compared to organically grown fruits and vegetables, they contain lots of pesticide and less of essential vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients.

A Japanese Food Standardized Ingredients List (JFSI list) states that the nutritional contents of our plant foods have lost many of the nutrients due to environmental factors, soil destruction, and high processing methods.

The amount of vitamin C in 100gm of spinach was tracked and measured, and the results were troubling (but not surprising):

Vitamin C content in 100gm of spinach

In less than 50 years, the vitamin C content of 100gm of spinach fell from 150gm to 13mg. That means we have to eat at least 10 times more spinach compared to our grandfathers back in the 50s to get the same amount of vitamin C in spinach.

So what are the functions and benefits of vitamins, minerals and herbs? What’s the difference between vitamins and minerals? And why are they so important for optimum health?

Nutrition-Info.com aims to be the most comprehensive and user-friendly independent information guide to all your nutrition questions. Let us be your guide. Browse our site to find out more info on these nutrients and how they impact our mental and physical health.

Check out our new category: "Did You Know?" for fun and interesting trivia related to health & nutrition.

We all know that vitamins and minerals are good for health. But did you know that pollutants in the air and water and certain foods that we eat are antagonistic to vitamins and minerals? For more info, check out >> Nutrient Destroyers

I am also building content in my Glossary. It is still a work-in-progress, but nonetheless, lots of valuable health info.




A group of nutrients that is vitally important for a healthy life. Some are fat soluble, some are water soluble. Some fight cancer, some fight colds. And quite a few of them are toxic if taken in high doses. Vitamins A, C & E are considered as antioxidants and may help to reduce the effects of aging, pollution and boost our immunity. >> more on Vitamins


Minerals are also vitally important in our daily requirement. Without regular adequate intake of these nutrients, we can feel lethargic, and it may also lead to illnesses (eg. lack of calcium can cause osteoporosis in later years). Some minerals are also considered anti-oxidants (eg. zinc and selenium). >> more on Minerals  

Before the discovery of vitamins and minerals, man has used herbs to heal wounds, cure ailments, relieve pain, and build & strengthen bodies. Many herbs have been used for thousands of years with good effect. Modern day scientists have begun to unravel the benefits (and dangers) of these herbs. >> more on Herbs  

There are other nutrients that are neither considered as vitamins, minerals or herbs, but equally important for optimal health.  

Check this out for FUN and INTERESTING health trivia!  



Recent updates:
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Last update: 03 Sep 2007

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