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Vitamins - Nutritional Facts, Best Food Sources, Functions

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Daily Essential Vitamins & Minerals for Optimum Health

The following information contains data on essential vitamins and minerals required by the body for optimum health. Keep in mind that some vitamins rely on others in order to efficiently work.

For example, if you are on a restricted diet plan if the plan is excessively restrictive in vitamins and minerals - you may experience a complete stall in weight loss results.

Furthermore, you may even see weight gain register on your bathroom scales.

Why so? Why would you gain weight when you have slashed calories? It just doesn't seem logical, does it? However, this happens to a good many dieters who have been faithful to their weight loss plan.

Reason for Weight Gain While Dieting - Including Stalled Weight Loss Results

The reason why weight gain occurs while dieting amid a too restrictive eating plan is because the body requires certain vitamins and minerals in order to process certain tasks within the body - including balancing body weight. So when one element is missing the result can be an increase in body weight. Another - stalled weight loss.

The body can pull some stored elements - but not all are stored.

About Multi-Vitamins While Dieting, Including Our Advice for Diet Vitamins

When dieting, it's wise to take a multi-vitamin when you're on a restricted caloric weight loss plan - just to ensure that you're getting adequate nutrition necessary to the human body. Otherwise, risk of illness and infection increases. HOWEVER, if you are incorporating all of the basic five food groups into your weight loss plan - and  you are consuming at least the minimal recommended serving amounts AND if you are a healthy adult, you will most likely not need a daily vitamin supplement. If in doubt, ask your doctor.

But as to specific vitamins that are specially targeted for weight loss - save your money. Nothing can melt fat internally from the body.

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Folate - Folic Acid






Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid





Vitamin A

Vitamin B1 - Thiamin

Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin

Vitamin B3 - Niacin

Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxine

Vitamin B12 - Cyanocobalamin

Vitamin C - Absorbic Acid

Vitamin D

Vitamin E


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