There are 24 Essential Vitamins and Minerals, twelve of each.
These compounds are normally obtained through a healthy diet, and are absolutely crucial to intake (via either supplementation or diet) for optimal human functioning.
Ingesting optimal levels results in optimal human functioning (relative to deficiency states), having a lesser than optimal intake results in what are known as 'sub-clinical' deficiencies which are non-optimal states that are not necessarily adverse.
Although rare, clinical or 'true' deficiency states may occur with prolonged avoidance of said vitamin or mineral. These states usually have unique names, like Rickets (Vitamin D deficiency) or Scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency).
Higher levels of vitamins and minerals, above what is needed for optimal health, is not necessarily better and may actually be harmful. Each vitamin or mineral has a recommended intake range which should be aimed for through diet first and supplementation afterwards.
Also Known As
Dietary Vitamin, Dietary Mineral, Essential vitamins or minerals, Essential Vitamin, Essential Mineral
Do Not Confuse With
Non-essential Vitamins or Mineral, Pseudovitamins
Each vitamin or mineral has a recommended intake, and more is not necessarily better.
The dose makes the poison, and almost all vitamins and minerals have certain cases where an excess of said compound has caused harm.
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List of Essential Vitamin or Mineral Supplements
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