Essential Nutrients for Maximum Health: Eat Nutritious Foods Rather than Rely on Pills

While studies conducted by pharmaceutical companies, private research groups and the FDA often produce conflicting results regarding the benefits of taking multiple vitamins, or vitamins of any sort in pill form, almost everyone agrees that a diet that is high in essential nutrients is extremely beneficial to one’s health.

Essential Vitamins

Of particular importance are folate, selenium, vitamins C, D, and E, as well as Vitamin B6 and B Carotene and A. While not everyone agrees that these vitamins can prevent cancer, or cure specific diseases, everyone will agree that insufficient amounts of these vitamins can eventually lead to poor health and potentially debilitating diseases.

So, what foods are the most beneficial when it comes to getting these nutrients? Here are easily obtainable, common foods that can effortlessly and affordably supply one with these essential nutrients.

Foods that Provide Essential Nutrients

For vitamin A, try fish oil or cod liver oil, veal, turkey, sweet potatoes and spinach. These selections alone provide from 56,000 IU of Vitamin A to 21,000. Since fish oil capsules cause some people to burp or feel very nauseated, try Carlson’s Lemon Flavored Cod Liver Oil. Take a teaspoon before bed. Better yet is to eat fish once or twice a week.

Selenium is almost exclusively obtained from animals, including beef, chicken, fish, pork, and turkey.

B6 is largely available in beef, pork and fortified cereals (here again, however, one is ingesting artificial nutrients).

Carrots and eggs are the primary providers of B-Carotene.

Spinach and legumes of all sorts, avocados and many vegetables are a terrific source of folate.

Vitamin D is obtained through fish, milk and sunshine. It’s estimated that almost all people living north of the 35th parallel may be Vitamin D deficient, which scientists now believe has tremendous implications for cancer susceptibility. This deficiency can be diagnosed through a simple blood test. Vitamin D can also be obtained in Cod Liver Oil.

Vitamin E is readily available in avocados, broccoli, corn, eggs, potatoes, spinach and tomatoes.

Finally, Vitamin C is obtained through broccoli, cauliflower, citrus fruit (including tomatoes.)

Variety and Affordability of Foods

As one can see, many of these food items are not that expensive, especially if one eats the foods that are in season. If at all possible, try to eat fresh, organic fruits and vegetables rather than canned. If you must buy nonorganic produce, don’t fret. The small amount of chemicals ingested is a small price to pay for the beneficial nutrients obtained. Frozen foods, however, still pack a punch when it comes to providing the nutrients needed.

Good health can only be obtained through good nutrition, exercise and adequate amounts of sleep. Eating just a few more of these foods on a regular basis will go a long way in promoting one’s health.

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