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4. Micronutrients: Vitamins, Minerals, a... > It’s a Snap to Keep Yourself Topped ...

It’s a Snap to Keep Yourself Topped Up

The good news is that it’s generally very easy for the vast majority of people to get enough micronutrients via their diet alone (if you make the effort to educate yourself on food composition), or through a combination of food and supplements.

You have to derive micronutrients from your diet and/or supplements, because the body cannot make most of them itself. In fact, we’ve evolved a love affair with plants due to that age-old drawback of not being able to synthesize life-giving chemicals like vitamin C or E as plants can (see the sidebars on vitamin C and antioxidants).

You might recall this story: the British sailors keeled over with scurvy, but the cats on the ships survived, because they could synthesize their own vitamin C (thus the “Limeys” began eating fruit like vitamin C–containing lemons and limes to survive sea voyages).


  

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