Essential Nutrients

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An essential nutrient is a nutrient that cannot be synthesized by the body and is required for normal body functioning. Essential nutrients must be obtained from a dietary source.[1]

Categories of essential nutrients include vitamins, dietary minerals, essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids.

References

  1. "National Academy of Sciences. Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Guidance: DRI Tables". US Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library and National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. October 2009. http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=4&tax_level=3&tax_subject=256&topic_id=1342&level3_id=5140.
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