Non-essential nutrients are those nutrients that can be made by the body. They may also be absorbed from food. Non-essential nutrients are still required in order to maintain and achieve health. Excesses or deficiencies of these nutrients can lead to disease. Examples of non-essential nutrients includes:
- Dietary fiber is not absorbed by the human digestive tract, but is important in digestion and maintenance of health.
- Non-essential amino acids are those amino acids that can generally be synthesized from the diet, assuming that the essential amino acids are present in sufficient quantities. The non-essential amino acids include Alanine, Arginine, Asparagine, Aspartic acid, L-Cysteine, Glutamic Acid, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, Ornithine, Proline, Selenocysteine, Serine, Taurine and Tyrosine.