Nonessential Vitamins

Last month's newsletter featured an article on the essential nutrients; those nutrients derived from food that the body is unable to manufacture on its own. The counterparts to the essential nutrients are the accessory nutrients also called nonessential nutrients or co-factors.

May's Newsletter:

There are many nonessential nutrients that work in harmony with the essential nutrients to aid in the breakdown and conversion of food into cellular energy, and help to support all of the body's physical and mental functions.

Some of the primary accessory nutrients that help support metabolism include:

* Vitamin B-Complex co-factors choline and inositol
* Coenzyme Q10 (a close relative of the B-vitamins)
* Lipoic acid

Accessory nutrients that possess preventative functions in the body include:

* B-Complex co-factor PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)
* Bioflavonoids which work with vitamin C

Certain amino acids found in protein are considered nonessential accessory nutrients because they can be synthesized by the body from the essential amino acids. This supports the fact that it is necessary to supplement with a "complex" amino acid opposed to isolated amino acids, as the amino acids work synergistically, not apart from one another.
Essential Nutrients

Posted June 2004 | Permanent Link

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