Details of sources, functions and signs of deficiencies
helpers - stomach acid, vit A, E, B6, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus
robbers - phytates, oxalates, hight calcium intake, copper, low protein intake, excess sugar intake, stress, alcohol prevents uptake
- componenet of over 200 enzymes in the body, DNA and RNA, essential for growth, important for healing, controls hormones, aids ability to deal with stress effectively, promotes healthy nervous system and brain especially in he growing foetus, aids bone and teeth formation, helps hair to bloom, essencial for constant energy.
- deficiency: poor sense of taste or smell, white marks on more than 2 fingernails, frequent infections, stretch marks, acne or greasy skin, low fertility, pale skin, tendency to depression, loss of appetite.
- toxicity - can result in gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting anemia, reduced growth, stiffness, depraved appetite and death
- sources - oysters, ginger root, lamb, pecan nuts, dried split peas, haddock, green peas, egg yolks, Brasil nuts, oats, almonds.