What Are Vitamins and Minerals, and Why Do We Need Them?

Learn about essential vitamins and minerals the human body requires—what they do and how they affect your own health.
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

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Your body requires a variety of substances to function properly. Learn about all of them in one convenient course!

Let's be honest; we all desire greater health and vitality. Vitamins and minerals may be able to help you achieve it.

Did you know that, according to the Mayo Clinic, mild vitamin B6 deficiency is "common"? But who thinks about their B6 intake on a daily basis? Few to none, I'm afraid.

Iron deficiency, which produces anemia, is quite common among women.

Potassium deficiency can produce painful muscle cramps, especially in the feet.

I could go on and on... but I want you to know...

This course is all about a balanced approach to health and nutrition.

I'm not going to tell you that vitamins and minerals are the cure for everything. That's just ridiculous.

However, many people are living in a fantasy world, where they believe they are getting enough of the vital nutrients their bodies require from their typical western diet.

That just isn't the case.

Would you like to learn what foods to eat in order to develop a well-rounded and balanced diet? Enroll today, because that's what this course is all about!

All course updates are 100% FREE. Buy this course one time and you own it for life. Not only that, but you will also gain lifetime access to me as your personal instructor. Have a question about vitamins and minerals? Just ask! You, as my student, will always be my #1 priority.

Wait, you're still reading this?! The course comes with a genuine 30 day, no hassles, money-back guarantee. So, there is absolutely nothing to risk here. Enroll today!

What are the requirements?

  • There are no specific requirements for taking this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Differentiate between individual vitamins and minerals, including their basic functions and the consequences of deficiency
  • Select foods which are high in vitamin and mineral content; understanding the exact vitamin and mineral makeup of common whole foods
  • Determine, along with their healthcare provider, whether or not supplementation could be advantageous to their health

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about the role vitamins and minerals play in human health
  • This course is not intended for advanced educators, healthcare professionals, or dieticians

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
03:16
Welcome, students! In this module we will cover the basic course outline. I will explain the specific reasons I have created the course, and what you can expect to learn from it.
An Important Disclaimer
Preview
01:47
03:37
This module will explain what vitamins are, and how they function within the human body. Deficiency-related diseases will be covered in general.
What Vitamins Do, And Why We Need Them
03:43
03:04
Now, let's talk about minerals! How are they distinct from vitamins and what are their essential purposes within our bodies? I'll answer these fundamental questions in this video.
06:54
Before we go any further, we need to discuss a few basic measurements. You'll learn the difference between milligrams (mg), micrograms (mcg), and more in this module!
05:43

In this final introductory module we will discuss the controversy surrounding vitamins and minerals, specifically in regard to supplementation. I'll answer questions such as:

  • Do vitamins stave off disease?
  • Does healthy food provide all that I need?
  • Should I be taking supplements?
… and more.
Section 1 Review
9 questions
Section 2: Vitamins
09:12

This module covers Vitamin A, also known as “Retinol.” The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Vitamin A?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
02:43

You may have heard of the 'B Vitamins,' but what are they and why is there more than just one?

05:51

This module covers Vitamin B1, also known as “Thiamin.” The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of B1?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
04:48

Riboflavin is often added to foods like cereal, but why is that? The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Riboflavin?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
04:54

This vitamin has the unusual ability to make humans blush with heat. What's the deal? We'll discuss this strange behavior, and answer the following questions:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Niacin?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
02:49

Have you noticed a trend with the B Vitamins so far? They seem to have a number associated with them. However, there is no Vitamin B4. So, where did it go?

I'll answer this question specifically, while discussing additional naming oddities surrounding vitamins, in this module.
03:46

This module covers Vitamin B5, also known as “Pantothenic Acid.” The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of B5?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
05:11

This module covers Vitamin B6. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of B6?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
04:44

This module covers Biotin. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Biotin?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
06:23

This module covers Folic Acid, another vitamin that is commonly added to breakfast cereals. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Folic Acid?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
04:39

This module covers Vitamin B12, also known as “Cobalamin.” The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of B12?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
06:29

This module covers what may be the most popular vitamin of all—C, also known as “Ascorbic Acid.” The following questions will be answered:

  • Why is Vitamin C so well known?
  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Vitamin C?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
05:18

This module covers Vitamin D, also known as “Calciferol.” The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Vitamin D?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
04:45

This module covers Vitamin E, also known as “Alpha-Tocopherol.” The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Vitamin E?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
07:37

This module covers Vitamin K. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Vitamin K?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
11 questions

Woah! That was a lot of vitamins. Let's see how much you can remember.

Section 3: The 7 Major Minerals
07:26

This module covers Calcium. When most people think of Calcium, they think milk. Is that really the best source of calcium? We'll discuss this and the following questions:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Calcium?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
06:40

This module covers Chloride. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Chloride?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
07:58

This module covers Magnesium. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Magnesium?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
04:03

This module covers Phosphorous. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Phosphorous?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
03:14

This module covers Potassium. We'll go 'bananas' in this lecture! The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Potassium?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
04:03

This module covers Sulfur. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Sulfur?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
Section 4: Trace Minerals
04:07

This module covers Chromium. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Chromium?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
03:07

This module covers Copper. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Copper?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
04:33

This module covers Iodine. Ever wonder why table salt is typically “Iodized?” We'll talk about it in this lecture. The following additional questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Iodine?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
06:23

This module covers Iron. Can it make you strong as steel? Let's discuss! The following additional questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Iron?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
03:26

This module covers Manganese. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Manganese?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
03:42

This module covers Molybdenum. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Molybdenum?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
03:14

This module covers Selenium. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Selenium?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
04:21

This module covers Zinc. The following questions will be answered:

  • How much does the human body need?
  • What are some natural sources of Zinc?
  • What happens if I don't get enough?
  • Is there a problem with getting too much?
Additional Trace Minerals
03:49
11 questions

Yikes! There are even more minerals in this section than vitamins in the previous one. Let's see how much you can remember about them.

Section 5: Conclusion
02:22

Congratulations! You've made it through the entire course. Now, let's bring it all together.

12 questions

This comprehensive exam will test your knowledge of all material covered throughout the course. There will be a mix of questions pulled directly from previous assessments and entirely new questions to test your knowledge!

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Instructor Biography

Cody Ray Miller, Entrepreneur, Consultant, and IT Professional

Hello, my name is Cody Ray Miller and I love teaching valuable skills to motivated students! I am passionate about helping you achieve your life goals, whether that means advancing in business, acquiring the technological skills needed to excel at work, or improving the quality of your personal life.

I have a diverse set of certifications, interests and experiences—including a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology—which enable me to teach a variety of powerful courses, from computer server administration to marketing psychology and stargazing.

As my student, you are my #1 priority. Each and every one of my courses are carefully designed to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles and personality types. If something is unclear, or you need help understanding anything within my course, just send me a message and I will be happy to spend some one-on-one time with you in order to clarify the course material and make sure that you both learn and retain the subject matter.

Thank you for your interest in my courses, and in me as an instructor. I look forward to seeing you in one of my lectures very soon!

Blessings,
Cody Ray Miller

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