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What is the meaning when a nutrient is considered essential?
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Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine
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In brief: Nutrients
An essential nutrient is a nutrient that the body needs, but cannot manufacture in an adequate amount.
The body has many chemical reactions that occur and often these reactions require the nutrients in some manner. Deficiencies of these nutrients can lead to serious illness. Some examples include: vitamin c (scurvy); vitamin d (rickets); thiamine (beriberi); Niacin (pellagra).

In brief: Nutrients
An essential nutrient is a nutrient that the body needs, but cannot manufacture in an adequate amount.
The body has many chemical reactions that occur and often these reactions require the nutrients in some manner. Deficiencies of these nutrients can lead to serious illness. Some examples include: vitamin c (scurvy); vitamin d (rickets); thiamine (beriberi); Niacin (pellagra).
Dr. Andrew Oswari
Dr. Andrew Oswari
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Dr. David Satloff
Pain Management
In brief: Acts as catalyst
an essential "nutrient" is typically a metal that is involved as a catalyst in a biochemical process Without the essential metal, an individual will not flourish.

In brief: Acts as catalyst
an essential "nutrient" is typically a metal that is involved as a catalyst in a biochemical process Without the essential metal, an individual will not flourish.
Dr. David Satloff
Dr. David Satloff
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