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Abbreviations and Terms

P/D, p/d = Per day.
DV = Daily Value. A dietary reference intake for a human being. 2,000 calorie diet.
Calorie = Food Energy. What your body burns as fuel.
Gram – A unit of measurement for mass (amount).

Vitamins and Minerals

Protein[Recommended DV 50g for Men, 46g for Women] —  Top sources include duck, chicken, turkey, beef. Protein is a nutrient needed by the human body for growth and maintenance. Protein is found in all cells of the body and is the major structural component of all cells in the body, especially muscle.  This also includes body organs, hair and skin. When broken down into amino acids, they are used as precursors to nucleic acid, co-enzymes, hormones, immune response, cellular repair and molecules essential for life. Finally, protein is needed to form blood cells. Proteins play a major role in the response to exercise. Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, are used for building new tissue, including muscle, as well as repairing damaged tissues.

Calcium[Recommended DV 1,000 mg] — Top sources include fortified cereals, yogurt, soy beverages, condensed cow’s milk, cheese. Calcium is an important component of a healthy diet and a mineral necessary for life. The National Osteoporosis Foundation says, “Calcium plays an important role in building stronger, denser bones early in life and keeping bones strong and healthy later in life.” Calcium is a NECESSARY nutrient. In fact, if you do not get enough calcium, your body will steal it from your bones and teeth, where 99% of your calcium is stored. Aside from the obvious benefits to our bones and teeth, Calcium is also used in our central nervous system, converting electrical impulses into chemical signals in the brain.

The muscles of your body rely on calcium to relay nerve impulses between nerve fibers in the muscle tissues. These impulses allow your muscles to work and move. Without the right amounts of calcium in your neuromuscular cells, your body may experience problems such as twitching (tetany), and in serious circumstances may even cause your heart muscles to quit working.

Potassium – [Recommended DV 4,700 mg] — Top sources include herbs, avocados, almonds and sweet potatoes. Potassium is the thrid most abundant mineral in the human body. It helps guard against stroke, blood pressure issues, heart, muscle and kidney disorders. It also promotes muscular strength, metabolism, and the nervous system. A diet with sufficient amounts of potassium can help with hypertension and even the prevention of strokes.

Iron[Recommended DV 18 mg] —  Top sources include clams, organ meats, fortified cereals, turkey, white beans and chicken. Iron is a mineral necessary for proper growth and development. Specifically, iron is essential for the formation of oxygen-carrying proteins called hemoglobin and myoglobin, which are found in red blood cells and muscles, respectively. Individuals who are deficient in iron may develop iron-deficiency anemia, which can cause dizziness, irritability, shortness of breath and a lack of energy.

Vitamin B12 – [Recommended DV 0.0024 mg ] — Top sources include clams, beef, turkey, chicken, crab and salmon. Vitamin B12 has a key role in the everyday functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is involved in the metabolism of every cell in the human body, and especially affects DNA regulation and synthesis, fatty acid synthesis and energy production. A deficiency can potentially cause severe and irreversible damage, especially to the brain and nervous system. At levels only slightly lower than normal, a range of symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and poor memory may be experienced. A deficiency can also cause symptoms of mania and psychosis.

Vitamin C[Recommended DV 90 mg] — Top sources include orange juice, grapefruit juice, peaches. Vitamin C is important for proper tissue strength and is known to support collagen and cartilage growth. It also helps protect cell membranes from toxic wastes and destruction from an overactive immune system. It acts as an antioxidant and is especially effective when taken with vitamin E. Vitamin C is used for allergies and as an anti-viral medicine. Proper DV of Vitamin C will ward off heart disease, cancer, and hypertension.