This chapter is for those of you who have poor eating habits and are not getting the proper amounts of vitamins and other nutrients which are essential to the development and growth of the human body. Though most of these requirements can be met by adhering to a well?balanced diet, we have listed for you in this chapter some important information about nutrition you need to know for the purpose of obtaining extra inches.
First let’s understand that there are 6 important nutrients needed for growth and good health and though all play a vital role in a well?balanced diet, let us focus most of our attention on 3 (marked with asterisk) for our main purposes of promoting growth.

  1. Vitamins*
  2. Carbohydrates
  3. Fats
  4. Minerals*
  5. Proteins*
  6. Water


Vitamins are organic substances necessary for life and essential for growth. To receive the proper vitamin intake, a well?balanced diet is recommended. However, supplements may be taken where needed but not as a substitute for food. Supplements should be taken after each square meal, or once after the largest meal for proper absorption.

Vitamin A (retinol, carotene)

What it does:
Promotes growth and strong bones.
* Aid for healthy skin, hair, teeth and gums.
• Helps build resistance to infections etc.

Best Sources:
• Carrots, liver, egg yolk, milk, green and yellow vegetables, margarine, and yellow fruits.

Supplement: (10,000 to 25,000 IU)
(Note) If your diet includes ample amounts of spinach, liver, sweet potatoes, or cantaloupe, it is not likely you’ll need a supplement.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

What it does:
• Promotes growth.
• Aids in prevention of beriberi and nervous disorders.
* Aids digestion.
* Helps heart and nervous system function properly.

Best Sources: Pork, rice, whole wheat, dried yeast, peanuts, soybeans, peas
and green vegetables.
Supplement: (100 to 300 mg. are most common).

(Note) More effective when used in B ? complex formulas.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

What it does:
• Promotes growth and aids in reproduction.
• Promotes healthy skin, hair, nails.
• Helps maintain good eyesight etc.

Best Sources: Milk, liver, eggs, fish, kidney, yeast, leafy green vegetables.
Supplement: (100 to 300 mg per day is most common).

Vitamin B6 (Pyridadne, Pyridixinal)

What it does:
* Reduces night muscle spasms, leg cramps, hand numbness and certain forms of neuritis.
-Properly assimilates protein and fat.
-Works as a natural diuretic etc.

Best Sources: Liver, brewers yeast, cabbage, black strap molasses, canta
loupe, beef and kidney.
Supplements: For best results, take in equal amounts with vitamins B1 and

(Note) If taking a B complex formula, be sure it contains enough B6 to be effective.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalarnin)

What it does:
• Promotes growth
* Increases energy
• Forms and generates red blood cells.
• Helps balance and concentration.

Best Sources: Cheese, liver, kidney, pork and beef.
Supplement: Varies from 5 to 100 mcg. depending on deficiency.

(Note) Common deficiencies are noted in vegetarians and high protein consumers. Vitamin B complex (formula) ? should include all the B?complex vitamins so far discussed plus other important vitamins vital to the growth process. Be sure to read labels and check with your pharmacist to make sure your formula includes the proper amounts of each vitamin best suited to your needs.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid, Cevitamin Acid)

What it does:
• Aids in healthy bones and teeth.
• Prevents scurvy.
• Helps treat and prevent common colds.
• Enables protein cells to hold together.
* Aids blood vessel circulation.

Best Sources: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, berries, cauliflower, raw cabbage and
Supplement: (1,000 to 10,000 mg. per day)

(Note) Plays a primary role in the growth and repair of body tissue cells.

Vitamin D (Calciferal, Viosterol, Ergosterol)

What it does:
• Essential for strong bones and teeth.
• Prevents rickets, which deteriorates bones and could cause bowed legs, knock knees and poor posture.
• Aids treatment of conjunctivitis.
• Aids vitamin A.

Best Sources: Milk products, fish liver oil, fish meats and sunlight.
Supplement: (400 to 1000 IU per day)

Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

What it does:
• Supplies oxygen to the body for more endurance.
• Essential for virility.
• Helps prevent and destroy blood clots.

Best Sources: Wheat germ, eggs, leafy greens, soy beans, spinach, whole
wheat, and broccoli.
Supplement: (200 to 1000 IU per day)

(Note) Due to chlorinated drinking water, in a large percentage of the population, vitamin E may be in great demand.

Vitamin F (Unsaturated Fatty Acids Linoleic and Arachidonic)

What it does:
* Aids in growth.
* Helps prevent heart disease.
* Helps prevent ?cholesterol deposits in arteries.

Best sources: Vegetable oils, walnuts, pecans, and almonds, soybeans,
linseed and sunflower oils.
Supplement: (100 to 150 mg)

(Note) For best absorption take with vitamin E. If you consume excessive amounts of carbohydrates, you will probably need more vitamin F.

Vitamin K (Menadione)

What it does:
• Aids in proper blood clotting.
• Helps prevent internal bleeding and hemorrhaging.

Best sources:
Egg yolk, yogurt, fish liver oils, soybean, green vegetables and kelp.
Supplement: (Approximately 300 mcg. is adequate)

(Note) Due to an abundance of natural vitamin K, supplementation is not usually necessary. See a doctor before taking a supplement.

Proper amounts of vitamins will differ depending on individual characteristics and diet. Certain dosages may not be suitable for all individuals and could be detrimental to your health. Please seek advice of a physician when supplementing with vitamins. All vitamins in this chapter will not be needed however, they are noted because of their ability to work well in a totally balanced diet.


Minerals are an organic substance found naturally in the earth. They make up a large part of our bones and teeth and help regulating other body functions. Here are some of the. minerals to which you should pay special attention.


What it does:
* Aid for strengthening soft bones and teeth.
• Helps maintain regular heartbeat.

Best sources: Milk and dairy products, sardines, soybeans,. dried beans,
green vegetables.
Supplement: (600 to 1500 mg per day)


What it does:
* Aids in growth process.
* Helps prevent and lower high blood pressure.

Best sources: Meat, brewer’s yeast, clams, chicken, shellfish.
Supplement: (90 mcg. per day is average for adults)


What it does:
• Helps keep your body limber.
* Aids digestion by cleansing system.

Best sources: Table salt, kelp, and olives.
Supplement: Has not been determined. However, an average daily salt
intake should be more than sufficient.


What it does:
– Strengthens bones.
-Reduces tooth decay.

Best sources: Fluoridated drinking water, sea?foods and gelatin.
Supplement: Has yet to be determined, but most people get sufficient
amounts from fluoridated drinking water.

(Note) Available by prescription in areas without fluoridated drinking water. Additional fluoride should not be taken unless advised by a physician.


What it does:
• Promotes growth.
• Provides energy.
• Burns excess fat.

Best sources: Kelp, salt, all seafood, onions, and vegetables grown in
iodine?rich soil.
Supplement: (P.DS, is 80 to 150 mcg. per day for adults)

(Note) Iodine aids in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland which fosters and regulates growth. Check your salt to see if it is iodized along with your vitamins or multi?mineral preparations. Too much iodine can cause a harmful effect. For additional supplements of iodine not discussed, a physician’s advice is recommended.


What it does:
• Aids growth.
• Prevents fatigue.
• Helps form hemoglobin in blood etc.
• Aid for good skin tone.

Best sources: Liver, beef kidney, egg yolk, oysters, cereals, raw clams, and
red meat.

Supplement: (RDA is 10 to 18 mg.)

(Note) Check your iron supplement to see if it contains “Ferrous Sulfate” an inorganic iron which can destroy vitamin E in your system. Try to avoid this preparation. For women, whose bodies use much more iron than men’s, a supplement is most?likely needed.


What it does:
* Aids the cardiovascular system.
9 Aids nerve and muscle functions.
• Needed for calcium and vitamin C metabolism.

Best sources: Figs, apples, grapefruits, lemons, seeds, nuts, yellow corn and
dark green vegetables.
Supplement: (300 to 400 mg. daily)

(Note) If you live in area with hard drinking water, or consume large amounts of nuts, seeds and green vegetables, you’re probably getting sufficient amounts of magnesium.


What it does:
• Aids growth.
• Provides energy.

Best sources: Fish, poultry, eggs, meats, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Supplement: (RDA is 800 to 1200 mg per day for adults)

(Note) Most diets already include adequate amounts of phosphorus or “phosphates” in them, so check before taking a supplement.

Other important minerals are:

POTASSIUM Sources include; citrus fruits, watercress, bananas, potatoes and
green vegetables.
SODIUM Sources include; salt, shellfish, carrots, beets, bacon and kidney.
SULFUR Sources include; lean beef, fish eggs, cabbage and dried beans.
ZINC Sources include; steak, eggs, lamb chops, brewer’s yeast and pumpkin


Everyone’s protein requirements are different, depending upon your size, age and physical condition. A large, young person will require more protein than a small, older person. Proteins have different functions, and work in different areas of the body. There are basically two types of Protein ? complete and incomplete protein.

1. Complete Protein-provides the proper balance of eight necessary amino acids that build tissues, and are found in foods of animal organ such as meats, poultry, sea?foods, eggs, milk and cheese.

2. Incomplete Protein- lacks certain essential amino acids and is not used efficiently when eaten alone. However, when it is combined with small amounts of animal?source proteins, it becomes complete. It is found in seeds, nuts, peas, grains and beans.

(Note) Mixing complete and incomplete proteins can give you better nutritional value than either one alone.


Water is the basic solvent for all the products of digestion. It is essential for removing waste from our bodies and 6 to 8 glasses daily is considered healthy.

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