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What are accessory nutrients?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Some nutrients are not considered essential in the same manner that vitamins and minerals are. Among these are amino acids and their derivatives -- essential fatty acids, phospholipids, compounds that exert "vitamin-like" activity, and substances that are part of normal physiology. More and more research indicates that accessory nutrients, although most are not considered "essential" in the classical sense, play a major role in preventing and treating illness.
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