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Vitamins, minerals, trace elements.

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The last part of the constituents series.

You'll find lots of minerals and trace elements in the mineral plants: nettles, horsetail, raspberry leaf, lady's mantle leaf, green oats, and so on.

You'll find less of them if they're cultivated, more if they're picked where they like to grow. For instance, you won't find all that much minerals etc. in cultivated alfalfa - you'll find it in the wild plants.
Unless, of course, the alfalfa is organically grown - in fields that have received nutrients besides the cheap bagged NPK (Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium) that's usually used in non-organic farming.

The vitamins:

You'll find vitamin C in most if not all sour fruit (it's ascorbic acid), in cabbages, and in the needles of edible conifers. It hurts to think of all the people who died of vitamin C deficience (scurvy) in the woods of Finland ... mainly spruce and pine. There's more vitamin C in 100 g pine shoots than there ever was in an orange.

You'll find vitamin E in most oily seeds (think cold-pressed oils), in whole grains, egg yolks, and leafy greens.

Vitamin A (or its precursor, beta-caroten) is found things like carrots, eggs, milk, apricots and nectarines, and spinach.

Vitamin K is found in leafy greens, milk and liver, among other things.

B-vitamins are found in grains, eggs, meat, fish, milk, beans and peas, leafy greens and citrus fruit. You won't find B12 in any plant at all - it's purely animal-derived. Any reports that B12 was found in so-and-so plant means that the plant lot wasn't the purest ...

Vitamin D is found in egg yolks, fish and milk - and you produce it yourself, if you expose enough of your skin to sun.

Vitamins A D E and K are fat-soluble, the rest are watersoluble.

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