Nutrition Studies (Vitamins and Minerals) OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Class on Nutrition Studies by The Open University

Published Feb 11, 2009

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Students can learn about the benefits of vitamins and minerals in the 'Nutrition Studies (Vitamins and Minerals)' OpenCourseWare. The free undergraduate course is offered by The Open University and can be completed in approximately 10 hours.

Nutrition Studies (Vitamins and Minerals): Course Specifics

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Nutrition Studies (Vitamins and Minerals): Course Description

The introductory course 'Nutrition Studies (Vitamins and Minerals)' shows students how minerals and vitamins are an important part of a healthy diet. The first part of the OpenCourseWare examines two different groups of vitamins: water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins. The course introduces the essential fat-soluble A, D, E and K vitamins that are required for a healthy lifestyle. These vitamins can be absorbed and stored in the body for a longer period of time. Vitamins, such as B and C, are water-soluble and can be lost during the cooking process in food and are removed easily from the body through urination.

In order for a person to keep any water-soluble vitamins in their system, they must frequently take in the vitamins to maintain their essential nutrients. The course covers each vitamin from both groups in detail and explains the benefits of vitamins in a healthy diet and the effects of vitamin deficiency. The second part of the OpenCourseWare discusses minerals, electrolytes and fluids. These important minerals include chlorine, calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium. Minerals are also part of a healthy diet that helps form strong teeth and bones.

This OpenCourseWare includes study materials. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the nutrition studies on vitamins and minerals course page.

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