Doubly and triply essential minerals, vitamins and amino acids

The process of flagging up …

  • some fatty acids as ‘essential’ because of their importance for our health (essential)
  • the special nature of two of these – the omega-6 linoleic acid (LA) and the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – because the human body cannot make them so has to ingest them from food (doubly essential)
  • which of these are likely to be the most pristine and vibrant due to the manner of their growing and processing (e.g. organically-grown, cold-pressed oils from raw seeds and nuts during which temperatures never exceed 49 degrees Centigrade/120 degrees Fahrenheit) (triply essential)


… may be applied to other foods and nutrients, including mineral and vitamins.
Currently 36 nutrients are viewed as ‘doubly essential’ (essential for good health but cannot be made by the human body). These are:

  • fourteen minerals: Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium and Zinc
  • thirteen vitamins: A (retinol), B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine HCL), B7 (biotin), B9 (folate), B12 (cyanocobalamin), Choline, C (ascorbic acid), D3 (cholecalciferol – conditional)), E (d-alpha-Tocopherol) and K
  • nine amino acids: Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine plus Cystine, Phenylalanine plus Tyrosine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine


(17619)  Nick Anderson. Green Health Watch 22.12.2018

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