Vitamins, minerals and other stuff that keeps you alive
Find out about why you need to get these essentials into your diet.
You may hear about how such and such a food or drink is good for; sure it has this vitamin and this amount of potassium but that may not mean much to you if you’re not so sure what you need those for. Not to worry though, we’ve got you covered.
Potassium* - this is a mineral that helps regulate your water levels and helps with balancing acid in your body.
*Bananas, citrus fruit, dried fruit, broccoli
Iron* – this helps red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body.
*Red meat, pork, fish, beans
Calcium* – them bones, them bones need calcium. If only every essential mineral came with its own jingle. You need this for strong bones and teeth.
*Milk and other dairy products, broccoli, orange juice
Magnesium* – we need this for our muscles and nerves to function.
*Leafy green vegetables, bananas, wholegrain bread, chocolate
Zinc* – this is important for growth, strong immunity and healing.
*Red meat, chicken, seafood, beans, dairy products
Vitamin A* is important for vision, especially night vision, bone growth and mucous membranes.
*Milk, eggs, oranges, green vergetables
The B-complex* vitamins help the body obtain energy from food, as well as support vision, healthy skin, and the nervous system.
*Fish, red meat, dairy products, beans, wholegrain foods
Vitamin C* aids in growth of tissues, cartilage, bones, teeth.
*Citrus fruit, tomatoes, broccoli and spinach
Vitamin D* aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous
*Sunshine, oily fish, orange juice, milk
Vitamin E *is also an antioxidant and helps to generate red blood cells and prevents blood from clotting.
*Nuts, leafy vegetables, wholegrains
Vitamin K* also works with the blood, aiding in the normal clotting.
*Green vegetables, blueberries, seafood