Vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals
Most of the foods we eat - either of plant or animal origin - contain some vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Almost all of these vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals are required, in varying quantities, to ensure the healthy functioning of our body.
Here, we look at the role of each mineral, good sources, and what happens if there is a deficiency. Macrominerals are discussed first, followed by the microminerals. The recommended daily amounts (RDAs) given are for healthy adults aged 19-50 years, although needs do vary at different stages of life.
Here, we look at the role of each vitamin, how much we need, the symptoms and signs of a deficiency, and which foods are good sources.
Minerals are present in most foods in varying quantities. For instance, red meat is a good source of iron...
Phytochemicals are protective chemicals found in foods of plant origin.
Most of the foods we eat - either of plant or animal origin - contain some vitamins.
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