Vi­ta­mins and Min­er­als 101

We hear a lot about vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, but why are they so im­por­tant? Bio­med­i­cal chemist Michelle Tchea in­ves­ti­gates.

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The TLDR ver­sion of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als? Key ones like cal­cium and iron are re­spon­si­ble for the proper func­tion­ing of the body, stim­u­lat­ing growth and devel­op­ment, and keep­ing chronic dis­eases at bay.

“Nu­tri­ents of­ten work in syn­ergy with each other,” says Fiona Tuck, a nu­tri­tional medicine prac­ti­tioner. “Eat­ing a bal­anced diet pro­vides nu­tri­ents in their most nat­u­ral bioavail­able form and is im­por­tant for bio­chem­i­cal re­ac­tions in the body, such as bone for­ma­tion and cell re­gen­er­a­tion,” she adds.

While you can take sup­ple­ments to help meet your tar­gets, Fiona be­lieves they should only be used to help cor­rect a de­fi­ciency, say if you’re on a strict diet.

There are more than 22 es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, but here are the key ones to look out for if you’re a 20-some­thing.

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