Vitamins and Minerals 101
We hear a lot about vitamins and minerals, but why are they so important? Biomedical chemist Michelle Tchea investigates.
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.