Micronutrients*

Monday, 26 March 2018, By Dan Roitman

 

Vitamins are essential for our bodies, ensuring that they function as intended. There are many different types of vitamins, and the recommended intake for each type can be ingested through our food. As a general rule, leafy greens, red meats and nuts/seeds will cover the requirements, however you may still be required to take some supplementation to boost up your vitamin levels. This is something your GP will notify you of if necessary. 

All vitamins listed are fat-soluble, except for Vitamin B which is water soluble.

 

Some information on the different types of vitamins is listed below, explaining the benefits, and what foods are high in certain vitamins.

 

 

Vitamin A:

It is important for growth and development, for the maintenance of the immune system and good vision. 

Found in: Leafy vegetables, carrots, pumpkin, squash, spinach, fish.

 

 

Vitamin B:

They help convert our food into fuel, allowing us to stay energized throughout the day. Each B vitamin has its own specific benefit, however many of them work in tandem.

Found in: Greens and red meat. 

 

 

Vitamin D:

Assists in increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate.

Found in: Ideally from the sun, or fish, liver, mushroom.

 

 

Vitamin E:

An anti oxidant, which also helps inhibit smooth muscle growth, and has a role in eye and neurological functions.

Found in: Fruits and veg, nuts and seeds.

 

 

Vitamin K:

Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries - it regulates normal blood clotting. In addition, by assisting the transport of calcium throughout the body, Vitamin K may also be helpful for bone health.

Found in: Spinach, egg yolks, liver.

 

 

As mentioned before, we can see the majority of vitamins can be covered by consuming meat and green vegetables. As these should be a regular part of your daily intake, there should be no reason to be deficient.

 

 

 

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