Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are known as micro nutrients which are chemical elements or substances required in trace amounts for normal growth and development.

Vitamins and Minerals play important roles in human development and well-being, including the regulation of metabolism, heartbeat, cellular pH, and bone density. Lack of micronutrients can lead to stunted growth in children and increased risk for various diseases in adulthood. Without proper consumption of micronutrients, humans can suffer from diseases such as rickets (lack of vitamin D), scurvy (lack of vitamin C), and osteoporosis (lack of calcium).

Minerals are also available in two forms: Macrominerals and Microminerals.

Macrominerals are needed in larger amounts and include the following:
Calcium
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Sodium
Potassium

Microminerals are only needed in trace amounts and include the following:
Iron
Copper
Iodine
Zinc
Fluoride

A deficiency or depletion of vitamins and minerals, results whenever there is a change in one or more of the stages of metabolism, such as reduced intake, reduced absorption, redistribution, and increased excretion.

Most common lacking vitamin and minerals lacking in Australians are

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin D

 

From your initial health assessment, I can advise if you are deficient in any specific Vitamins or Minerals and will design a personalised menu plan, to include a sufficient amount and source, which adequately meets your nutritional needs.

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