Contributor: Nutrition Counselor Ling Ai
Vitamins and minerals are compounds necessary for the healthy functioning of our bodies. Consuming too little or too much of these nutrients may have impact on your health state.
The known vitamins include A, C, D, E, and K, and the B vitamins eg: Thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxal (B6), folate/folic acid (B9) & cobalamin (B12). A number of minerals are essential for health Eg: Calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, sulfur, cobalt, copper, fluoride, manganese, and selenium. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 recommends that people should aim to meet their nutrient requirements through a healthy eating pattern that includes nutrient-dense forms of foods.
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