Despite the persistent heat, it's time to get ready for the summer vacations. The following are some vitamin and mineral tips to perk you up, give you energy, and keep you in shape!
VITAMINS & MINERALS …
why you need them and where you'll find them.
Vitamin A Growth, skin coulour & night vision - (liver, carrots, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, butter, margarine)
Vitamin B6 Red blood cell formation, helps PMS and nervous disorders - (cod, salmon, herring, bananas)
Vitamin B12 A great energiser, promotes mental health, helps prevent anaemia - (liver, oily fish, red meat)
Vitamin C Boosts our immunity to colds and infections, promotes healing and may protect us from pollutants - (oranges, lemons, kiwi fruit, blackcurrants)
Vitamin D Bone formation - (cod liver oil, herrings, mackerel, sardines)
Vitamin E An anti-oxidant, protects the heart, blood vessels and skin - (sunflower oil, peanut butter, avocado)
Vitamin K An anti-blood clotting agent - (green vegetables, yogurt)
Folic Acid Vital for preventing spina bifida in babies - (green leafy vegetables, oranges, liver, brewer's yeast, wheatgerm)
Calcium Bone formation - (dairy products, sardines, nuts and beans)
Iron Forming red blood cells - (red meat, dried apricots, wholemeal bread, dark green vegetables)
Zinc Growth, hormone function, male fertility, liver function - (shellfish, liver, cheese, wholemeal bread, eggs)
Magnesium Energy production, allows vitamins B6 and B12 to function, tissue growth and repair - (brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, brown rice, peas)
Iodine Function of the thyroid gland - (haddock, cod, mackerel, mussels)
Selenium Vital for the anti-oxidant process, protects against certain cancers and heart disease - (wholemeal bread, seafood, eggs, brewer's yeast)
Have a Healthy Life … Naturally!