Here are some facts about micronutrients and their sources.
MICRONUTRIENTS – Micronutrients, often referred to as vitamins and minerals, are vital, and here are some facts about them and where to get them.
What to know about micronutrients?
Vitamins and minerals also called micronutrients play special roles in development, disease prevention, and overall well-being. Vitamins are needed for energy production, immune function, blood clotting, and other functions.
Minerals, on the other hand, are necessary for growth, bone health, fluid balance, and other processes.
According to Health Harvard, there are almost 30 vitamins and minerals the body cannot produce on its own in sufficient amounts and they are referred to as “essential micronutrients”. And consuming the recommended amount daily is important.
As much as we all know, not getting enough of these may lead to deficiency and deficiency may cause unwanted illnesses.
The six essential micronutrients are:
- vitamin D
- vitamin A
According to Harvard’s post, here are some micros to boost the immune system and their sources:
|Vitamin B6||Chicken, cereals, bananas, pork loin, potatoes with skin|
|Vitamin C||Tomatoes, citrus fruit, sweet peppers, broccoli, kiwi fruit|
|Vitamin E||Sunflower seeds and oil, almonds, safflower oil, peanut butter|
|Magnesium||Whole wheat, legumes, nuts, seeds|
|Zinc||Oysters, beef shank, Alaskan king crab, turkey (dark meat)|
Check out more below along with the food sources based on a post from Healthline:
|Vitamin B1 (thiamine)||Whole grains, meat, fish|
|Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)||Organ meats, eggs, milk|
|Vitamin B3 (niacin)||Meat, salmon, leafy greens, beans|
|Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)||Organ meats, mushrooms, tuna, avocado|
|Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)||Fish, milk, carrots, potatoes|
|Vitamin B7 (biotin)||Eggs, almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes|
|Vitamin B9 (folate)||Beef, liver, black-eyed peas, spinach, asparagus|
|Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)||Clams, fish, meat|
|Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)||Citrus fruits, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts|
|Vitamin A||Retinol (liver, dairy, fish), carotenoids (sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach)|
|Vitamin D||Sunlight, fish oil, milk|
|Vitamin E||Sunflower seeds, wheat germ, almonds|
|Vitamin K||Leafy greens, soybeans, pumpkin|
|Calcium||Milk products, leafy greens, broccoli|
|Phosphorus||Salmon, yogurt, turkey|
|Magnesium||Almonds, cashews, black beans|
|Sodium||Salt, processed foods, canned soup|
|Chloride||Seaweed, salt, celery|
|Potassium||Lentils, acorn squash, bananas|
|Sulfur||Garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, eggs, mineral water|
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Lack of vitamin A can lead to blindness, major pregnancy issues in women including death, and cause an assortment of serious medical conditions and diseases in children including death. Children could die from diarrhea and the measles due to lack of vitamin A.