Your Guide to Micronutrients

Micronutrients are what your body consistently needs small amounts of to remain healthy, helping in many ways, from regulating your immune system, to strengthening bones and muscles. These are the vitamins and minerals that serve vital roles in the normal functioning of your body. This guide provides simple and straight forward information about each of the following micronutrients.

 

  • Vitamin A – aids in vision and strengthens the immune system
  • Vitamin B (B1-B12) – The B vitamins all play a role in metabolism, converting food into energy. They are also involved in the immune system, skin cell production, mineral absorption and more.
  • Vitamin C – an antioxidant that is vital to your immune system
  • Vitamin D – helps the body absorb calcium and the development of strong bones
  • Vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Vitamin K – essential for healing and bone growth
  • Calcium – makes up teeth and bones, and allows communication between cells
  • Magnesium – involved in processes from protein synthesis to blood pressure regulation
  • Phosphorus – helps with tissue growth
  • Potassium – an electrolyte that allows muscle contraction and aids in metabolism
  • Sodium – an electrolyte that allows water retention and “feeds” nutrients to cells
  • Sulfur – aids in healing wounds and fights bacteria
  • Boron – involved in muscle growth and bone maintenance
  • Cobalt – part of vitamin B12 that is a catalyst for some cell processes
  • Chromium – aids in the functioning of insulin
  • Copper – used in red blood cell production
  • Fluoride – prevents cavities and aids in bone growth
  • Iodine – helps regulate metabolism and synthesize protein
  • Iron – part of blood cell composition and involved in transporting oxygen
  • Manganese – a component of antioxidants that is involved in bone and tendon development
  • Molybdenum – part of the DNA construct that helps in bone and cell growth
  • Selenium – an antioxidant that plays a role in reproduction and the immune system
  • Zinc – supports the immune system and plays a role in many enzyme processes

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