Vitamins And Minerals – What’s The Big Deal?

I think we all know that what we eat has a major impact on how we feel, what we look like, and our health generally. But the whole area of vitamins and minerals in our diet can be a bit of a mystery to many of us.

We know that a “healthy, balanced diet” is a good thing to aim for, but what does this really mean? What does vitamin A actually do in our bodies? What role does zinc, or magnesium play in good health? And while usually, we might focus on how to get enough of all the vitamins and minerals we need, is there a danger of consuming too much of a particular nutrient?

Vitamins Minerals

In separate articles on the site, you can find out about different healthy ways of eating. We’ve got reviews of different eating plans, well balanced recipes, and discussions about whether one particular diet suits everyone or not. But in this series of articles, we’re taking a specific look at the different micro-nutrients. We’ll take each of the vitamins and minerals that we all know are important.

We’ll look at what they are, how they work in our bodies and what health benefits each one brings. We’ll explore how they work in synergy with each other, the best natural food sources for each nutrient, and we’ll discuss any dangers of over-consumption.

Vitamins and minerals are needed in varying amounts and some form key parts of structures such as red blood cells and bones. Deficiencies of minerals and vitamins can lead to fatigue, illness and disease. A balanced daily diet generally provides the essential nutrients your body needs to stay healthy; a doctor can determine if you require vitamin or mineral supplements to enhance your regular nutrition. – Healthyeating

By the end of the series, you should have a pretty reasonable understanding of the different vitamins and minerals, and be in a good position to assess which ones you might be lacking in, as well as the best foods to eat to boost your consumption.


In the meantime, if you’re serious about wanting to learn more about optimum nutrition levels (as opposed to the national and international recommendations which are all about malnutrition rather than looking at what levels of various vitamins and minerals we should be consuming in order to attain and maintain optimal health) , I would highly recommend Patrick Holford’s classic book, “The Optimum Nutrition Bible”.Optimum Nutrition Bible

It’s been around a few years now, and he has since written several other books looking at specific types of eating, but you’d be hard pushed to find a clearer, more accessible yet comprehensive breakdown of the link between health and nutrition, and how to balance all the different nutrients in our diet. To get a better idea of why we value this book so highly, why not read Lynn’s full review HERE.