Tag Archives: micronutrients

Food for Brain Health

Eating For Brain Health

There is already a substantial body of evidence supporting the use of the Mediterranean diet to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. Rich in vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, whole grains, protein and olive oil, this diet is naturally low in ‘junk’ food meaning a reduction in sugar and highly processed fried…

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July 13, 2017
'C' shaped citrus fruit

Micronutrients: Vitamin C

Micronutrients: Vitamin C This week we will move on from fat-soluble to water-soluble vitamins, starting with vitamin C. Most plant and animal tissues are able to synthesise vitamin C from glucose, however humans (along with other primates) are some of the few mammals unable to do this. This means that we must get our vitamin…

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May 18, 2016
Vitamin E and K

Micronutrients: Vitamin E and K

Micronutrients: Vitamin E and K This week we will look at the other fat soluble vitamins, vitamin E and K. Vitamin E Vitamin E is not a single compound, but a collection of 8 related molecules called tocopherols and tototrienols. Vitamin E is an antioxidant; these are substances that guard against oxidative damage from free…

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May 16, 2016
Vitamin D

Micronutrients: Vitamin D

Micronutrients: Vitamin D Last week we talked about vitamin A, this week we will look at another of the fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin D. Functions Vitamin D, sometimes known as ‘The Sunshine Vitamin’ has several important functions in the body. It’s most well known function is related to calcium absorption. Adequate calcium intake is essential for…

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May 13, 2016
Letter A made from fruit/veg

Micronutrients: Vitamin A

Micronutrients: Vitamin A Over the past few weeks we have covered the macronutrients – carbohydrate, protein and fat. The next series of articles will focus on the micronutrients – vitamins and minerals. Vitamins Vitamins are a diverse array of organic chemicals that are essential for optimal health. They are used for structural purposes, the building…

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May 12, 2016
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