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The Vitals of Vitamins and Minerals

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How well do you know them?

You’re probably familiar with the phrase, “everything in moderation”. It’s no different when it comes to vitamins and minerals – it’s all a matter of balance. If you’ve ignored this sound advice, this pop quiz will show you why you[...]

Vitamin K

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Keeping things together

Did you know that Vitamin K helps blood clot? Severe deficiencies can cause serious bleeding problems. Aptly named after the German word koagulation, vitamin K is key in helping blood to clot. It exists in several forms. The two main[...]

Phosphorus

You just can’t live without it

Phosphorus has plenty of benefits for our bodies — it strengthens our bones, protects our cells and helps us make energy. Even better news: it is available in a wide range of food sources. One of the most abundant minerals[...]

Vitamin E

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More than skin deep

Vitamin E is not only a choice ingredient in cosmetics; it also bodes well for our eyes, hearts and nerves. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E neutralises the oxidant effect of free radicals, which destroy the healthy cells in our[...]

Vitamin D

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Walking on sunshine

Of the essential nutrients our bodies need, vitamin D is one that stands out from the crowd. You don’t get it from eating loads of green veggies (cue sighs of relief); interestingly, the best way to load up on vitamin[...]

Vitamin C

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Our familiar friend

Vitamin C is one of the most renowned nutrients in the world – even as kids, we could easily name citrus fruits and vegetables as good sources of this vitamin. Boasting a range of be nefits from nutrient production to[...]

Vitamin B12

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Guardian of your red blood cells and nervous system

Our bodies need vitamin B12 to make red blood cells and maintain a healthy nervous system. Deficiency can lead to anaemia (a condition due to a lack of red blood cells) and nerve damage. While it’s part of the B[...]

Zinc

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Important for brains (and for men)

              Zinc is responsible for a wide range of functions in the human body, from synthesis of DNA and proteins, to wound healing, and maintaining a proper sense of taste and smell. Zinc is[...]

Fish Oil

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The omega-3 repository

Fish oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids – a combination of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – which are pivotal in supporting brain growth and infant development. Fish such as sardine, mackerel, and salmon accumulate the fatty[...]

Vitamin B9

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Brain and blood warrior

Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid, works like the other B vitamins in that it helps our bodies convert food into fuel, giving us energy to go about our daily lives. B vitamins are also important for healthy skin,[...]

Beta-carotene

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More reasons to eat a plateful of colour

Beta-carotene is a red-orangey pigment found in colourful fruits and vegetables – especially in carrots. Once in our body, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, which we all need for good vision, healthy skin and a strong immune system. Just[...]

Vitamin B7

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For hair, nails and skin growth

Vitamin B7 – more commonly known as biotin or vitamin H – is part of the B-complex group of vitamins, which helps to keep your nervous system healthy and is essential for metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. In particular, vitamin[...]

Iron

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Our energiser

The primary function of iron is to make haemoglobin (found in red blood cells) and myoglobin (found in muscles) – two proteins which help carry and store oxygen in our bodies. Iron is also essential for cell growth and differentiation.[...]

Vitamin B6

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The excellent multi-tasker

Our body depends heavily on enzymes, which are protein structures that help chemical reactions take place. As vitamin B6 is involved in more than 100 enzymatic reactions, it has crucial and diverse functions in our bodies. Functions Prevents heart disease.[...]

DHA

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Food for your heart, eyes and mind (literally!)

DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is an omega-3 fatty acid found in fatty fish and fish oil supplements. DHA is a major structural fat and makes up 60% and 40% of polyunsaturated fatty acids in our eyes and brains, respectively. Our[...]

Vitamin B5

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The omnipresent vitamin

Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenic acid, where the Greek word pantos means “everywhere”. True to its name, Vitamin B5 is virtually present in all types of food. Like the other seven B vitamins, Vitamin B5 dissolves in water[...]

Gluten-Free Chickpea Muffins

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These absolutely delicious muffins are not only healthy, they are easy to make, too!

These gluten-free muffins are SUPER easy to make and are packed with protein, fibre, and a whole lot of goodness. They’re great to have as breakfast on-the-go, a quick snack between meals or even for lunch… pretty much any time[...]

Ginkgo

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More than a culinary delight

Lauded for its long list of culinary and medicinal uses, ginkgo nuts are derived from Ginkgo biloba, one of the longest living tree species in the world. In fact, the use of ginkgo for treating asthma and bronchitis dates way[...]

Vitamin B3

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Vitamin B3 is a key supporter of bodily circulation. It also reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers “bad” cholesterol. If you want to keep cholesterol levels in check and for better heart health, Vitamin B3 is your good[...]

Vitamins Guide

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Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, gets its name from its colour. The root of this word is the Latin word “flavus”, which means “yellow.” As with other B-complex vitamins, Vitamin B2 helps our bodies metabolise fats and protein. Thus,[...]

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