17 April 2009

Kinder Kitchen Nutrition - vitamins and minerals

List of key minerals and vitamins

There are a number of vitamins and minerals vital for your child to maintain a healthy diet. Below is a list of a number of these and an explanation of how they help the body.

Vitamin A: Growth, healthy skin, boosts immune system

Vitamin B: Helps digestion, healthy nervous system

Vitamin C: Growth, healing of wounds and helps fight infection

Vitamin D: Helps with formation of bones

Vitamin E: Helps with cell structure

Calcium: Bones, teeth and growth

Iron: Healthy blood and muscles. Children will lack energy and feel run down if they lack iron in their diet. Red meat is best source of iron.

Thiamine: Essential to help the body process carbohydrates

Niacin: Helps overall body function, healthy liver

Folic acid: Healthy red blood cells

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