Iron

Iron is an essential mineral required by the body for a number of different functions. It’s most well known role is it’s attachment to the red blood cell protein, haemoglobin. The iron in haemoglobin binds to oxygen and delivers it to all the cells of the body. Metabolic respiration, the process where cells create energy from breaking down nutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins), cannot Read more of this post

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Folate

Folate is a B-vitamin responsible for a number of important chemical reactions in the body involved in the synthesis and repair of DNA. This means that adequate intake of this essential vitamin is particularly important during periods of growth and development.

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Vitamin K

Vitamin K is usually the nutrient that most people don’t know anything about or haven’t even heard of before. It is a fat soluble vitamin and it’s most important role is involved in the formation of a blood clot. Vitamin K is made up of a family of compounds also known as quinones and is used by the liver to make blood clotting factors and is also really important in activating these factors when blood clotting is needed. It may also have an important role in Read more of this post

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and is actually the name given to a family of 8 different naturally occurring chemicals which have a range of functions within the body. Primarily, vitamin E is an essential part of the bodies anti-oxidant system and helps protect the body against oxidative stress. Anti-oxidants fight oxidative stress by ‘defusing’ the damaging chemical reactions triggered by Read more of this post