Vitamins, Minerals, and their Sources!

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Vitamins and Minerals are essential for several different processes in the body. We may know the common vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A and Sodium. But what are some other examples? And what are some sources of those vitamins and minerals? Today, we will discuss 2 other vitamins and 1 essential mineral that helps with the function of our livelihoods.

Our first vitamin in Vitamin D. According to New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension, Vitamin D works hand-in-hand with minerals Phosphorus and Calcium to help with forming strong bones and teeth. We can find sources of Vitamin D through skin exposure to sunlight, but also food sources such as salmon and milk.

Salmon for Cooking

Salmon is a great source of the Vitamin D, as well as dairy sources and skin exposure to sunlight. (Source from Ján Sokoly via Flickr)

Our next vitamin, which is a B vitamin, is Folate. Folate is important vitamin as it helps with cell growth and development of the neural tube within developing infants during pregnancy. The Center of Disease control recommends women who are child-bearing age should take in 400 micrograms per day. Sources of Folate include fortified breakfast cereals, oranges, and green leafy vegetables such as spinach.

Our last that we will discuss is a mineral, Zinc! Zinc is also beneficial to cells, as they help with the development and health of the cells over time. New Mexico State University Extension states that it is also beneficial for function of the immune system and important sources are shellfish, legumes, and chocolate. Although these are only a few examples of some Vitamin and Minerals, make sure to consume a variety of them a day!


“Nutrition Facts for Better Meals” – Cooperative Extension Service – New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences