Why do vitamins not provide energy

Vitamins and minerals

Indispensable building blocks of life

Vitamins and minerals are building blocks of life and indispensable for our body. Since our body cannot produce these nutrients by itself, they have to be consumed in sufficient quantities through food every day.


Vitamins

Although vitamins do not provide energy, they are extremely important for metabolism. Their job is to regulate the utilization of carbohydrates, proteins and minerals. They strengthen the immune system and are essential for building cells, blood cells, bones and teeth. Vitamins are important nutrients that must be supplied with food because the body cannot produce them itself. The only vitamin that is produced by the body is vitamin D. It is produced in the skin by exposure to sunlight. But vitamin D must also be taken in with food in order to meet the body's needs.


Find out here why you need which vitamins and which foods contain them.

Minerals

Minerals are nutrients that do not provide energy, but are essential for many functions in the body. The minerals are divided into bulk elements and trace elements. The best known minerals are calcium and iron. We need the minerals for our metabolism and have to take them in daily with our food. In contrast to vitamins, minerals are hardly sensitive to heat, light or oxygen. However, they can be leached out by water during preparation. Therefore, vegetables should be steamed rather than boiled in lots of water.



Find out here why you need which minerals and which foods contain them.


Classification of minerals:


Set elements

Trace element

(Need more than 50 mg / day)

(Need less than 50 mg / day)

sodium

iron

potassium

zinc

chloride

iodine

Calcium

fluoride

phosphorus

selenium

magnesium

copper

manganese

chrome

molybdenum


Etc.