Have you ever wondered why vitamins and minerals are so crucial to the proper functioning of our bodies? Many of us have heard of these nutrients, but often do not know why they are so important for a healthier and vital life.


What are vitamins and minerals?


Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients, and are the building blocks of optimal health. Because our bodies only need small amounts of each nutrient, amounts are often represented as milligrams and micrograms. Vitamins, such as vitamins A, C, D and E, play a vital role in strengthening our immune system, promoting healthy skin and supporting our senses. Minerals, including calcium, magnesium and iron, are essential for building strong bones, regulating heart rate and blood pressure, and promoting muscle function.

Except for vitamin D and vitamin K, our bodies cannot produce vitamins and minerals on their own. Therefore, it is essential to make sure we get enough of these nutrients through a healthy diet.


What do vitamins and minerals do?


Vitamins and minerals have a wide range of functions that keep our bodies in top condition. They work together like a well-oiled machine, and each plays a specific role. Vitamin D, for example, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” helps absorb calcium and phosphorus, which is critical for healthy bones. Vitamin C is known for its powerful antioxidants and supports the immune system. Iron carries oxygen to our cells and tissues, fighting fatigue.


The consequences of vitamin and mineral deficiency


Unfortunately, many people worldwide suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Deficiency can lead to negative consequences such as fatigue, feeling depressed, a weakened immune system and even serious long-term health problems. For example, vitamin D deficiency can lead to brittle bones, while iron deficiency can lead to anemia. If you are experiencing any of the consequences of vitamin and mineral deficiency, it is important to analyze your diet and examine whether your body is getting all of its daily nutrients.

Research by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has shown that more than half of the Dutch population takes in the recommended amounts of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. This is partly due to the “fast food culture” in which we live, with an abundance of unhealthy foods and drinks that do not meet proper nutrient requirements.


How do I get enough vitamins and minerals?


The solution to a lack of proper vitamins and minerals is to make sure you get enough nutrients from healthy foods and get the daily amount you need. Jake Vitaminbars contain as much as 25% of the vitamins and minerals you need on a daily basis. The Vitaminbars are light meals or a nutritious snack for in-between meals that provide your body with every nutrient you need, and are also 100% vegan.

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