December 13, 2021
From Vegan Life

Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that are involved in a multitude of important roles in the body, including converting food into energy, supporting immunity, and facilitating tissue remodelling and repair. A diet that contains plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, quality protein, healthy fats and whole grains should, in theory, deliver the nutrients needed for good health. But not everyone manages to eat a healthy diet, and even if we consume what would be considered an optimal diet, all the time, we may still be lacking in nutrients.

Nutrient shortfalls are caused by a multiplicity of different factors, and this means that many of us are not getting the level of nutrients needed for health. These include our food choices, depleted soil, how our food is grown, processing, and preparation methods.

There are also factors outside of our diets that can play a part, such as a sedentary lifestyle, genetic variations, illness, old age, and medications, which can give rise to increased micronutrient needs. Recent analysis of the UK’s major dietary surveys found that many of us are not even obtaining the most basic level of certain nutrients and that fruit and vegetable intake is sub-optimal in all groups of the population.