Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that we only need in small amounts, yet are vital to keep our body functioning properly. We should be able to get most of our needs through a balanced diet.

Chromium in the diet

27 March 2019

Chromium is an essential trace element that enhances insulin function and influences carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. It has been suggested that chromium could be used as an adjunct to weight loss and to improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes. This article examines current understanding in these areas and outlines recommendations for chromium consumption.

Should we forget five-a-day? Not so fast!

06 October 2017

Recent media headlines claim that three servings of fruit and veg is enough to live longer. Should we forget about current recommendations for five portions a day? 

Highlights from the 2nd international vitamin conference

02 June 2013

The 2nd International Vitamin Conference brought together scientists and regulators in sharing new knowledge on vitamins. The Conference took place between the 23rd and the 25th of May 2012 in Copenhagen...

Iodine deficiency and iodine rich foods to solve the problem

30 December 2011

Iodine deficiency is a significant public health concern, but it can be prevented by including certain iodine rich foods in your diet. Discover which here.

A bright future for vitamin D

14 November 2011

Vitamin D has recently been hitting the headlines in Europe, highlighting the need for action to ensure that Europeans have enough vitamin D. But how should this be obtained? Is diet and sunshine enough, or do we need a bit of extra help?

Low vitamin D levels among European adolescents

06 September 2011

Sub-optimal vitamin D levels are highly prevalent among European adolescents, according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.