NUTRITION CORNER: Minerals boost the immune system

The main minerals are calcium, phosphorous, sodium, chloride and potassium. They are stored in abundance in the body, within the structure of the bones and throughout the body’s tissues and fluids as salts.

Some minerals have very specific roles within the body.

Calcium is vital in preventing osteoporosis, a condition which affects the bone, and ineffective muscle contraction.

The current recommended daily allowance for calcium is 1500mg per day and can be found in foods such as milk, cheese, broccoli, cabbage and nuts in addition to being available in supplement form.

Zinc is important in maintaining a healthy immune system, assisting in foetal development in pregnancy and is a significant contributor to enzyme pathways and hormone function.

Iron is an essential element within our blood in relation to oxygen transport.#