Now that we’ve tackled macronutrients, let’s talk micronutrients. Micronutrients are equally important but required in much smaller amounts than macronutrients. Good news is that choosing whole, nutrient dense plant-based foods will help you to get a balance of both.
Here’s a list of important micronutrients including their role in your health and the foods you can find them in.
Vitamin A contributes to the normal function of the immune function.1
You’ll find Vitamin A in fruits and vegetables such as carrots and leafy greens.
VITAMIN B (B1, B2, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid, B6, B12, and folic acid)
Find them in whole grains, beans, avocados, leafy greens, quinoa, and seeds.
VITAMIN B 12
Slightly harder to find on a plant-based diet, B12 aids in red blood cell formation. 1
Good news is you can find B12 in nutritional yeast and Vega One® All-in-One Shake.
Vitamin C is a dietary antioxidant that protects against the oxidative effects of free radicals.1 Vitamin C is also a factor in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums.
Look for vitamin C in citrus fruits, red bell peppers, and strawberries.
Vitamin D enhances calcium and phosphorus absorption and utilization. 1 It is also a factor in the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth. Your body can synthesize its own vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. But if you’re working inside all day, or live at a northern latitude, a supplement can be beneficial.
Vitamin D can be found in nutritional yeast and UV-exposed mushrooms.
Iron forms your red blood cells, which deliver oxygen throughout your body. 1 Symptoms of low iron levels are fatigue, difficulty concentrating and reduced athletic performance.
Spinach, legumes, and pumpkin seeds are plant-based sources of iron, and all are best paired with vitamin C rich foods to support iron absorption. If you have chronically low levels of iron, you should speak to a health professional about supplementing further.
You don’t need dairy to get enough calcium in your diet to build and maintain strong bones. There are plenty of plant-based foods that contain calcium including almonds, broccoli, black and navy beans.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that contributes to normal muscle function and is a factor in energy metabolism, tissue formation and bone development. 1
Help get your magnesium needs met with whole foods including pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds.
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- Government of Canada,Canadian Food Inspection Agency, & Food Safety and Consumer Protection Directorate. (2019, October 31). Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada. Retrieved from https://www.inspection.gc.ca/food-label-requirements/labelling/industry/health-claims-on-food-labels/eng/1392834838383/1392834887794?chap=9#s16c9