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The role of nutrients

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Function, maintenance and protection

MaisonWhat role do vitamins play?

Vitamins play a key role in how your body functions. We can only get them from food. They help protect your body and prevent illness. They are also important for growth, as they enable your body to use energy nutrients and minerals.

Vitamins can be water soluble, meaning they dissolve in water, or liposoluble, meaning they dissolve in fat.

What role do minerals play?

Minerals play a role in enabling your body to function and in maintaining it.
Calcium helps regulate your heart rate.
Iron is associated with transporting oxygen and helps your immune system better defend itself against infection.

What role does fibre play?

Dietary fibre cannot be digested. It passes through the intestines to your colon and helps regulate intestinal transit.

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