If you follow our little blog here, you may have come across this post about nutrients you may not be getting enough of. And if not — welp, why not give it a read?
But while researching that article, I was kind of surprised by just how many nutrients that half or more people don’t get enough of in their diets. You see, while fiber, magnesium, vitamin D, potassium, and omega-3s are all really important, there’s a whole lot more nutrients out there that study after study shows we tend to lack.
So, in the interest of being a bit more comprehensive, here are five more nutrients you might want to add to your diet.
Yes, calcium. It’s good for your bones — we all know that. But what you might not know is that it’s important for some other pretty essential functions like blood clotting. And while most of us actually do get the recommended serving of calcium, there’s still a good 25% that aren’t quite getting enough.
Get it from cheese, non-fat milk, and our personal favorite, collard greens.
This is a really important one, as iron is one of the most essential nutrients for your body and is especially necessary for both memory and muscle. People who are okay with meat in their diet can get this one from poultry and fish. Vegetarians and vegans might wanna try edamame, lentils, or broccoli.
3.) Vitamin A
It’s not quite as famous as its counterpart, Vitamin C and D, but no less important. ‘A’ is the vitamin you want for your vision. You’ve probably heard you can get it from carrots, but liver, sweet potatoes, and spinach will also do.
4. Vitamin E
Again, this is a vitamin that kind of lives in the shadow of C and D, but vitamin E is a really strong antioxidant. Which basically means it’ll help you prevent disease…and boost your immune system. Nuts like almonds and hazelnuts will take care of this one.
5. Vitamin B12
If you’re feeling a little low on energy, think about boosting this one a bit. B12 is important in red blood cell production and, like iron, really important for some pretty basic bodily functions. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, get this one from fortified food and soy products.