In order for your body to operate properly, it needs food – and the assortment of vitamins and minerals contained therein.

We are often advised to source these ingredients from a balanced diet, and while we certainly agree with the principle, sometimes there is a need to supplement in order to meet our daily quotas. Particularly as soil depletion means our current crops are not nearly as nutritionally plentiful as they once were.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the vitamins and minerals we all need to achieve optimal health. We’ll also consider which nutrients are of particular concern for certain genders and age groups, and we’ll summarise the benefits of multivitamin and mineral supplementation where appropriate.

Let’s dive right in.