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Calcium is a mineral that is found in foods, specifically dairy, and stored in bones and teeth in our body. It is essential for growth and development of children and adolescents as it maintains strong bones and teeth while also assisting in muscle contractions, nerve stimulation and regulating blood pressure
It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly. Zinc also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell.
Haemoglobin represents about two-thirds of the body’s iron. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. A lack of red blood cells is called iron deficiency anaemia. Without healthy red blood cells, your body can’t get enough oxygen.
The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones. Failure to obtain adequate iodine in their diet may develop a condition known as ‘goitre’, a swelling of the thyroid gland in the neck. Iodine deficiency can also lead to weight gain, lethargy, intolerance to cold, increased blood cholesterol, mental slowness and reduced heart function.