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Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are essential for your health. Most people can get all they need from eating a healthy balanced diet. Find out about the types of minerals and vitamins, where you can find them and when you may need to take supplements.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is important for good vision, healthy skin and immune system support. Most Australians can get enough from eating a varied, healthy diet.

Vitamin B

The B vitamins are a group of vitamins needed for good health. Learn about what the B vitamins do, what foods have them and vitamin B deficiencies.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C keeps bones and connective tissues healthy, allows you to absorb iron and helps prevent infections. Here's how to get your daily intake.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is very important for bone health. Learn about natural sources and health risks associated with too much or too little vitamin D.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps your body to function, such as keeping your skin and vision healthy. It’s found in food that contains healthy oil and fat.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K deficiency can stop your blood from clotting properly and weaken your bones. Read more about how to prevent and treat vitamin K deficiency.


Calcium strengthens bones, helps prevent osteoporosis and more. Find out how much you need for your age and how to find good sources of calcium.


Folate, also called folic acid, is needed by your body to grow and develop. It is especially important for pregnant women to get enough folate.

Iodine and your health

Iodine is essential for your cells to make proteins, and to build your bones and nerves. Learn about how to get enough iodine in your diet.


The best sources of iron are animal-based foods like meat and eggs (called 'haem iron'), but many plant-based foods also contain (non-haem) iron.


Magnesium is a nutrient essential for healthy muscles, nerves, bones and blood sugar levels. Read about the benefits of magnesium.

Potassium and your health

Potassium is a mineral that your body needs so nerves and muscles function well. Read more on the signs of having too much or too little potassium.

Salt and sodium

Excess salt can raise your blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Learn how to lower your salt (sodium) intake here.


Zinc is a mineral that is essential for many of the body's normal functions and systems. Learn more about how much you need and how to get enough.

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