Vitamins and minerals during adolescence

The adolescence It is a very important stage in the life of a person, not only because it is in this period when his personality is formed and it matures both physically and emotionally, but because it is a vital stage for its development and growth.

It is therefore essential that parents pay special attention to the adolescent's diet, as it is very important to follow not only a healthy lifestyle (with the consumption of tobacco and alcohol, so common in adolescents, it tends to be very complicated ), but to keep nutrition as healthy as possible.

What are the most important vitamins?

Although obviously the contribution of all vitamins daily for the proper functioning of the body is essential, during adolescence the needs of certain vitamins increase.

On the one hand, both folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are involved in the synthesis of tissues and in the metabolism of proteins.

On the other, due to the bone growth that the adolescent suffers from puberty, vitamin D requirements increase.

Neither should we forget other important vitamins that are involved and participate in good cellular functioning and growth: vitamin A, C and E.

And the most outstanding minerals?

Given that one of the most prominent vitamins in the bone growth of adolescents is vitamin D, obviously also increases the need for calcium, since calcium needs this vitamin for its proper absorption by our body. This mineral is especially important for girls, as a poor calcium intake during adolescence can influence in the future develop osteoporosis.

Other minerals also stand out, such as iron (when blood volume increases due to the increase in body mass in boys, and in girls due to the onset of menstruation), zinc (which intervenes in sexual maturation and growth), magnesium , iodine, copper and phosphorus.

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