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You probably know that milk contains calcium and you might have even heard that calcium is good for your bones. But did you know that calcium is also in foods like seaweed and it keeps much more than just your bones healthy? Well, it’s the most abundant mineral in your body for good reason. Let’s get to know it better.

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Chloride is one of the two components that make up table salt, next to sodium. This means that it’s probably in most foods you have. Still, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve never heard about it. Often hidden in sodium’s notorious shadow, chloride is less well studied on its own. We need it to stay healthy, but does it also play a part in the adverse health effects attributed to sodium? Let’s take a look at the facts about chloride.

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The Light Bearer

Phosphorus certainly knows how to attract attention. It was discovered by an alchemist when he was boiling his own pee on a quest for the Philosopher’s stone. Not only was it the 13th element to be discovered, it also glows in the dark and tends to burst into flames, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the devil’s element.

Despite its explosive reputation, phosphorus in your diet will not harm you. To the contrary – it’s an essential element of healthy nutrition and it’s responsible for key functions in your body. Here’s what you need to know about phosphorus.

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Manganese, not to be mistaken with magnesium, is an element known to man for 30,000 years. It was used by cavemen and ancient glassmakers. And your body is using it right now, too. Manganese protects your cells, helps your wounds heal and keeps your bones healthy. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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Sodium may not be well-known as such, but it’s very well-known as being one of the two components of our beloved table salt, ‘sodium chloride’. Table salt has long been appreciated for its role in human metabolism. In fact, Roman soldiers were even partially paid in wafers of salt, referred to as ‘salarium’. That’s exactly where the modern word ‘salary’ derives from. Although you probably don’t get much salt for your service these days, it’s as important as ever. Let’s have a closer look at sodium.

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Vitamin B12: The Energy Vitamin

Vitamin B12 is the best-known B-complex vitamin. Perhaps due to its high deficiency rates, especially among vegans and vegetarians. Or, due to its reputation as an energy booster. Who wouldn’t pay attention to a supplement package promising instant energy? As appealing as such claims may sound, do you know exactly what they mean?

Before you make a run for the supplements store, here’s what you need to know about vitamin B12.

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Vitamin B9: The Pregnancy Vitamin

What comes to mind when you hear ‘vitamin B9’? Probably nothing in particular.

More commonly known as ‘folic acid’, vitamin B9 is a key supplement during pregnancy. So, unless you’re pregnant or close to someone who is, you probably don’t know much about it. It’s worth changing that, because vitamin B9 is equally important for all of us.

Let’s take a closer look at its functions.

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Vitamin B7 (biotin): The Beauty Vitamin

Vitamin B7, which is more commonly known as biotin, was originally called vitamin H. Derived from the German words for ‘hair’ (‘Haar’) and ‘skin’ (‘Haut’), the name was inspired by the observation that rats develop skin diseases and lose their hair after being fed egg whites. What does vitamin B7 have to do with that? Let’s find out.

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Vitamin B6

Sometimes we all need a helping hand to stay energetic and focused. All vitamins from the B-complex deserve credit for helping us do that. Responsible for turning food into energy, B-complex vitamins work well as a team. However, taken individually, they also have unique specialities. So, what makes vitamin B6 stand out from the rest? Let’s take a closer look.

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Vitamin B5: The Vitamin That’s All Around

Whether you’ve heard about vitamin B5 before or not, the truth is – you can’t miss it. It’s in almost every food source and in every cell of your body! Its role in health is quite diverse. From turning nutrients into energy, to keeping your skin healthy, vitamin B5 is truly all-round. Below is what you should know about it.