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The Open University

Nutrition: vitamins and minerals

The Open University via OpenLearn

Overview

Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities. Learn about the two main vitamin groups and the major mineral elements. This free course, Nutrition: vitamins and minerals,...

Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Learning outcomes
  • 1 Vitamins
  • 1 Vitamins
  • 1.1 Introduction to vitamins and why we need them
  • 1.2 Vitamin A
  • 1.3 Vitamin D
  • 1.4 Vitamin E
  • 1.5 Vitamin K
  • 1.6 Vitamin B
  • 1.6.1 Thiamin (or thiamine, also known as vitamin B1 )
  • 1.6.2 Riboflavin (vitamin B2 )
  • 1.6.3 Niacin (vitamin B3 )
  • 1.6.4 Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • 1.6.5 Folate (folic acid, vitamin B9 )
  • 1.6.6 Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
  • 1.6.7 Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5 )
  • 1.6.8 Biotin (vitamin H)
  • 1.7 Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • 1.8 Test your learning
  • 1.9 Key points about vitamins
  • 2 Minerals and fluids
  • 2 Minerals and fluids
  • 2.1 Introduction to minerals and why we need them
  • 2.2 Major minerals
  • 2.3 Calcium (Ca)
  • 2.4 Phosphorus (P), magnesium (Mg) and sulphur (S)
  • 2.4.1 Phosphorus (P)
  • 2.4.2 Magnesium (Mg)
  • 2.4.3 Sulfur (S)
  • 2.5 Sodium (Na), chlorine (Cl) and potassium (K)
  • 2.6 Trace elements
  • 2.7 Fluorine (F)
  • 2.8 Iodine (I)
  • 2.9 Iron (Fe)
  • 2.10 Selenium (Se)
  • 2.11 Zinc (Zn)
  • 2.12 Fluid balance
  • 2.12.1 Fluid loss
  • 2.12.2 Fluid gain
  • 2.13 Key points about minerals
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements

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