Minerals and vitamins
Minerals are essential, and a certain quantity of minerals must be included in daily nutrition. Both over and undersupply of these elements can damage the organism.
Heavy metals are among the other elements that may be present in food. You will find additional information in the tab ‘Contaminants and residues’.
Highly sensitive ICP/MS measurement is used to analyse minerals and heavy metals alike.
In the following, you will find some summarised information on important minerals present in foods and their importance. Minerals are divided into bulk elements and trace elements.
Vitamins are organic compounds that are essential to the human body and that the organism needs for its vital functions. Vitamins must be included in daily nutrient intake.
Vitamins are classified either as fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. A, E, D and K) or water-soluble vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin C, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin), although they do not possess uniform chemical structures.