Copper Benefits and Sources

Copper is an essential trace mineral necessary for survival. It plays a role in making red blood cells and maintaining nerve cells and the immune system. It also helps the body form collagen and absorb iron, and plays a role in energy production. Most copper in the body is found in the liver, brain, heart, kidneys, and…

A Guide to Nutrients

This list is a work in progress. It will summarize the most important functions of essential nutrients. Click on the links for more information and a list of good plant-based food sources for each nutrient.

Calcium Benefits and Sources

Your body needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones. Your heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly. Some studies suggest that calcium, along with vitamin D, may have benefits beyond bone health: perhaps protecting against cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Food is the best source of any nutrient, and some plant foods are rich in calcium.