18.Trace elements - vegetarian lifestyle recipe book

These are the elements that are essential for the body to work, but needed only in very small amounts.

  • Chromium is needed for insulin production.
    • Good sources are brewers yeast, whole grain cereals, nuts and black treacle.
  • Copper is used in the manufacture of red blood cells and many enzymes.
    • Good sources are whole grain cereals and green vegetables.
  • Iodine is needed to make thyroid hormones and for the development of the nervous system.
    • Good sources are milk, whole grain cereals, but vegans may be prone to low iodine levels.
  • Selenium is important for some enzymes.
    • Good sources are whole grain cereals.
  • Manganese is needed for many enzymes to operate.
    • Cereals and nuts are good sources