The adolescence is an important stage in the life of a person, not only because it is during this period their personality is formed and mature both physically and emotionally, but because it is a vital step for their development and growth.
It is therefore essential that parents pay special attention to teenager diet, being important and not only follow a healthy lifestyle (that with the consumption of snuff and alcohol, so common in adolescents, tends to be very complicated) but to maintain a healthy diet as possible.
What are the most important vitamins?
Although clearly the contribution of all vitamins every day for the correct functioning of the body is obviously essential, during adolescence increase the needs of certain vitamins.
On the one hand, both folic acid and vitamin B6 and B12 are involved in tissue synthesis and metabolism of proteins. On the other hand, due to bone growth teenager suffering from puberty, increases the requirements of vitamin D.
We should not forget other important vitamins that are involved and participate in the proper cell functioning and growth: vitamin A, C and E.
What are the most important minerals?
Since one of the vitamins most prominent in adolescent bone growth is vitamin D, it is obviously also increases the need for calcium, because calcium needs vitamin D for proper absorption by our body. This mineral is especially important for girls, as poor calcium intake during adolescence can affect in the future develop osteoporosis.
Also highlight other minerals, such as iron (to increase blood volume by increasing body mass in boys and girls in the onset of menstruation), zinc (involved in sexual maturation and growth), magnesium, iodine, copper and phosphorus.