Essential nutrients for every day

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Nutrients are substances in food that keep your body running — supplying energy, building strong muscles, and keeping your organs working normally.


Give your body the basic nutrition it needs with 6 essential nutrients.

Healthy nonessential nutrients

In addition to the essential nutrients, look to plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for important nonessential nutrients that are key for good health.

  • Fiber helps keep the digestive tract healthy, helps you feel full, prevents constipation, and can help lower your cholesterol levels.
  • Phytochemicals protect against disease.
  • Antioxidants protect the body's cells from damage.

Explore simple ways to get your essential nutrients by following recommended dietary guidelines.

Reviewed by Kaiser Permanente in 2018

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