Nutrient Reference Values

Introducing some exciting, highly credible links for those who want to know a whole lot more about their nutritional needs. Great for students and anyone researching nutrition, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. 

The National Health & Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) published the revised Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for Australians in 2006. The NRVs outline how much of a particular nutrient your body needs, what the upper limit is (safety zone), and why you need the nutrients (based on solid scientific evidence).

Until now, the information was compiled in a massive volume which was fairly unfriendly unless you were very keen.

Now with their new site, however, you can plug in your age (adult or child) and gender to generate your own nutrient needs profile with their calculator. You can also work out your energy needs in megajoules (MJ). To convert their figures to kilojoules (kJ), simply multiply by 1000. To convert to calories (cals), divide the kJ figure by 4.18 (use 4.2 for ease).

To read more detail about what various vitamins and minerals do for your health, visit the nutrients section. A lot heavier going, but still a wealth of scientifically correct information. This is Australian information.