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Minerals are essential for helping the body absorb much-needed vitamins.

Below are a range of dishes you can prepare that are rich in various minerals with different benefits.

Zinc

Ingredients: 500g beef, 300g carrots, 20g Ä‘ng sâm (codonopsis pilosula or dang shen), 20g hoàng kỳ (radix astragali), three pieces of ginger, sugar and salt.

Rinse the beef and then slice. Blanch the sliced beef in hot water in a pot and remove. Wash, peel and cut the carrots into pieces. Place the beef, Ä‘ng sâm, hoàng kỳ and ginger in another pot, and cover with water. Cook with a high flame. When you see the beef is well done, add the carrots and continue to cook until the dish is ready. Season with sugar and salt. This dish is rich in zinc which helps to balance alkali levels in the body, helping to heal wounds.

Calcium

Ingredients: 300g young pork ribs, 200g carrots, 200g cucumber, 100g potato, garlic, soya sauce, sugar and salt.

Wash, peel and slice the carrots and potatoes into pieces, and put them in a pot of boiling water until they are nearly done. Remove and leave to drain. Peel and crush the garlic. Wash and slice the cucumber and place in a pot of boiling water for five minutes. Remove the cucumber and soak in cold water for two minutes. Remove and leave to drain. Wash the pork ribs and leave them to drain. Season them with soya sauce, sugar and salt. Pour two spoons of oil into another pot, wait until hot and fry the garlic until you can smell it. Then, add the ribs and fry until well-done. Pour water into the pot and add the carrots, potatoes, and cucumber. Mix well and set to simmer until most of the water has evaporated. Season with sugar and salt.

Iron

Ingredients: 300g white radish, 300g oyster meat, 70g parsley, 30g ginger, a bulb of violet, two spoons of bột năng (tapioca starch), sesame oil, sugar and salt.

Wash, peel and slice the white radish. Wash and finely chop the parsley. Peel and shred the ginger. Wash the oyster meat and leave it to drain. Put the oyster meat in a bowl, add the tapioca starch, and mix together. Blanch them in boiling water. Remove and dip in cold water. Pour water into another pot, add the white radish and bring to the boil. Add the oysters and parsley, and season with sesame oil, sugar and salt. The dish is rich in iron which prevents anemia and gives you a ruddy complexion.

Magnesium

Ingredients: 200g green pea pods, 150g corn seeds, 150g carrots, 100g soybean curd, two spring onions, sugar and salt.

Peel, wash and finely dice the carrots. Wash the corn seeds and green pea pods. Cut the soybean curd into tiny cubes. Wash and slice the spring onions into small pieces. Pour two spoons of oil into a pan and wait until hot. Add the spring onions and stir until you smell the scent. Add the soybean curd, green pea pods, corn seeds, carrots and one large spoon of water. Fry and season with sugar and salt. Green pea pods contain a lot of magnesium which will help with any digestion problems as well as maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and nervous system

Phosphorus

Ingredients: 300g pumpkin, 120g carrots, 50g corn seeds, one apple, 30g sunflower seeds, 30g câu k t(Chinese wolfberry), two spoons of tapioca starch water, sugar and salt.

Wash, peel and finely dice the carrots and apple. Wash the corn seeds, sunflower seeds and Chinese wolfberries. Wash, peel and slice the pumpkin. Steam the pumpkin before removing and grind. Place in another pot of boiling water. Add the carrots, apple, corn seeds and sunflower seeds and cook together. Add the Chinese wolfberries and season with sugar, salt and the tapioca starch water and stir. This dish, rich in phosphorus, is good for your bones and teeth.

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