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What are micronutrients and why do we need them?

Micronutrients, often referred to as vitamins and minerals, are vital to healthy body development, disease prevention, and wellbeing.

Vitamins A, D,E,K, C and B are necessary for energy production, immune function, blood clotting and other functions. Meanwhile, minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium etc. play an important role in growth, bone health, fluid balance and several other processes.

When we eat, we consume the vitamins and minerals that are naturally contained in plants and animals. Though people only need small amounts of micronutrients, consuming the recommended daily amounts is important because micronutrient deficiencies can have devastating consequences, like anemia, osteoporosis, and low immunity.

Keep in mind that the micronutrient content of each food is different, so it’s best to eat a variety of foods to get enough vitamins and minerals.


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