What Are Mi­cronu­tri­ents?

Consumer Voice - - Food Fortification -

Mi­cronu­tri­ents are vi­ta­mins and min­er­als re­quired in small amounts that are es­sen­tial to our health, devel­op­ment and growth. Proper in­take of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween a healthy, pro­duc­tive life, and a life fraught with ill­ness. Mi­cronu­tri­ent de­fi­cien­cies are the lead­ing cause of men­tal re­tar­da­tion, pre­ventable blind­ness, and death dur­ing child­birth. A lack of these im­por­tant vi­ta­mins and min­er­als also has a pro­found im­pact on the body’s im­mune sys­tem. Be­yond the enor­mous health im­pli­ca­tions, mi­cronu­tri­ent mal­nu­tri­tion has a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic im­pact.

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