Micronutrients are important for maintaining good health. Without them, you’re at risk of developing serious health complications. Get tested. Take control over your nutrient intake!
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1 in 3
Nigerian children suffer from malnutrition
Nigeria has the second-highest burden of stunted children in the world
1 in 3
Nigerian children under five years old suffer from impaired growth and development
Micronutrients are nutrients that are required by the body in very small amounts for its growth and development.
Nutrients are required by the body for proper functioning. They maintain our brain, skin, bones, muscles, nerves, etc. Some nutrients are required in higher amounts and are known as macronutrients, while a few are required in smaller amounts and are known as micronutrients.
Micronutrients are nutrients that are required by the body in very small amounts for its growth and development. They play a major role in the metabolic activities of the body. Micronutrients perform a range of functions, including enabling the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances needed for normal growth and development.
- Severe hair loss
- Bone pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Deteriorating vision
- Unexplained fatigue
- Burning mouth syndrome
- Dry skin
- Spoon nails
- Cracks at the corners of your mouth
- Swollen tongue
Benefits of Calcium
Calcium plays a pivotal role in the regulation of energy metabolism.
Calcium plays a vital role in maintaining muscle.
Calcium contributes to normal neurotransmission.
Sources of Calcium
Whole wheat bread
Benefits of Phosphorus
Phosphorus contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.
Phosphorus plays an essential role in the formation of bones and teeth.
Sources of Phosphorous
Benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium plays an essential role in protein synthesis.
Magnesium contributes to normal muscle function.
Magnesium plays an essential role in nerve transmission and neuromuscular conduction.
Sources of Magnesium
Almonds, cashews and peanuts
Sources of Sodium
Breads and rolls
Eggs and omlettes
Cold cuts and cured meats
Tacos and Burritos
Savoury snacks and soups
Benefits of Chloride
Chloride contributes to normal digestion by the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Sources of Chloride
Table salt or sea salt as sodium chloride
Benefits of Potassium
Potassium helps your nerves fire properly when stimulated.
Potassium contributes to normal muscle function.
Potassium helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls, which helps further lower blood pressure.
Sources of Potassium
Oranges, grapefruits and apricots
Potatoes and sweet potatoes
Sources of Sulfur
Legumes and Chickpeas
Leafy green vegetables
Whole grains and oats
Benefits of Iron
Iron is needed to form haemoglobin, part of red blood cells that carry oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the body.
Sources of Iron
Iron fortified bread and cereal
Wholemeal pasta and bread
Spinach and silver beet
Sources of Manganese
Oysters, clams and mussels
Legumes and soybeans
Tea and coffee
Spices such as black pepper
Sources of Copper
Nuts and seeds
Lobster and oysters
Leafy green vegetables
Sources of Zinc
Nuts and seeds
Sources of Iodine
Table salt labelled "iodised"
Fortified infant formula
Benefits of Flouride
Fluoride helps control and protect against the damage caused by teeth demineralisation.
Sources of Flouride
Fruit juice (grapes)
Shrimp and Blue crab
Fruit flavoured water with sweeteners
Coffee and black tea
Benefits of Selenium
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that fights oxidative stress and helps defend your body from chronic conditions.
Sources of Selenium
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are still unsure about this test, here are some questions that we usually get asked.
Still need answers?
Are essential nutrients made by the body?
Essential nutrients are ones that cannot be made by the body and, therefore, must be supplied from foods. These nutrients are essential for normal body function and for growth.
What are the classes of micronutrients?
There are two main types of micronutrients: vitamins and minerals. While they are not a source of energy, it is necessary that you get enough micronutrients to function properly and maintain overall health.
What causes micronutrient deficiencies?
Poverty, lack of access to a variety of foods, lack of knowledge of optimal dietary practices and high incidence of infectious diseases are some of the factors which lead to micronutrient malnutrition.
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