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Micronutrients

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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STATISTICS

1 in 3

Nigerian children suffer from malnutrition

#2

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
  • Apathy
  • Bruises

Calcium

Phosphorous

Magnesium

Sodium

Chloride

Potassium

Sulfur

Iron

Magnesium

Copper

Zinc

Copper

Iodine

Flouride

Selenium

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 Benefits of Calcium

MINERAL

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

Canned sardines

Spinach

Milk, yogurt

Tofu

Cheese

Fortified juice

Whole wheat bread

Chia seeds

Benefits of Phosphorus

MINERAL

Phosphorus contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.

Phosphorus plays an essential role in the formation of bones and teeth.

Sources of Phosphorous

Seafood

Dairy

Nuts

Whole grains

Organ meats

Poultry

Pork

Sunflower seeds

 Benefits of Magnesium

MINERAL

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

Yogurt

Spinach

Tofu

Black beans

Edamame

Avocado

Quinoa

Chocolate

Sources of Sodium

Breads and rolls

Chicken

Cheese

Eggs and omlettes

Cold cuts and cured meats

Pizza

Sandwiches

Tacos and Burritos

Savoury snacks and soups

 Benefits of Chloride

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

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

Peas

Cantelope

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Cooked spinach

Raisins

Bananas

Cucumber

Sources of Sulfur

Legumes and Chickpeas

Fish

Poultry

Eggs

Walnuts

Cruciferous vegetables

Beef

Leafy green vegetables

Allium vegetables

Whole grains and oats

 Benefits of Iron

TRACE MINERAL

Iron is needed to form haemoglobin, part of red blood cells that carry oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the body.

Sources of Iron

Nuts

Tofu

Dried Fruit

Iron fortified bread and cereal

Broccoli

Legumes

Wholemeal pasta and bread

Spinach and silver beet

Oats

Sources of Manganese

Oysters, clams and mussels

Nuts

Whole grains

Legumes and soybeans

Leafy vegetables

Tea and coffee

Spices such as black pepper

Sources of Copper

Nuts and seeds

Lobster and oysters

Leafy green vegetables

Liver

Dark chocolate

Sources of Zinc

Shellfish

Whole grains

Eggs

Dairy

Vegetables

Nuts and seeds

Meat

Dark chocolate

Sources of Iodine

Fish, Shellfish

Table salt labelled "iodised"

Eggs

Dairy

Chicken

Beef liver

Fortified infant formula

 Benefits of Flouride

TRACE MINERAL

Fluoride helps control and protect against the damage caused by teeth demineralisation.

Sources of Flouride

Soda

Tap water

Nuts

Raisins

Fruit juice (grapes)

Shrimp and Blue crab

Fruit flavoured water with sweeteners

Wine

Leafy vegetables

Coffee and black tea

 Benefits of Selenium

TRACE MINERAL

Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that fights oxidative stress and helps defend your body from chronic conditions. 

Sources of Selenium

Spinach

Bananas

Eggs

Fish

Milk

Beef

Chicken

Brown rice

Sunflower seeds

Baked beans

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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