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What Are Micronutrients?

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Micronutrients are a class of minerals that are vital for the healthy functioning of the human body.

Minerals are divided into two groups: the macronutrients and the micronutrients. Mactronutrients are required in fairly large amounts and are used as raw materials for the construction of body tissues. They are also metabolites for various cell processes and keep the correct chemical balance of ions in cells.

Micronutrients do much the same kind of job but they are required in only tiny amounts, even trace amounts. It is very unusual to be deficient in a micronutrient.

Macronutrients include calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium; micronutrients include fluorine, zinc, copper and cobalt. Fluorine is important in preventing tooth decay, zinc provides extra resistance to tooth decay, copper is present in many enzymes and is also important in melanin and haemoglobin formation and cobalt is a component of Vitamin B12 and is important in forming new red blood cells.

All macronutrients and micronutrients are present in common foods such as bread, cheese, eggs, meat, liver and fish.
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Micronutrients are nutrients needed for life in small quantities. They include chemical elements and chemical compounds such as minerals and vitamins.
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Are a class of minerals that are vital for the healthy functioning of the human body

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