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What are micronutrients?

These are the nutritive substances required in small amounts. These do not provide energy, but help in assimilation of other nutrients, and are required in many physiological reactions in the body.

Examples of micronutrients are: All the vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Vitamins C, D, E, and K), folate and minerals (Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Iodine, Fluorine, Zinc, Copper, Cobalt, Chromium, Selenium, Molybdenum etc.)

Though required only in minute quantities in the daily diet, the micronutrients are very important for human survival. Their deficiency can result in disease.

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June 14 2004