MICRONUTRIENTS FUNCTIONS, TYPES, BENEFITS AND MORE
On top of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) we also consume a range of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) in our diet.
Just as ‘macro’ was given to the term to suggest the majority, ‘micro’ is given to this set of nutrients to suggest a much lower quantity in the diet.
To show this, typically the macronutrients are measured in grams, where the micros are typically measured in milligrams However, it’s important to note that this is only related to quantity, asor micrograms (even smaller!). the micronutrients are also vital in terms of optimal body composition, health and performance.
Most vitamins and minerals are classified as essential, as the body cannot synthesize them on its own, so they must be obtained from the diet.
Despite their name they are vital for life.