The Structure and Function

of Micronutrients in vivo.

Terri Grassby, Chemistry Department, University of Bristol


What are Micronutrients?

Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals that are required in microgram quantities by the human body for it to function correctly.  All the required micronutrients should be available from a balanced diet, which includes vegetables/fruit, cereals, dairy produce and meat/pulses. Micronutrients must be obtained from food sources as they can't be synthesised by the body, although some may be stored for long periods of time. The abundance of micronutrients can differ significantly from food to food.

The micronutrients featured on this site are:

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