“MICRONUTRITION”: A PERSONALISED APPROACH TO NUTRITION FOR REAL HEALTH BENEFITS
Improving the state of nourishment of the population constitutes, in the early part of the 21st century, a major challenge for public health policies in France, Europe and throughout the world. Satisfying and balanced nutrition is essential to protect your health.
“MICRONUTRITION”: STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN DIET, HEALTH AND PREVENTION
“Micronutrition” is an approach which consists of satisfying the body’s needs for micronutrients by combining a balanced diet with supplements appropriate to the needs of each individual. It plays a key role in the body’s capacity to function correctly.
All foods contain differing energy-giving and non-energy-giving, nutritional and non-nutritional components. It is vital for each individual to know their own behaviour relating to nutrition, so as to be best able to adjust and balance it.
MICROnutrients: MEGAimportant compounds
In our food there are two types of nutrients:
- Macronutrients, which supply the energy the body needs (lipids, carbohydrates and proteins).
- Micronutrients, which do not supply energy but play a fundamental role in metabolic functioning as a whole. These are vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential fatty acids, etc.
To stay in good health, all these micronutrients must be both of sufficient quality and quantity. Micronutrients are called ESSENTIAL because they cannot be manufactured by the body; this is why they need to be ingested by means of eating a balanced diet. In addition they are VITAL to the body’s wellbeing as they play a part in tissue replacement, the fight against ageing, energy expenditure, immune defences, etc.
Micronutrients are nowadays recognised as necessary for a balanced diet. Their amount is measured as the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) that certain lifestyles and dietary habits do not always provide in sufficient quantity.