Vitamins and minerals are also known as micronutrients. Compared to the macronutrients like protein, carbohydrates and fat, micronutrients are only required in very small amounts. Nonetheless, micronutrients play a central role for a number of essential functions. Minerals, such as copper and magnesium for instance, contribute to maintaining normal metabolism and tissue function.
There are four categories of micronutrients including water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, microminerals, and trace minerals which are beneficial to our body in a different way. Water-soluble vitamins include the likes of B vitamins and vitamin C, help to prevent cell damage from metabolic stress and produce energy. Fat-soluble vitamins including vitamins A,D,E and K protect vision, support blood clotting and provide antioxidants to fight inflammation. Meanwhile microminerals are those common minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium which are necessary for maintaining muscle, bone strength and controlling blood pressure. Trace minerals like iron manganese, copper, zinc, and selenium help in support nervous system function and defending cell against damage from stress.
It’s important to remember that, with very few exceptions among the vitamins, our bodies cannot produce micronutrients, so it is vital that we consume them on a daily basis. Herbalife Nutrition product range offers supplements that are rich sources of vitamins and minerals for your daily needs. Learn more about our solutions and maintain your micronutrient profile with Herbalife Nutrition.