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Micronutrients and minerals 

Micronutrients and minerals
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Micronutrients and minerals
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John Puntis

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198759928.003.0010
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date: 25 May 2020

The term ‘micronutrients’ includes two main classes of nutrient substances required in the diet in very small amounts: the essential organic micronutrients (vitamins) and the essential inorganic micronutrients (trace elements). The clinical effects of individual vitamin and trace element deficiencies are described, with emphasis on vitamin D. Children with restricted diets, malabsorption and maldigestion are particularly at risk.

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