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Macro Versus Micro Nutrients

macro versus micro nutrients

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  • You need at least a small amount of micronutrients and quite a bit of the macro kind, and both are needed not only for optimal nutrition, but for survival
  • Proteins, the “building blocks of life,” carbohydrates, which provide energy, and (good) fats to protect your organs, absorb vitamins from other foods and improve both brain and overall function, fall into the macro category
  • Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, trace elements, phytochemicals and antioxidants that, although aren’t needed in large amounts compared to macronutrients, are essential for health
  • Dietary phytochemicals, which are primarily micronutrients, are protective against cancer, inflammation, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cardiovascular diseases, and benefit your nervous system; a nutrient tracker can help you optimize your macro and micro nutrient ratios

By Dr. Mercola

Anyone interested in eating healthy foods for optimal nutrition may have read up on the subject, but still find certain terms to be a little ambiguous. The differences between macro and micro nutrients is a perfect example. You need at least a small amount of micronutrients and quite a bit of the macro kind. Both are needed for the aforementioned optimal nutrition, but they're also necessary for survival.

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