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Personalized micronutrient intake

Until now, recommendations for adequate nutrition could only be generalized, or at best specialized for target groups like children, sportsmen and -women or the elderly. In contrast, personalized nutrition aims to define dietary recommendations and possibly appropriate products for each individual based on their genetic and physiological characteristics. These recommendations would be designed to maintain health and avert the disease risks to which that individual might be predisposed. Micronutrients are involved in specific biochemical processes at all points in the metabolic process and play an important role in regulating health and in the onset of diseases. New analytical techniques make it possible to examine and describe the influence of micronutrients in health-preserving processes. This is usually done by analyzing a combination of biomarkers so as to provide the individual with a tailored micronutrient intake recommendation.

 

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Expert Opinion

Is vitamin D deficiency linked to depression?

Vitamin D deficiency is already known to be harmful to physical health, but it may also impact mental health, according to a team of researchers who have found a link between seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and a lack of sunlight. A review of scientific publications indicates that vitamin D is likely to be a contributing factor in seasonal depression.

 

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Increased potassium intake may strengthen bones
January 26, 2015 - 

A new review concludes that a supplementation of alkaline potassium salts may help preserve bone health by lowering the excretion of calcium and acid.

Obese adults may have lower micronutrient intakes
January 23, 2015 - 

According to a new US study there are lower micronutrient intakes and a higher prevalence of insufficient micronutrient supply among obese adults compared to normal weight adults.

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