The Power Of Micronutrients In Immunity Building
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You can help reduce the risk of hidden hunger by managing your child’s micronutrient intake. Micronutrients are essential vitamins and minerals that are needed for good health, growth and development. Although required in small quantities, they play an essential role in good nutrition for children. Micronutrients allow the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other important substances for healthy growth and development.1
Any inadequacy in the intake of micronutrients can impact a child’s development. In extreme circumstances, micronutrient deficiency can lead to stunted growth, impaired mental function, and hinder the progress of a strong immune system. It can also raise the risk of anaemia, often caused by a lack of iron2.
Diversify Your Child’s Diet
A simple way to manage micronutrient deficiencies is to encourage consumption of diverse foods that are sources of micronutrients, such as dairy products, meat, green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, which are rich in vitamins and minerals.
Two Cups of Horlicks Daily
You could also give your child two cups of Horlicks daily. Horlicks contains important micronutrients (vitamins B6, B12, C, D, calcium, copper, folic acid, iron, selenium, and zinc amongst others) and is clinically proven^ to help children grow Taller, Stronger+, Sharper++ when included as part of their regular daily diet.
Calculate your Child’s Nutrition Score
Use the Horlicks Nutrimeter diet assessment tool to find out if your child is getting the nutrition they need for their overall growth and development.
Micronutrients and Their Function3
- Calcium - Important for the formation and maintenance of strong bones and teeth, as well as the functioning of nerves and muscles. Involved in blood clotting.
- Vitamin A - Keeps the immune system healthy, and important for the normal structure and functioning of the skin and body linings (e.g. in lungs). Helps with vision in dim light.
- Folic acid and Folate - Needed for the formation of healthy red blood cells.
- Vitamin B12 - Helps to release energy from food. Keeps the nervous system healthy and important for making red blood cells, which transport oxygen around the body.
- Iron - Required for making red blood cells. Needed for normal metabolism and the functioning of enzymes that remove unwanted substances from the body.
- Vitamin C - Helps the body absorb iron from non-meat sources such as vegetables and acts as an antioxidant. Important for the normal structure and functioning of body tissues.
- Zinc - Helps to release energy from food, and needed for cell division, growth and tissue repair. Necessary for maintenance of immune system and healing of wounds.
- Iodine - Needed to make thyroid hormones, which control many metabolic processes and keep our bodies healthy.