3 semester hour credits
Micronutrients provides an in-depth exploration of the micronutrients, including water- and fat-soluble vitamins, macrominerals, and trace minerals. This course covers the physiological functions of each micronutrient and the symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and toxicities. The curriculum includes a practical assessment of micronutrient intake via analysis of a 3-day food diary with adjustments to dietary intake to bring micronutrient levels up to the Daily Recommended Intake (DRI). Additional topics include methods of identifying low nutrient status, use of dietary supplements, and choosing quality nutraceuticals.