Archive for April 12, 2011

Micronutrients for life

Research indicates that the 5 of the 10 most important interventions to improve development are related to nutrition and particularly micronutrient interventions for children. Vitamin-, zinc and iodine supplementation are among the interventions that were regarded as the most effective.

Infections, blindness, chronic diseases, impaired cognitive functions and death are some of the grave consequences caused by micronutrient deficiencies. Thus, focus on nutrition needs to be prioritised when aiming for better development.


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