As we have seen in the « Macronutrients article », Carbohydrates, fats and proteins cannot work alone. Once the sources are ingested, macronutrients need help to begin their metabolization and that is when the Micronutrients come into play.
Moreover, during pregnancy and lactation, nutritional requirement increase to support fetal and infant growth as well as maternal metabolism and tissue development specific to reproduction. Therefore, in order to provide the nutritional requirements and avoid fetal growth retardation and congenital anomalies, a proper vitamins and minerals intake is essential. Continue reading