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Human Nutrition - Introduction to Micronutrients - Revised

Learn the role and functions of vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium with this online human nutrition course.

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This free online Human Nutrition course will give you an introduction to micronutrients. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium are micronutrients and antioxidants that help prevent and delay various types of cell damage. Foods containing these biochemicals are beneficial for our health. With this course, you will learn about their absorption, metabolism, and excretion as well as the effects of their deficiency and toxicity on human health.





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This course will first discuss vitamins and minerals. You will learn about fat-soluble, water-soluble vitamins, and the different categories of minerals. You will also learn about the two schools of thought on how to cover vitamins and minerals in nutrition classes. Next, you will learn about antioxidant minerals and vitamins. You will look into free radicals, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and oxidative stress. You will study the components of antioxidant enzymes and the antioxidant network. You will also learn how too much intake of antioxidants can cause harm.

You will then look into the different forms of vitamin E, vitamin C, and selenium. You will study their absorption, metabolism, and excretion in the human body. The course will cover their food sources, the diseases resulting from deficiency, and their toxicity. You will also learn about enzymatic functions of vitamin C as well as look into Linus Pauling's work relating to vitamin C. Finally, you will learn about the dietary reference intake decisions and international units.

Micronutrients are substances required in trace amounts and are one of the major groups of nutrients your body need. They include vitamins which are necessary for energy production, immune function, and blood clotting as well as minerals that play an important role in growth, bone health, and fluid balance. This Human Nutrition - Introduction to Micronutrients course will help you gain an in-depth understanding of their function and role in human health. Check out the course today, and gain some new knowledge in just a few short hours.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  • List and describe various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium
  • Describe the absorption, metabolism and excretion processes for vitamins and minerals
  • Outline the structure and functions of antioxidants
  • Describe how antioxidants they can prevent cell damage


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