Dietary micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are essential for health at every stage in life. But despite 100 years of research, important knowledge gaps remain on how to measure micronutrients in blood or other biological material such as urine for example in an accurate, holistic and cost-efficient way.
Yet if we could, it would not only open new research avenues to unravel the molecular mechanisms underpinning how micronutrients affect our health, but also offer a novel approach to analysing individuals' nutritional status.
A team of international experts, led by the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences set out to discuss current methodologies for assessing micronutrient status in humans. The team identified methodological gaps, key development needs and reached scientific consensus on what will shape the nutritional status of the 21st century.
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