Hlt 330 Micronutrient Essay

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Vitamins are organic compounds needed in the diet in small amounts to promote and regulate the chemical reactions and processes needed for growth. For vitamin A, my DRI was 700 Amg. My intake was 265 Amg, which is an intake of 37%. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to eye disorders known as xerophthalmia, such as night blindness. The goal is to meet my DRI 100% so if I ate more animal products such as eggs and dietary products (cheese) I would increase my intake of vitamin A. For thiamin, my DRI was 1.1 mg. My intake was .07 mg, which is an intake of 66.0%. When inadequate amounts of thiamin are consumed, the deficiency affects the nervous and cardiovascular system. It can cause symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat and enlargement of the heart. I could increase my consumption of thiamin by eating products such as chicken or whole-wheat bread. Also, pork is known for having abundant amounts of thiamin. For riboflavin, my DRI was 1.1 mg. My intake was 1.0 mg, which is an intake of 89%. Even though I am close to 100%, a deficiency of riboflavin can cause injuries to heal poorly because new cells cannot grow to replace the damaged ones. I could drink more milk because it is the best source of riboflavin in the diet. For Niacin, my DRI was 14 mg. My intake was 12 mg, which is an intake of 85%. Even though I am close to 100%, a deficiency of niacin can lead to the disease pellagra that has symptoms such as dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia. In order to improve my intake, I could consume more chicken. For B6 (Pyridoxine), my DRI was 1.3 mg. My intake was 0.8 mg, which is an intake of 60%. A deficiency of B6 vitamins leads to poor growth, skin lesions, decreased immune function, anemia, and neurological symptoms. In order to improve my intake of B6, I could consume more fortified breakfast cereals and also more meat. For B12 (Cabalamin), my DRI was

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