What Is a Micronutrient?
A micronutrient is a nutrient the body needs in only very small quantities. Common examples of micronutrients are vitamins and minerals. The daily recommended intake for an essential vitamin or mineral is so small that it’s often measured in milligrams or micrograms. Compare this to macronutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, and fat, which are measured in grams.
What Is a Micronutrient Premix?
A micronutrient premix is a blend of micronutrients that have been mixed to the correct proportion for use in a product. Often the proportion is based on achieving specific % Daily Values on a nutrition or supplement panel. A micronutrient premix might contain just a few micronutrients or as many as twenty and can also include ingredients such as botanicals and bioactives.
Where Are Micronutrient Premixes Used?
Micronutrient premixes are commonly used in supplements, as well as in infant formula, clinical nutrition, and sports nutrition products. The range of micronutrients and proportions that premixes can provide allows them to target the needs of very different consumer segments such as children, seniors, and athletes.