Key Shortfall Nutrients
Consuming a healthy, balanced diet with the right amounts of all the essential nutrients is fundamentally important to keeping the body running smoothly. However, a large number of consumers—in underdeveloped and developed countries—are falling short on certain nutrients. While the pandemic is driving many consumers to take steps to improve their health, it’s important that food and supplement manufacturers offer products with the nutrients they need most.
Here’s a look at some of the essential nutrients that many consumers are low on and the critical roles they play in the body:
The most abundant mineral found in the body, calcium is known for a variety of functions, such as:
- Development and maintenance of bones
- Muscle contraction
- Blood pressure regulation
- Nerve signaling
- Blood clotting
- Secretion of hormones
Since calcium stored in the bones is released into the bloodstream as needed, inadequate calcium intake poses the risk of depleting the bones’ reserves, leading to soft or brittle bones and fractures. While calcium fortification typically relies on calcium carbonate or tricalcium phosphate, innovative ingredients like TruCal® offer a balanced complex of seven key minerals at similar levels found in bone.