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Bioavailability of micronutrients: stable isotope techniques to develop effective food-based strategies to combat micronutrient deficiencies.
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PMID:  21717915     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies, in particular those of iron, vitamin A, iodine, and zinc, is unacceptably high, especially among infants, children, and women of childbearing age in developing countries. Effective food-based strategies to combat these public health problems are therefore urgently needed.
OBJECTIVE: As only a fraction of dietary iron, zinc, and provitamin A carotenoids is absorbed and utilized, i.e., bioavailable, access to information on micronutrient bioavailability is crucial in the development of food fortification strategies and interventions based on dietary diversification.
METHODS: Review of literature.
RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: This overview highlights the usefulness of stable isotope techniques to assess the bioavailability of nonheme iron and provitamin A carotenoids and the importance of generating data on micronutrient bioavailability to move the agenda forward.
Lena Davidsson; Marjorie Haskell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food and nutrition bulletin     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0379-5721     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Nutr Bull     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-07-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7906418     Medline TA:  Food Nutr Bull     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S24-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
I Nutritional and Environmental Health-Related Studies Section, Division of Human Health, International Atomic Energy Agency, PO Box 100, A- 1400 Vienna, Austria.
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