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Nutritional standards needed for ready meals to avoid micronutrient deficiencies

How to avoid micronutrient deficiencies that contribute to age-related disorders

Micronutrient deficiencies contribute to many age-related disorders, although initial effects may be mild and easily missed. For example, deficiencies in B vitamins may result in mild cognitive decline, thiamine deficiency can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes and lack of vitamin D changes immune function.

The importance of phytochemicals (chemical compounds created by plants) is increasingly recognised. Lutein may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, while some polyphenols reduce glucose uptake and so reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and certain flavonoids improve vascular function. There is increasing recognition of the benefit of interaction between vitamins and phytochemicals.


Cooking from raw ingredients is the best way to achieve a balanced diet, but many older people are unable to do this and rely on ready meals, either purchased from supermarkets


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