HLTH 655: Vitamins and Minerals

This course explores the role of vitamins and minerals in maintaining cellular health through biochemical and physiological mechanisms. Topics provide an in-depth view of specific vitamins and minerals as well as effective ways to translate this information toward efforts for prevention of chronic disease. Students will also learn through hands-on projects that include the creation of a video case study about the symptoms of vitamin deficiencies or toxicities.

In this course, students will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of micronutrient metabolism.
  • Expand upon previous knowledge to allow for well-informed micronutrient recommendations.
  • Learn the tools to interpret new micronutrient literature.
  • Understand digestion, absorption, and transport of each micronutrient, as well as the interplay between micronutrients.
  • Develop the ability to identify both deficiency and toxicity symptoms of each micronutrient, and determine how these may occur.

Course objectives:

  • Explain the mechanism of digestion and absorption for each micronutrient.
  • Assess the primary roles of each micronutrient and their respective metabolic pathway.
  • Recognize and describe deficiency and toxicity symptoms associated with each micronutrient.
  • Recommend dietary changes to sufficiently meet micronutrient requirements.
  • Critically evaluate research to inform micronutrient understanding.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to vitamins and minerals: Water-soluble vitamins
  • Water-soluble vitamins folate, B12, and B6
  • Fat-soluble vitamins A and D
  • Fat-soluble vitamins E and K
  • Major minerals
  • Water and electrolytes
  • Essential trace and ultra-trace minerals
  • Non-essential trace and ultra-trace minerals

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