Module 4 -The basics of Micronutrition

Welcome to Module 4 of your Nutritional Therapist certification. In this module, you'll learn:

  • What's a dietary supplement and what is not?
  • How are dietary supplements regulated?
  • How can you assess your client´s diet for possible nutrient deficiencies?
  • What are the "Golden Rules" for a healthy diet?
  • What are anti-nutrients and how can I assess my client´s anti-nutrient overload?
  • What would my role be as a Dietary Supplements Advisor?
In this module, we're going to explore the importance of your role as a Dietary Supplements Advisor. We´ll start of by investigating what is a dietary supplement, what is not, and how they are regulated.

Then we´ll uncover the importance of good nutrition, and how to assess your client´s diet for possible nutrient deficiencies. We´ll be doing this with our Client Diet Assessment in order to evaluate if your client is a health-conscious individual or needs to make some changes to their diet in order to improve their health. You´ll be given the Golden Rules for a Healthy Diet in order to provide your client with a starting point for having a healthy diet, before you create their personalised dietary supplements plan.

We´ll also examine your client´s anti-nutrient overload. Anti-nutrients stop nutrients from being absorbed and used, and so it´s important to understand if they have an excess of these anti-nutrients.

By the end of this module, you'll have the fundamental knowledge to understand the role of a Dietary Supplements Advisor and the first practical materials to use with clients.

You will find that Module 1 contains new practical concepts, making it fun to learn. Take your time to go through it, and use a dictionary where you are not familiar with a term. Continue to read the content in this module as often as you want, until you are happy with it and you fully understand it. Once you're ready, take your module test to unlock your next module!


Welcome to Module 4 of your Nutritional Therapist Professional Diploma Level 5


In this module, you'll learn:

What are the benefits of all key vitamins?

How can you identify the signs and symptoms associated with a particular vitamin deficiency?

What is the Recommended Daily Amount (RDAS) and Adequate intake (AI)?

What are the steps to assess your client's needs for each vitamin?

In this module, we will begin to build your client's nutrition program.

To do this, you will begin by examining your client's needs for more than 13 vitamins, and you will be tested for vitamin deficiencies.

Then we will walk you through the analysis of these questionnaires step by step to create an individual nutrition plan. But this does not end there!

Practice using the questionnaires in this practical module by following our step-by-step instructions.

Continue to study the contents of this module as often as you like until you are satisfied with it.

When you're ready, take the module end test to unlock the next module!

Module 4.1 VITAMINS
In this module, you'll learn:

Benefits and common uses of each key vitamins
Complete analysis, by vitamins:
Health benefits and deficiency symptoms
Recommended Daily Amounts (RDAS)
The Adequate Intake (AI)

Toxicity levels and adverse effects

Top foods and top supplements


Biotin

Folate
Niacin
Pantothenic Acid
Riboflavin
Thiamin
Vitamin A
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K


Module 4.2 Vitamins Deficiecy Screening
Additional Resources (open in a new window):
Biochemistry, Vitamin, Fat Soluble StatPearls Publishing.



Biochemistry, Water Soluble Vitamins StatPearls Publishing.



Interaction of herbal products with prescribed medications: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pharmacol Res.


The Role of Nutrients in Reducing the Risk for Noncommunicable Diseases during Aging. PubMed


Considerations for Secondary Prevention of Nutritional Deficiencies in High-Risk Groups in High-Income Countries Nutrients


Vitamin K Fact Sheet for Health Professionals National Institutes of Healt


Vitamin K MedlinePlus®


PubMed abstract Booth SL. Vitamin K: food composition and dietary intakes. Food Nutr Res 2012;56.


PubMed abstract Conly JM, Stein K, Worobetz L, Rutledge-Harding S. The contribution of vitamin K2 (menaquinones) produced by the intestinal microflora to human nutritional requirements for vitamin K. Am J Gastroenterol 1994;89:915-23.


(PubMed) Vissers LE, Dalmeijer GW, Boer JM, Monique Verschuren WM, van der Schouw YT, Beulens JW. Intake of dietary phylloquinone and menaquinones and risk of stroke. J Am Heart Assoc. 2013;2(6):e000455.


(PubMed) Rees K, Guraewal S, Wong YL, et al. Is vitamin K consumption associated with cardio-metabolic disorders? A systematic review. Maturitas. 2010;67(2):121-128.


Do this next:

Print your module materials (if you are able to).
Revise your study materials, grab a pen and make notes.
Once you feel ready, move on to the Test Your Knowledge unit by completing the short progress quiz below.

Now that you've completed your learning, this is your opportunity to test your knowledge!
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When you're ready, take a module test!

You'll need to score 70% to pass this stage.

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Dietary intake of Biotin per day in healthy adults is estimated ?
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What dosage of folic acid is prescribed by your doctor?
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A vitamin called Niacin?
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The current daily value (%DV) for Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is ?
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What percentage of Riboflavin in the form of FAD or FMN from food is bioavailable?
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Vitamin B6 is ?
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Upper limit of Vitamin C intake for an adult?
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Vitamin E in the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
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Vitamin D is found in supplements (and fortified foods) in two different forms: D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). Both increase vitamin D in the blood.
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