What is a Micronutrient?

micronutrientThe Linus Pauling Institute likes to use the word micronutrient. This is not only because many world-renown authorities on micronutrients work at the LPI, but also because we maintain a database of scientifically accurate information regarding the roles of micronutrients in human health and disease, the Micronutrient Information Center (MIC).

Exactly what is a ‘micronutrient,’ anyway?

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Keep Taking Your Vitamins


An article by Paul Offit titled “The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements” has been part of the media blitz surrounding so-called negative claims of vitamin and mineral supplements.

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University has a different point of view – one that is based on the totality of the evidence, rather than selective claims.

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Multivitamins are not miracles… but they are important.


Are you worried about headlines saying you stop taking your multivitamin? Are they “useless” and potentially harmful?

Worry not. As we all know, headlines can be misleading. In this case, they ignore the totality of the evidence from decades of nutrition research.

At the Linus Pauling Institute, we still believe in the necessity of multivitamin supplements.

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