This course reviews the relevant concepts of the biochemistry of micronutrients. This review includes the structure, biochemistry, biological function, digestion, absorption, transport, storage, and metabolism of vitamins, minerals, and water with an emphasis on their role in maintaining biochemical and physiological integrity in body systems. Graduates of this course will demonstrate a strong theoretical understanding of the mechanisms of water regulation, micronutrient and acid/base balance, and the biochemistry of disorders arising from related imbalances. Graduates will also be able to critically examine the micronutrient needs for healthy individuals and identify recommended intakes, deficiency symptoms, food sources, and toxicity for the vitamins and minerals studied.
The vitamins studied in this course include: Niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, folate, choline, B12, B6, biotin, pantothenic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin D. The minerals studied in this course include: Calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium, fluoride, molybdenum, and trace elements.
Describe the nomenclature, structure, and biochemistry of vitamins and minerals
Explain the biological function of vitamins, minerals, and water
Discuss the digestion, absorption, transport, storage, and metabolism of vitamins and minerals
Identify and describe mechanics of the enzymes involved in the anabolism and catabolism of vitamins
Explain the role of vitamins and minerals in the major biological processes, such as citric acid cycle, transcription, and ATP synthesis
Identify the recommended intakes, deficiency symptoms, food sources, and toxicity for vitamins and minerals
Explain the role of vitamins and minerals in maintaining metabolic processes in body systems
Discuss the biochemistry of disorders arising from vitamin and mineral imbalances
Describe the effects of water regulation and acid/base balance on the metabolic processes
Discuss the biochemistry of disorders arising from water and acid/base imbalance
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Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.