Essay on Types Of Nutrients, Macronutrients And Micronutrients

1290 Words Aug 11th, 2014 6 Pages
QXT2- Task 6
“No man is an island no man stands alone”, no entity on Earth can survive without interacting with abiotic factors. Organisms strive daily for survival. Their survival is predicated on receiving enough energy and nutrients to carry out metabolism and maintain homeostasis. Survival of a species is determined by the fitness of an organism within its environment and how successful it is at passing its genes on to its progeny. When examining the interactions that must be carried out each day it is observed that living systems require some basic materials that are recycled again and again throughout the ecosystem.
Many of these materials are nutrients, the components ingested by an organism which are necessary for cell maintenance, growth, and internal balance. There are two major types of nutrients, macronutrients and micronutrients. Neither type is more important than the other; they are simply needed in different amounts. Macronutrients represent the necessary substances needed to provide energy for the metabolic system to function efficiently, and are often needed in large amounts. Micronutrients serve as cofactors that enable the chemical processes of the metabolism to be conducted and are needed in small quantities. The elements: nitrogen, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and sulfur are classified as macronutrients whereas, chlorine, iron, boron, manganese, zinc, copper, molybdenum, and nickel are micronutrients. Both micronutrients and…

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