THE GOLDEN RATION: A STUDY OF THE EFFECTIVENESS AND GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACT OF GOLDEN RICE

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Micronutrients are crucial for all life, as they help maintain normal bodily structure and functions. The human body, however, has lost the ability to synthesize sufficient quantities of certain micronutrients, called vitamins, on its own and must therefore obtain nutrients from diet .

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THE GOLDEN RATION: A STUDY OF THE EFFECTIVENESS AND GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACT OF GOLDEN RICEChristopher John Jericho A. BalicantaMicronutrients are crucial for all life, as they help maintain normal bodily structure and functions. The human body, however, has lost the ability to synthesize sufficient quantities of certain micronutrients, called vitamins, on its own and must therefore obtain nutrients from diet (Fitzpatrick et al., 2012). One important micronutrient is Vitamin A an essential substance for promoting the maintenance and proper functioning of various body systems, such as vision, immunity, tissue structure, red blood cell production, and reproduction (Evert, 2013). Vitamin A is a collective name for fat-soluble substances that exist in two major forms: retinal, the active form of Vitamin A, and carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, which are found in plants and converted into vitamin A inside the body (World Health Organization, 2009). Insufficient intake of these vital substances may result to adverse and potentially fatal health conditions. Vitamin A Deficiency, or VAD, is a condition in which a person receives chronically substandard amounts of vitamin A. Individuals who are undernourished with vitamin A may develop certain complications, such as dry eyes (xerophthalmia), inhibited growth, and anemia. Vitamin A deficiency is also the leading cause for blindness in children, and increases the risk of mortality due to severe infections. About

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