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What's the difference between a milligram and a microgram?

Sunday March 31, 2013

What's the difference between a milligram and a microgram?

Mg, Mcg, ug, IU the measuring of vitamins and minerals can be confusing. Here we help you through the vitamin measurement maze.

A gram is a metric measurement of weight. An old imperial measure of weight is the ounce and one ounce = 28.4 grams.

One milligram is one thousandth of a gram and one thousand micrograms. A milligram is generally abbreviated as mg.

One microgram is one millionth of a gram and one thousandth of a milligram. It is usually abbreviated as mcg or ug. Mcg and ug are the same.

The IU is an International Unit, usually used to measure fat soluble vitamins including Vitamin A, D and E.
The conversion of IU to mg varies depending on the nutrient.


Please remember that 'more' isn't necessarily better in nutrition. Many nutrients are only required in microgram amounts and taking larger amounts could be unnecessary or even detrimental to health.


We hope this will help you when comparing different supplements in your local health food store, where you will find experienced staff able to give you further guidance.



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