Don’t forget the Vitamins & Minerals!
Believe it or not, even the healthiest among us are probably not getting all of their key vitamins and minerals in their daily diets, and that’s why I believe that supplementation is so incredibly important. Not only are vitamins and minerals key for the optimum functioning of our body, but they play a major role in our overall well-being.
Modern diets often contain high fat “fast foods” and overly processed foods, which unfortunately have little to no nutritional value. Additionally, our soil where our fruits and vegetables are grown is nearly depleted of vital nutrients and loaded with toxins and pesticides. We keep getting less and less nutrition from the foods we eat, and most of us don’t get enough vitamins and minerals through our daily diets.
Research has shown that over the past 40 years, meats and produce have reduced levels of vitamins and minerals. Published reports document this significant downturn in our popular food sources due primarily to the nutrient depletion in our soils.
A primary example is broccoli. Calcium content in the 1960s was double that of broccoli measured today. The same is true for spinach (10% less in magnesium) and beets (10% less in potassium) over the same time period. Furthermore, over the same timeframe, other vegetables and produce have lost approximately half of their calcium content, 25% of their iron, and 75% of their copper content as well. Fruits have also been significantly affected with a loss of 27% in copper, iron and zinc.
That’s why it’s time to take charge of your health and ensure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals you need to feel your best. Here’s a quick look at various vitamins and minerals and the role they play in regards to your health:
is a carotenoid antioxidant that is critical for healthy eyes, skin and liver (Aloe Vera gels are very rich in vitamin A). It is also essential for the growth and health of your skeletal system.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
helps your body convert starches and sugar into energy. It supports a healthy heart, promotes digestion and helps prevent fatigue.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
helps your body release energy to its cells, and helps your body utilize protein, fats and sugars.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
helps maintain healthy nerves and skin. It also helps your body maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
keeps connective tissues healthy and strong and supports healthy hair, skin and nails.
supports nervous system health, aids metabolism of proteins carbohydrates and fats, controls cholesterol level, aids chemical balance between blood and tissue, prevents water retention, and builds hemoglobin.
is essential for adrenal health and helps your body convert your food to energy. Many times, lack of energy can be treated simply by adding more vitamin B12 to your diet.
Folate (Folic Acid)
May help reduce the occurrence of neuro tube defects so it’s important for expecting mothers and those looking to conceive a child. Folic acid helps form red blood cells and improves circulation. It also assists your body with the digestion of protein.
is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals, provides immune support, prevents scurvy, and helps support heathy skin. Vitamin C is absolutely essential for collagen production.
the “sunshine vitamin” promotes bone and tooth development as well as normal growth. This vitamin helps your body with the utilization of phosphorus and calcium. Vitamin D is also essential for heart health.
is another powerful antioxidant (just like vitamins A and C) that helps fight free radical damage and assists your body with the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin E is important for skin health and helps your body utilize vitamin K.
is absolutely essential for your blood to coagulate (clot) and stick together. Daily amount of vitamin K can be found in 100g of broccoli.
has been found to play an important role in mental acuity and brain function.
helps build strong teeth and bones. It is an essential mineral for maintaining overall health as well as heart health. Calcium is absorbed in your body with the help of magnesium.
is essential for glucose tolerance and blood sugar regulation. For athletes, chromium is a healthy, safe way to convert body fat to muscle. For dieters, chromium curbs the appetite as it raises the metabolism.
aids the body in iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation and blood clotting. Copper helps protein to make up bone, skin and connective tissue.
improves cellular oxygenation, helps to fight pain and supports the immune system. Germanium increases calcium absorption and improves stamina.
is important in the formation of hemoglobin, which transports and stores oxygen in red blood cells and nourishes the entire body. It’s important in preventing anemia and stimulating immune system function.
assists the body with the synthesis of nucleic acids, fats and protein as well as the absorption of calcium. Magnesium also supports heart health.
works with an enzyme that is used to break down carbohydrates for energy production in cells. Potassium is an electrolyte mineral that balances the acid/alkaline system, transmits electrical signals between cells and nerves, and enhances athletic performance. Potassium works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance, and is necessary for heart health against hypertension and stroke.
is used in the body in antioxidant enzymes, by the immune system, and in conjunction with Iodine to control metabolism. Selenium helps protect the body from free radical damage and heavy metal toxicity.
helps maintain healthy hair, skin and nails, and promotes calcium absorption in the early stages of bone formation. Silica is needed for flexible arteries, and plays a significant role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Silica also improves elasticity and thickness of skin. Products rich in silica can be found here.
is necessary for cellular metabolism and formation of healthy bones and teeth.
is a trace mineral/coenzyme that protects against free radical damage and promotes mental alertness. It’s an essential mineral that supports healthy cells and immune function. Zinc also plays important role in growth and development, neurological function, the immune system and in reproduction.