Below are the best vitamins and minerals that are very important for basic bodily functions!
Zinc is involved in and required for many unique functions in our bodies. Including regulation of metabolic rate, blood sugar balance, immune function, sexual function (production of testosterone), and even our sense of taste and smell.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Not only do they help support our overall heart health, but they also turn on most of the body’s natural anti-inflammatory molecules. They help fight off high blood pressure and stress, support our eye health and serotonin levels to help ward off depression, and keep the membrane of every cell in our bodies healthy. My dentist even praises me for my omega-3 intake because of its impact on gum health!
They can also help with triglyceride levels in your blood, and improve brain function to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Fiber is essential to support a healthy gut and digestive system, but can also help improve your immune system, keep you fuller longer, increase mineral absorption from foods, and improve your body’s insulin response by slowing carbohydrate digestion.
Magnesium is responsible for supporting over 300 biochemical reactions in the body (e.g. blood sugar and insulin regulation, muscle and nerve function, energy production, digestive enzyme support, bone formation, etc.), but it’s also one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in this country! Usually if I have a client that cramps up or twitches a lot I recommend that they take more magnesium.
Vitamin D is involved in both the formation and breakdown of bones and teeth, and the regulation of blood pressure and vascular health. In regards to glycemic balance, Vitamin D assists in the release of insulin as well as enhances our cells’ response to glucose and insulin.
It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, so your intake of healthy fats is critical for proper absorption of this nutrient. You can also get vitamin D from the sun, however if you have darker skin it can be more difficult for your body to absorb.
Selenium is a required nutrient for many of our enzymes, which are responsible for supporting our internal detoxification systems and for diminishing oxidative stress. Our body needs this because we are exposed toxins every day in our food and environment, so we need selenium to help us to clean our body.
Two main ways iron supports our health are energy production and oxygen transport between our cells and tissues in the body. In order to transport oxygen, iron is supplied to red blood cells that have hemoglobin (an iron-containing protein) that then supplies oxygen to the rest of our body.
- Whey is rich in essential amino acids, especially the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
- A full whey protein dose has a significant effect on anabolism (muscle growth), therefore leading to the development of lean body mass for improved body composition
- Whey increases protein synthesis and decreases protein breakdown.
- The amino acids in whey support better blood sugar levels and improve the functioning of insulin. This allows for fat to be used more as a fuel source.
- Whey protein supports improved triglyceride levels.
- A study showed that consumption of whey in overweight individuals led to lower lipid and insulin levels.
- Whey supports healthy blood pressure levels and the body’s antioxidant capacity.
- Whey protein is easily digested and absorbed.
- Whey can decrease ghrelin levels, which is the hunger-stimulating hormone.
- Grass-fed concentrate has more functional properties like lactoferrin, immunoglobulin, and serum albumin which support the immune system.
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These are the best vitamins and minerals for your body in my book!
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