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Whether you’re a red meat lover or an herbivore, or anything else across the consumer spectrum, we ALL need micro-nutrients.
While vitamins and minerals may be classified as micro-nutrients, they are by no means less important than their macro-nutrient counterparts: carbs, fat, protein, and water.
Just a fun little fact, Micro-nutrients contain no caloric value, meaning they have no calories, so they don’t provide any type of energy, HOWEVER, they do assist in the chemical reactions that create energy.
Amazing that something so small can make all the difference in promoting good health. Sadly though, many people are not getting adequate vitamins and minerals and the health of those individuals is suffering as a result.
Vitamins and minerals are equally as important, but there are some differences I’d like to explain.
Vitamins: organic compounds, meaning they are created by plants & animals
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Minerals: inorganic compounds, which means they come from the earth and are absorbed by plants.
- & many more
Just like exercise and proper diet go together, so do vitamins and minerals. For example, Vitamin C maximizes the absorption of Iron ( a mineral) and Vitamin D aids in the absorption of Calcium (also a mineral.)
So, now you’re probably more interested in incorporating more vitamins and minerals into your diet. you’re also probably wondering how you’re going to achieve that. Obviously, I encourage you to eat more nutrient-dense foods. As a general rule, the more vibrant the color of a fruit and vegetable, the more nutrients it’s going to contain, of course cauliflower is an exception. Researching different fruits and veggies will give you a better idea of which nutrients are found in what foods.
In addition to eating your vitamins and minerals, you could also choose to take a multivitamin. Perhaps you’ve heard some negative remarks concerning taking vitamins, like you don’t need everything in the vitamin or too much of a vitamin or mineral could be bad for you. Sure, there are toxicity risks if you ingest too much of a vitamin or mineral, BUT the chances of that happening are said to be low due to a lack of nutrients that a western diet provides. Let me put it simply, if you did not meet all your requirements for vitamins and minerals yesterday, then you are deficient for yesterday’s intake. A multivitamin could have picked up the slack. No matter what, you will not be able to correct that deficiency for yesterday. The reason is because your body has DAILY NEEDS. I do suggest taking a multivitamin, but if you are skeptical or scared that you might be getting too much, then take half. Please keep in mind that not all vitamin supplements are created equal. In fact, vitamin supplements are not even regulated by the FDA. Actually, there is no government-affiliated group that regulates supplements. Thankfully, there is an outside organization that does take upon themselves to test supplements and see how effective they truly are. This group is United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) The next time you’re shopping around for a suitable supplement, be sure to look for the USP label, this means it’s been verified.
I take NatureMade Multi for Her.
Did you know the most common vitamin deficiencies are in Vitamin A and Vitamin C?
The most common mineral deficiencies are in Iron and Calcium.
Generally speaking, the vitamins and minerals that are commonly listed on nutrition facts are areas of concern for the American population.
So there you have it. A brief explanation as to why micronutrients matter, A LOT. Take care!