The importance of Micronutrients

Christian Francis
Christian Francis

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Nutrition

Micronutrients plays crucial roles in the body. Apart from proteins, fats and carbohydrates, micronutrients are a part of many peoples diets that is often neglected. If you would pick anyone from the street to do random blood sample, the chances of them being deficienct in atleast one or more vitamins and minerals is 2/3. A reason for micronutrients being overlooked could be that they do not have any calories with them, and therefore making them less of an importance when it comes to any fitness related goals. Also, the right quantity can be quite tricky to consume each and every day if one is not aware of the sources.

Consuming the recommended daily intake for each micronutrient will not only improve your overall lifestyle, but also will aid you to an significant degree towards your goals. Here are a few main profilings of vitamins and minerals that could be abscent in peoples diet, and where to get them from foods: A-vitamin, helps growth in young individuals, improved vision and skin, found in potatoes, sweet potatoes and intestines such as liver. B-vitamin, B-vitamin is usually separated into a 8 numbers, e.g B6 and B12 and are slightly different from each other and one can not be compensated for the other. Small amounts are vital for energy and red blood cell production. Found in animal products or actually worth supplementing as a vegan. C-vitamin, partially acts as an antioxidant, develops bone growt and eases the uptake of iron. Found in citrus fruits, capsicum, broccoli and many berries. Iron, helps the blood transport oxygen to body tissues, found in leafy greens and red meats. D-vitamin, essential for bone health and wellbeing, found in animal products and from sunlight. Calcium, responsible for the activation muscle contractions and bone density, found in dairy, nuts, soy and leafy greens. Potasium, necessary in cell active transport to produce cell function and neuron signaling. Works together with the mineral sodium (salt) to create an homeostatic fluid level in the body. Found in bananas, coconuts, avocado and rice. Zinc, needed for cell division to form new tissues, hormone regulation and aids the immunesystem. Found in meat, fish and nuts. Magnesium, helps to maintain a proper balance of other essential minerals in the body such as calcium and potasium, and involves in chemical reactions within the body. Found in nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, leafy greens and fruit. Remember that vitamins and minerals are most potent in its natural form from foods. Supplementation of these is not recommended as they are less likely to be utilised in the body, and also making them harmful in some cases. More of a specific micronutrient will not yield greater results either, so sticking to hitting the recommended daily intake is always enough. I genuinely hope this was to some use for you Fittr folks, and please feel free to ask any questions regarding the topic if there was anything left out! #Fittr #Iamfittr

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