Ask the majority of Kiwis which nutrients most support energy, and they’ll probably say B- vitamins. And while it’s true that many B vitamins do play a role in energy production, they’re not the only nutrients that do so.
The truth is that energy production is a complex process. Once you understand how it works, it’s easy to see why your body relies on so many different nutrients to make it happen.
On the most basic level, energy production happens in the mitochondria (energy centres) of every cell in your body. These mitochondria take oxygen and glucose, then transform them into water and carbon dioxide. In the process of doing this, they release energy. Now, for this to happen:
Here are just a few of the important minerals that are involved at various points in your body’s energy production process:
In a perfect world, we’d be able to get all the nutrients we need from a balanced diet that’s rich in fresh, whole foods. However, the reality we live in is not as perfect as we’d like. For example, both New Zealand and Australian soils are notoriously low in Chromium, Iodine, Selenium and Zinc. So while eating local might be a great ecological choice, it probably won’t provide you with enough of those minerals. To help, Healtheries have just released a “one-stop mineral shop” as the latest addition to the multivitamin range. Healtheries Mineral Multi provides a complete, balanced one-a-day multi-mineral supplement. Find it in the health and wellness aisle in major supermarkets
Sunday, 27 February 2011