5 Micronutrients you Need (But Probably Aren’t Getting)
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Stated in their nutrition journal recently, “according to top medical researchers,our poor health and growing waistlines are often caused by hidden crisis of micronutrient deficiency.
Jason Calton,co-author of The Micronutrient Miracle states we have become deficient of these important nutrients because of stress, nutrient-deficient foods, poor diet and excess sugar.
“Micronutrients’ is an all-encompassing term for vitamins, minerals and fatty acids and amino acids,” explains Calton, a board certified micronutrient specialist. “ They are good stuff our bodies require every day to obtain and sustain optimal health. They are call micronutrients because the body needs them in micro or small amounts.”
In his book, Calton points out “that many current diets focus only on macronutrients, especially carbs. This, he says, is self-defeating. If micronutrients are not addressed, any diet is doomed to fail.
Here are at the top five micronutrients missing in most American diets.
- Vitamin E.. “May multivitamins contain only synthetic vitamin E (dl tocopherol). According to the published research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the natural form of vitamin E, d-alpha tocopherol , is retained at double the rate and more biologically active”.
- Folate 5-MTHF… “It is widely known that pregnant women need adequate folate (vitamin B9) or they risk having a baby with a neural tube disorder. But 60% of the U.S. population may have a genetic enzyme defect that makes it difficult for them to convert folic acid (the synthetic form of folate used in many supplements today) into the active form. Choose the most absorbable form called 5-MTHF.
- Calcium… “Calcium is important for bone health and other functions, but take no more than 600 mg. at a time. This is the maximum amount of calcium that can be absorbed by the body at one time. Also, take a supplement that supplies the mineral in the form of calcium citrate. Creating sufficiency in calcium not only helps to build strong bones, but helps eliminate cravings for salty and sweet foods.”
- Magnesium… “Take 400 mg. of magnesium a day. Most multivitamins supply much smaller, inadequate amounts of the mineral, which is responsible for more than 300 essential metabolic reactions in the body as well as controlling sugar cravings. Look for supplements that offer the mineral in the form of magnesium citrate.”
5. Vitamin K… “Vitamin K is often omitted from multivitamin formulations, but it is essential for bone strength and heart health. If you take a blood thinning drug, talk to your doctor before taking vitamin K.”