Micronutrients for Daily Care

Wednesday, 15. August 2018

Micronutrients for Daily Care

All the nutrients needed by the human body must be present in a balanced ratio to maintain the natural balance of the organism.

The Current State of Nutrition

Like the macronutrients that provide our bodies with energy (carbohydrates, proteins and fats), micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements) are constantly used by the body and must be taken in daily in sufficient amounts. These micronutrients can be provided to the body through a balanced diet containing a high percentage of fresh fruits and vegetables.
 

Current reports regarding nutrition show that many people are not receiving the nutrition their bodies require. For example, only around 50 % of the population receives enough vitamin D through their diets. The trace elements zinc and vitamin C belong to the group of critical micronutrients. A third of men and women do not get enough zinc and few children receive enough vitamin C .
 

Optimal Basic Nutrition

Good basic nutrition must contain all of the important vitamins, minerals, trace elements and organically active substances that the body needs in balanced ratios. The success rate and effectiveness of nutritional supplements depends on how often they are taken, as well as the quality of the micronutrients they contain. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to the recommended dosage. In practice, the use of modern, easy to absorb, micronutrient-rich pure substances guarantees the best uptake by the body due to their hypoallergenic formulas. Artificial colors and flavors as well lubricants like magnesium stearate should also be avoided. A targeted, high quality basis for nutrition supports your body with micronutrients, keeps your energy and vitality up, and delivers an important recipe for an easier life.
 

Individual Nutritional Needs

The determining factors for an individual's’ nutritional needs include personal base nutrition, activity levels and exercise as well as the life stage they are in (growing or not growing) or if they are pregnant. Age, stress level, whether a person smokes or not, and illness can also determine a person’s nutritional needs. In certain phases of life or times of intense physical or mental stress, a person’s requirements for vitamins, minerals and trace elements can be significantly higher than usual. Making sure that your nutritional needs are adjusted during this period is an important step for encouraging basic health.  An optimal supply of nutrients is a prerequisite for all biochemical and regulative processes in the body.

Nutrition and Multivitamins

The idea that we need to fulfill our daily micro-nutritional needs has more and more meaning as we realize that if we want to stay healthy, we have to eat healthy. Regardless of whether our needs come from a chronological deficit (age), an increase in spent energy through exercise, study or work, or the limits of the modern diet, it is important to be considerate of them. Our current food habits tend toward high consumption of unsaturated fatty acids, salt, and micronutrients, resulting in a lack of fiber and micronutrients. The cause of this imbalance is the increasing presence of fast food and convenience foods that also determines the ever-increasing number of overweight people (40% of the population). To this regard, 70% of the foods that we eat are industrially processed. Through the changes in our eating habits, we inevitably eat too many empty calories in the form of industrial sugars, unhealthy fats and alcohols. For this reason the WHO recommends five portions of fruit and vegetables per day, but achieving this recommendation is unrealistic for the majority of the population. Only about 14% of us consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables daily, despite the knowledge that this nutrition makes a huge contribution to maintaining our health.  
 

When it comes to micronutrients, getting enough vitamin D, beta-carotene and folic acid is critical. Due to the generally higher intake of protein in industrial countries, most people do not get enough vitamin B6. Due to the increased protein intake, the need for vitamin B6 also increases although animal proteins increase this need more dramatically than plant based proteins. According to various studies, our daily recommended needs for calcium, magnesium, iodine, zinc and selenium are often not met. Through unbalanced nutrition, a deficit of micronutrients can negatively influence a person’s overall wellbeing. The main reason for using multivitamins is therefore to meet the needs of the body’s physical health while correcting or balancing out dietary sins.  Further important reasons for good nutrition are to: ‘do something good for yourself’, increase your general vitality and well being, or to protect the body’s cells from oxidative stress.

For an optimal supply of nutrients, naturally the best quality nutrients are needed. These nutrients should be as pure as possible, without any additional ingredients.

In order to keep everything in perspective, we’ve summarized the traits of a few well known vitamins, minerals and trace elements that provide particularly healthy services to our bodies. Here are a few useful facts about them to give you a peek into the interesting world of micronutrients.
 

Vitamins

Vitamin A (beta carotene): beta carotene is a provitamin that the body uses to create vitamin A. Vitamin A contributes (for example) to healthy vision. It is also important for the immune system and for iron metabolism. Fun fact: beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in the intestines, however, the more you increase your dosage, the less vitamin A is converted.  
 

B Vitamins: many different vitamins belong to the B-vitamin group, folic acid, vitamin B12 and biotin. The Vitamins in the B-group are known for their contributions to the body’s metabolic processes. Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid also contribute to reducing tiredness and fatigue. Biotin plays a role in beautiful skin and healthy hair. Fun fact: B-Vitamins have a synergetic effect and reach their full potential first in combination with each other.
 

Vitamin C: surely the most well known vitamin, vitamin C is particularly well known for the role it plays in our immune system. Vitamin C contributes to protecting the body’s cells from oxidative stress. Fun fact: in nature, vitamin C is often found in the presence of flavonoids. Flavonoids are plant materials, that are conducive to the body’s absorption of vitamins. For this reason, acerola and vitamin C are often combined in supplements.
 

Vitamin D: the “Sun Vitamin” can only be absorbed by the body if you spend enough time exercising outdoors. This means that in winter, our bodies are often at a deficit, even though vitamin D is very important for the immune system. Fun fact: although spending enough quality time in the sun is important, supplementing vitamin D is also important as it influences your blood levels.
 

Vitamin E: vitamin E contributes to protecting the body’s cells from oxidative stress. In order to regenerate vitamin E, the body needs a sufficient amount of vitamin C. Fun Fact: vitamins C and E are not only antioxidants, they are a strong team and need to be taken together.
 

Minerals

Calcium: calcium is a mineral that is especially meaningful for our bones. Vitamin D and calcium have synergetic characteristics. Calcium is also important for the muscle function in our bodies.
Fun fact: calcium works closely in combination with vitamin D. Strong bones also need sun and a sufficient amount of calcium.
 

Magnesium: magnesium is well known in the world of sports because it influences healthy muscle function. It is also important for balanced electrolyte levels and for energy metabolism. Fun fact: magnesium is also frequently nicknamed the “antistress mineral” due to the fact that it influences muscle health as well as the function of the nervous system.
 

Trace Elements

Selenium: the trace element selenium contributes to the normal function of the thyroid glands. Our body needs selenium for the immune system as well as for antioxidant protection of the cells. Fun fact: our selenium intake depends on the food chain. If ground soil is low in selenium, the plants that grow there also contain low selenium levels.
 

Iodine: there is a reason why our table salt almost always contains iodine. Our soils tends to be low in iodine, and since our food only contains as much iodine as is in the soil, they do not always contain all that we need. This trace element contributes to normal cognitive function and is also needed for the production of thyroid gland hormones. Fun fact: the DGE recommends a daily dose of 180 mcg of Iodine per day, although pregnant and nursing mothers require sufficiently more. Saltwater fish are naturally rich in iodine.
 

Zinc: are oysters are good for fertility? Well, their high levels of zinc could play a role. This trace element not only plays an important role in immune system function, it is also the basis for healthy fertility. Fun fact: pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds and flax seeds are naturally rich in zinc. Since zinc has a meaningful role to play in the immune system, it is especially important to get enough during winter.

Getting the significant amount of micronutrients in your diet can have a lasting impact on your health.