(NaturalHealth365) Micronutrients are nature’s life savers. Deficiencies of micronutrients can increase the risk of disease.
Micronutrients are nutrients that are required in small quantities. These are nutrients that the person cannot produce, and they include dietary minerals in amounts usually less than 100 micrograms a day. These are trace elements, which include iron, cobalt, chromium, copper, iodine, sodium, manganese, selenium, zinc, and molybdenum.
The tiny amounts of these substances are essential for health, and the consequence of being deficient in these is huge. Most everyone knows that a shortage of iron is a threat to health. This holds true for iodine, manganese, selenium copper, and the other lesser known
Micronutrients differ from macronutrients such as: carbohydrates, protein and fat. Micronutrients are essential in tiny amounts, yet play a very large role in health. Micronutrients are also commonly referred to as vitamins and minerals. These include such vitamins as C, A, D, E and k, along with B-complex.
Health Benefits Of Micronutrients
Manganese helps with energy production, and helps metabolize macronutrients, protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Chloride helps with the regulation of both water and electrolytes in the cells, and helps maintain the correct PH. Chloride is required for the absorption of vitamin B12 and iron.
Iron helps with the production of red blood cells and lymphocytes. Iodine is needed for the thyroid gland to develop and function properly. Also, it is involved with the metabolizing of fats, and promotes energy.
Magnesium helps the heart to maintain a normal rhythm. Also, it helps with the conversion of glucose into energy, and metabolizes the micronutrients calcium and vitamin C.
Copper stimulates the immune system, which in turn fights infections, repair injured tissues, and promotes healing. It has been shown to stop aneurysms from rupturing.
Selenium is an antioxidant. It is known to protect vitamin E. Selenium makes sure the heart gets enough oxygen, and protects the body against the effects of arsenic, cadmium and mercury. Low selenium is tied to a higher incidence of cancer.
Chromium is used to keep insulin at its optimal level.
Zinc helps heal wounds, keeps skin healthy and fights infections. A zinc deficiency causes hair loss, and fatigue.
These foods supply you with an arsenal of micronutrients.
Iodine is found in: asparagus, chard, Cod, cod liver oil, dulse, garlic, haddock, herring, Irish moss, kelp, lima beans, sesame seeds, spinach, sunflower seeds, and turnip greens will supply other micronutrients.
Magnesium is found in: almonds, barley, blackstrap molasses, bluefish, brewer’s yeast, buckwheat, carp, cocoa, cod, figs, flounder, garlic, green leafy vegetables, halibut, herring, Irish moss, kelp, lima beans, meat, mackerel, millet, molasses, sesame seeds, wheat germ and other whole grains.
Iron is found in: almonds, avocado, beans, beef, beef liver, cashews, cocoa, dates, dried fruit, dulse, green leafy vegetables, raisins, seaweed, sesame seeds, prunes, wheat germ, and whole grains.
Copper is found in: alfalfa, almonds, avocados, barley, beans, beet roots, garlic, dandelion leaves, green leafy vegetables, haddock, hazelnuts, herring, liver, lobster, molasses, mushrooms, mussels, nuts, oats, oranges, raisins, radishes, wheat germ, and wheat bran.
Manganese is found in: avocados, barley, beans, blackberries, blackstrap molasses, blueberries, bran, brown rice, buckwheat, chestnuts, kelp, hazelnuts, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, spinach, wheat germ, wheat bran, whole gain cereals.
Zinc is found in: beans, beef, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, fish, herring, lamb, legumes, liver, poultry, pumpkin seeds, wheat brand, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and whole grains.
Chromium is found in: banana, beef, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, calves’ liver, chicken, cheese, fish, mushrooms, seafood, and whole grains
The lists of the foods are going to overlap, and the best way to see that you are supplied with micronutrients is to eat a diet high in organic whole foods.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.