So Much Things About Food supplements You Should Know

Ideally, a healthy and varied diet would provide your body with all the nutrients it needs. In some cases, however, food is grown in depleted soils or artificially under lights in hothouses. For example, selenium content in soils is varied and regional. New Zealand soils are quite low in selenium, as are parts of Australia, South Africa and North America, but it is important as an antioxidant and in supporting Vitamin E in your body. Antioxidants are certain minerals and vitamins, which are found in food sources. There are now many substances available from both natural and synthetic sources. Many (and certainly not all) of them can mimic the properties of natural antioxidants. A good rule of thumb is to see if the ingredients included in an antioxidant supplement are part of the natural human diet. If they are not, for example, if they come from tree bark, then do you thin) it would be appropriate to add them to the human food chain? Some studies suggest not. But, remember, one dose of antioxidants will not give you a healthy, youthful body fore\ They must be continually replaced in your diet to keep pace with free radical production. a diet laden with fresh, unprocessed wholefoods is essential.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Many people today take vitamin products. There is no doubt that many offer nutritior insurance. However, studies have shown that some supplements are poorly digested and ix through the body without much benefit. We have both taken supplements over the years f all sorts of reasons. Often we relied on health professionals or pharmacy assistants to advi us as to which supplements we should take and how often. We placed our health in the han of people we didn’t even know and who may have had little idea what our bodies neede By educating yourself and continuing to learn about supplements you will, over time, mal more sophisticated decisions about which ones to take and how to optimise your diet wil quality supplements. The responsibility lies in your hands.

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Macro minerals

Calcium is important for building healthy bones and teeth, and also plays an essential role in nerve and muscle function and blood clotting. It keeps muscles moving smoothly and prevents cramping. Approximately 99 per cent of the calcium in your body is present in the bones, teeth and skeleton; the other 1 per cent is found in and around cells. You will find calcium in milk and milk products; calcium-fortified foods; the bones of fish like sardines and salmon; tofu, spinach and oatmeal. Phosphorus works with calcium to help build bones and teeth. It is used in the energy cycle and helps in the formation of red blood cells. It is found everywhere in foods with more being added during food processing and in plant fertilisers. Some of the best places to get phosphorus are high-protein foods like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, seeds, whole grains and milk.Magnesium is a wonderful mineral that is involved in just about every biological process in the body. It is essential for nerve and muscle function and the renewal of proteins, and is needed to make body tissues, particularly your bones. Main food sources are whole grains and legumes, green leafy vegetables, nuts, mushrooms and bananas. Much magnesium is lost during food processing, so use stone-ground wholemeal flour or brown rice.Sodium is one of the few minerals that we easily have in excess in our diets. Fourteen to 28 g of sodium chloride (salt) per day is considered excessive, but not uncommon in developed countries (1 teaspoon = approximately 5 g). Ten per cent of daily sodium comes from the natural salt content of foods. Fifteen per cent of salt is added during cooking or at the table, and a whopping 75 per cent of salt is added during the processing and manufacturing, as it also acts as a preservative.

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Creative Ways to Use Tofu

There are different types of tofu, primarily distinguished from one another by their texture. Silken tofu, or Japanese-style tofu, ranges from the softest to medium-soft. Chinese-style, or hard-pressed tofu, is medium-firm to dense-firm. Read the rest of this entry »