Nutrients for Foundation of Good Health   

Nutrients for Foundation of Good Health

Many health experts believe that today's widespread health and age-related problems including high blood pressure, heart failure and osteoporosis are primarily caused by longterm deficiencies of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients and are preventable.

Basically the health of our body and organs are determined by the proper functioning of the cells. To maintain proper cell function, the body needs proper nutrition that provides all the essential nutrients - vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, phytonutrients and lots more.
Without optimum intake of these essential nutrients, the functions of the cells become impaired and diseases develop. In fact, chronic deficiency of essential nutrients is the most frequent cause of malfunction of the body cells and the primary cause of many diseases, as well as other age-related conditions.

Essential vitamins and minerals
Vitamins are natural organic substances essential for the proper regulation of reproduction, growth, health, and energy production. Humans are unable to manufacture most of the necessary vitamins and these must be obtained from dietary sources, either as whole foods or supplements.
Minerals can also be broken down into two basic groups: bulk or macro minerals, and trace or micro minerals. The macro minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, sodium (salt) potassium and phosphorus are needed in fairly substantial amounts for proper health. By comparison, the trace minerals are needed in far smaller quantities and include substances such as zinc, iron, copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, and iodine.

"Phyto" is Greek for plant. Phytonutrients are naturally occurring compounds that contribute to the flavour, colour, and disease-resistance in plants (fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes). Most are antioxidants that benefit humans by enhancing immunity, strengthening heart and blood vessels, and preventing tumours. An important example of phytonutrients includes Soy Protein's lsoflavones and Saponins.

Soy protein
Soybeans are a unique source of concentrated isoflavones.
lsoflavones are believed to provide a number of health benefits, because of their antioxidant and moderate estrogenic features. Other health promoting compounds found in soybeans such as saponins, along with high dietary fibre content, are thought to be some of the compounds that are responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effects of soy protein in the blood.

In 1999, the US FDA approved the labelling of foods containing at least 6.25 grams soy protein per serving to include the health claim that such foods may reduce the risk of CVD. The US FDA, UK Joint Health Claims Initiative, Japanese FOSHU system, and Chinese health food claims authority also approve the claim that consumption of 25 grams or (6.25 g x 4 servings) of soy protein daily may be protective against heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) also stated that 25 to 50 grams of soy protein daily is both safe and effective in reducing LDL cholesterol by approximately 4-8%.

Amino Acids - L-Lysine, L-Proline, L-Carnitine, L-Carnosine
Amino acids are basic building blocks of protein and can be divided into essential amino acids & non-essential amino acids. Essential Amino Acids are those which the body cannot fabricate from other amino acids. Non-essential amino acids are those that can be fabricated by your body from the essential amino acids.

Four important amino acids that have been studied with great interest recently are L-Lysine, L-Proline, L-Carnitine and L-Carnosine.
L-Carnosine, the new anti-ageing supplement, blocks the process of glycosylation that is implicated in ageing processes such as development of wrinkles, deteriorating organ function and cataract High blood sugar levels causes protein damage. The process of forming sugar-damaged proteins is called glycosylation. L-Carnosine is found in significant concentrations in skeletal muscle tissue, heart muscle, nerve tissue and in the brain.

L-Lysine and L-Proline are building blocks of collagen.
Collagen plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the blood vessel wall, heart, bone, skin and other organs. Consequently, the stability and production of collagen is dependent on availability of these nutrients, plus vitamin C.

L-Carnitine supports healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Its main role is as a long-chain fatty acid transporter into the matrix of the mitochondria- "power plants" of every cell so that it can be converted into energy to provide fuel to every cell in the body, especially the heart. Its other important roles include removing lactic acid and harmful by-products of energy metabolism from the mitochondria.

Powerful antioxidants
Antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extract, pycnogenol and green tea extract offer protection from free radical damage to your body's tissues. Alpha Lipoic Acid is the only antioxidant that can enhance the level of glutathione, an important antioxidant produced by your body.

Other beneficial nutrients
Digestive enzymes such as Lipase, Papain, Lactase, Amylase, Protease and Cellulase together with various strains of friendly bacteria (probiotics) promote a healthy digestive tract while maintaining a healthy environment in the gastrointestinal tract to suppress illness-causing bacteria, yeast and viruses.

Supplemental benefits taken dally
When taken daily, all the above supplements will help build a strong foundation for good health. Look for a good "greens" formula which contains all these ingredients.

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