Important Nutrients – ZP Guide

We have all heard about the tales of Nutrients and how important they are in our diet. But do you actually know what they do? This simple quick beginner nutrient guide will explain 10 of those important nutrients and why they are important

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1. Calcium

Why Is Calcium Part of the Important Nutrients?

Calcium is needed for blood clotting, strong bones and Teeth. It may even help prevent high blood pressure and protect against prostate and colon cancers

Key resource : Dairy products, Sesame seeds, Almonds & Figs.

2. Iron

Why Is Iron Part of the Important Nutrients ?

Iron is needed for making hemoglobin, the protein found in the blood that carries oxygen around the body, Iron helps with energy levels as well.

Key resource : Red meat, cashews, beans.

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3. Manganese

Why Is Manganese Part of the Important Nutrients ?

Manganese is needed for many of the chemical processes that occur in our bodies, including the production of energy, helps control blood sugar levels and prevent osteoporosis

Key resource : wholegrains, nuts, soya beans

4. Copper

Why Is Copper Part of the Important Nutrients ?

Copper is needed for healthy bones, blood and nervous system, helps in the prevention of high cholesterol

Key resource : seeds and nuts, organ meats, wheat-bran cereals, whole-grain products, and dark chocolate

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5. Phosphorous

Why Is Phosphorous Part of the Important Nutrients ?

Phosphorous is needed for healthy bones and teeth. Also it helps in accessing the energy in foods.

Key resource : Brown Rice, Garlic, Cashew Nuts & Coconut.

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6. Zinc

Why Is Zinc Part of the Important Nutrients ?

Zinc is needed for Growth, reproduction, wound healing and a healthy immune system, Protects against age related macular degeneration which is the cause of loss of eyesight in older people.

Key resource : Pumpkin seeds, Oats & Thyme.

7. Potassium

Why Is Potassium Part of the Important Nutrients ?

Potassium is needed for the transmission of nerve impulses and keeping your heart beating, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, helps reduce the risk of stroke and osteoporosis

Key resource : Mushrooms, Cucumbers, Sweet Potato, Avocado & Banana

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8. Selenium

Why Is Selenium Part of the Important Nutrients ?

Selenium is needed for a healthy Immune system. May help reduce the risk of cancers, lowers high cholesterol levels protects against heart disease and arthritis.

Key resource : Pork, beef, turkey, chicken, fish, shellfish, and eggs

9. Chromium

Why Is Chromium Part of the Important Nutrients ?

Chromium is needed for a regulating blood sugar levels, heart health, improves insulin resistance and glucose control for people with diabetes

Key resource : meats, grain products, fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices, Pistachios

10. Iodine

Why Is Iodine Part of the Important Nutrients ?

Iodine is needed for a manufacturing thyroid hormones which regulate growth and your metabolism

Key resource : Fish, Dairy products (such as milk, yogurt, and cheese) , Eggs

A Nutritious Conclusion

Optimal Nutrition is important for our body. Being educated about what goes inside our body helps us stay motivated as we know exactly why and how useful it is, on a long term.

Always remember, Fitness is a slow but rewarding process. Nurture your body with the right nutrients and you will be the most happiest person in this world.

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Resources

Mayo clinic – Zinc – https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-zinc/art-20366112#:~:text=Zinc%2C%20a%20nutrient%20found%20throughout,meat%20and%20fortified%20breakfast%20cereals.

healthline – 11 Uses for Iodine: Do Benefits Outweigh the risks? – https://www.healthline.com/health/iodine-uses

healthy eating – The Importance of Chromium – https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/importance-chromium-2352.html

The lancet – importance of selenium – https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673600024909/fulltext