Vitamins and Minerals: Why They are so Important

"One factor evidently important for neuronal health and function is the optimal supply of nutrients necessary for maintaining normal functioning of the brain."
-Nohajeri MH. Nutrition 31 (2015)261-275
When medics treat wounded soldiers on the battlefield, they triage the most severely injured first. It’s the same with our bodies. They require vitamins and minerals every day to keep us healthy. When nutrients are in short supply our bodies go into “triage mode.” Our most vital organs — the brain, heart, lungs and liver — get first dibs on nutrients, and our remaining body parts get whatever is left. Long-term nutrient deficiencies lead to inflammation, weakened bodies, and increased risk of developing a chronic illness. Neurological issues such as Alzheimer’s and dementia also are all tied back to extended lack of vitamins and minerals in our diets.
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Vitamins and minerals: What do they do?

Our bodies use vitamins and minerals for hundreds of different functions, from converting food to energy to carrying oxygen throughout our bodies and producing new skin and muscle.

Ensuring adequate daily intake of all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need is the key to complete mind and body health. Looking to boost your intake of vitamins and minerals? Pass on the supplements — food is the best way to get the nutrients we need daily. Here are a few of the many examples of how vitamins and minerals play key roles in our bodies:

Vitamins and Minerals are Crucial for Brain Health
Certain vitamins and mineral also play crucial roles in brain health. Vitamins B12 and folate reduce homocysteine levels in the blood. Homocysteine is toxic to brain cells, and high levels of homocysteine can increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamins A, C, E zinc, and selenium also protect neurons from damage caused by oxidative stress. These nutrients and others (vitamins E, B12, B6, and D; and omega-3 fats) support normal memory, focus, and concentration.

Vitamins and Minerals are Crucial to Proper Child Development
Perhaps more than any other demographic, children need proper daily intake of vitamins and minerals. Children whose diets lack the nutrients their bodies need can’t reach their full potential in physical stature or brain development — they won’t be as tall or as smart as they could be.

Vitamins and Minerals Promote Weight Loss
Diets high in nutrient-rich foods promote satiety. Nutrient-dense foods lead to weight loss and reductions in waist circumference because each bite of food has the highest ratio of nutrients to calories — there’s a lot of nutrition with fewer calories. Dieters eat less, and yet their bodies thrive.

Our Solution:
Skip the Supplements — Foods are the Best Source for Vitamins and Minerals

Foods are the best way to get the vitamins and minerals our bodies need, but today’s diet is roughly 75% processed foods that lack the nutrients our bodies require. The ideal foods give us the right kinds of essential nutrients, in the right balance, and at the right amounts.

Vitamins and minerals also are better absorbed when they are provided in the proper balance. When calories enter our bodies our entire digestive enzyme system responds by releasing compounds to break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Those compounds stimulate the release of agents to allow the essential nutrients to become bioactive. Supplements don’t catalyze this kick-start effect.

Lastly, multivitamin and multi-mineral supplements typically provide an imbalance among nutrients. Some are included at more than 1,000 percent Daily Value, while others are at only 2 percent DV. Our bodies prefer to get all essential nutrients at the same percentages of daily needs.

Peak Health’s foods provide the right balance and amounts of the vitamins and minerals we need to live healthy and thrive.