Imagine you’re a child again and a commercial comes on TV advertising some sort of tasty new cereal you’ve just been dying to try- it claims to be PACKED with essential vitamins and minerals. Or, for that matter, how many times can you remember your mom ensuring that you get your daily dose of vitamin gummies before heading out the door? We knew to eat these fully loaded vitamins and minerals because they were good for us… but exactly what were they good for?
Now we know that to properly nourish our bodies, we should opt for more healthy diets full of a plethora of diverse vitamins. Even if we maintain diets inherently packed with vitamins, we fully get the benefit of these nutrients when we know which minerals perform which roles in our vitamin gummy-raised bodies.
B O R O N
- Strengthens our bones by facilitating the production of calcium
- Can help reverse arthritis by storing large amounts of calcium in the bones
- Is known to improve cognitive function by enhancing concentration and short term memory
- Is commonly found in apples, dates, nuts, avocados, and chickpeas, just to name a few. As always, you can never go wrong with hummus or guac.
I R O N
- Lowers the risk of developing anemia by boosting hemoglobin and oxygen production within the body
- Increases energy while decreasing fatigue. All around you feel and perform better!!!-Stimulates brain function by increasing the oxygen flow into the brain
- Can be found in beans, lentils, chickpeas, and of course, spinach!
M A G N E S I U M
- Protects against cardiovascular disease and diabetes
- Is especially known to prevent migraines and cramps by maintaining the body’s absorption of calcium
- Boosts cellular energy and produces collagen to strengthen the skin and bones
- Is naturally sourced in leafy, green vegetables and whole grains. Suuuper easy to incorporate into one’s diet!
S E L E N I U M
- Boosts immunity by aiding in the production of antibodies and antioxidants
- Reduces inflammation in joints and bones
- Regulates thyroid hormones, which can affect everything from metabolism to muscle weakness
- Has trace amounts in Brazil nuts, mushrooms, eggs, and sunflower seeds. Totally suited for any individual diet.
Z I N C
- Promotes skin care by regulating hormone levels and increasing collagen production
- Boosts immunity by working as an antioxidant to synthesize proteins and increase enzyme activity
- Can help heal ailments ranging from eczema to common colds
- Is present in chickpeas, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and even cocoa powder. The possibilities for what you can eat with these food staples are endless.
It’s easy to go on day by day trying to eat nutrient-rich foods because we know they are healthy. However, we don’t take the time to reflect upon how these nutrients truly affect us. When you think about all of the benefits of minerals found in so many common and tasty foods, it makes healthy eating that much more enjoyable. Goodbye vitamin gummies, hello increased immunity, bone health, and energy!