A list of the key minerals required for optimal health
Sticking to a healthy diet doesn’t have to be complicated. It all begins with smart choices, and integrating important food groups and micronutrients into your meals. While the benefits of both are significant, one micronutrient has recently gained attention: Minerals. They are essential micronutrients your body needs in small quantities to work efficiently. Minerals regulate circulation in the body, maintain heart, bone and muscle health, help produce enzymes and hormones, convert food into energy, and are important for proper cognitive functioning. There are two subdivisions to minerals—macrominerals, which are required in larger quantities and microminerals (also called trace minerals), which can be consumed in smaller ratios. Get your recommended allowance of minerals for the body by eating a well-balanced diet and incorporating superfoods and superfood powders into your diet. We discuss four minerals for the body that are essential to add to your diet.
Potassium is one of the most important minerals for the body. It is necessary for bone, muscle, cardiovascular and circulatory health. This macromineral controls the effects of sodium in our body, thereby regulating blood pressure. Even so, less than two percent of Americans consume the daily-recommended dosage for potassium. The National Academy of Medicine recommends women 19 years and older get 2,600 mg per day, and men 19 years and older get 3,400 mg. Since much of the western and North American diet is focused on acidic foods, potassium—with its alkaline nature—can help balance acidity while maintaining bone and muscle density. Mix one tablespoon of our Superfood Powder in water or blend it in your smoothie to meet over half of your daily potassium needs.
Calcium is among the most commonly known minerals, and the most abundant one in our body. We have heard from doctors and health coaches that a calcium-rich diet leads to healthy and strong bones. It is also responsible for proper growth and development in children. It plays an important role in maintaining bone density and cardiovascular health. Studies suggest that adolescents and older adults are at the highest risk for calcium deficiencies, which can lead to tooth decay, fatigue and high blood pressure. Taking one teaspoon of our Superfood Powder can provide 250 mg of calcium, where a whole glass of milk only accounts for 400mg. Incorporating superfoods into our regular diets help us sustain the bodies mineral requirements.
This trace mineral is directly responsible for maintaining a healthy circulatory system. Iron is also vital for oxygen distribution and cognitive function. Doctors recommend a proper intake of this category of minerals for the body to pregnant women, because it helps in proper fetal development. Research done at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health shows that iron deficiency is the single most prevalent nutritional deficiency worldwide. It accounts for anemia in five percent of American women and two percent of American men. Statistics show that this problem is more common among women, causing fatigue, poor lifestyle, improper sleep and serious health complications. Opt for a dense plant-based source of iron by consuming only one teaspoon of our Moringa Superfood Powder, which can provide 0.5 mg of iron, one of the most important minerals for the body.
Like most minerals, magnesium is essential for maintaining bone density and muscular health. It plays an important role in insulin and glucose regulation ensuring a proper fluid balance. It can also reduce negative effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and is linked with relieving headaches. Studies suggest that while magnesium deficiency is uncommon, 75 percent Americans fail to include magnesium into their daily diet. One tablespoon of our Superfood Powder meets 33 percent of the daily-recommended intake for magnesium.
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