5 Essential Nutrients to Maximise Your Health
by Becca Brown on Apr 06, 2022
Food is our body’s fuel, and if we don’t use high-grade fuel, we can’t expect high-functioning results.
The first step to reaping the benefits of healthy eating: understanding which nutrients your body needs (ie. via a DNA test) and how to get them every day.
Of all the leafy greens, kale is the king.
It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants, and various bioactive compounds.
Kale is especially high in vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin K1. It also contains large amounts of vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, and manganese. A one cup serving has only 9 calories.
Kale may be even healthier than spinach, too. Both are very nutritious, but kale is lower in oxalates, substances that can bind minerals like calcium in your intestine, preventing them from being absorbed.
Kale and other greens are also high in various bioactive compounds, including isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol, which have been shown to fight cancer in test-tube and animal studies.
Garlic is really an amazing and versatile ingredient.
It can turn all sorts of bland dishes delicious, and it’s very nutritious with many bioactive compounds.
It is high in lots of vitamins including vitamins C, B1, and B6, as well as calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, and selenium.
Many studies suggest that garlic may lower blood pressure as well as total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. It also helps raise HDL (good) cholesterol, potentially reducing the risk of heart disease down the line.
When it comes to the nutritional content of fruit, blueberries are in a league of their own.
They are loaded with powerful antioxidant substances, including anthocyanins and various other plant compounds, some of which can cross the blood-brain barrier and exert protective effects on your brain.
One study found that obese men and women with metabolic syndrome had a lowered blood pressure and reduced markers of oxidised LDL (bad) cholesterol after adding blueberries to their diet.
This finding is in line with studies showing that blueberries increase the antioxidant value of your blood.
4. Dark chocolate (cocoa)
You might be happy to hear that dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is actually one of the most healthy foods you can eat!
It is loaded with fibre, iron, magnesium, copper, and manganese.
But its biggest benefit is its amazing range of antioxidants.
In fact, a study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate scored higher in antioxidants than any other food tested, including blueberries and acai berries.
Potatoes contain a little of almost every nutrient you need. They are high in potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, Vitamin C and B Vitamins.
There are even accounts of people living off nothing but potatoes for a long time.
Potatoes are also one of the most filling foods. When researchers compared the satiety values of different foods, boiled potatoes scored higher than any other food measured.
If you allow potatoes to cool after cooking, or reheat them after, they also form resistant starch, a fibre-like substance with many powerful health benefits.
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To maximise the amount of nutrients you take in, it makes sense to spend your calorie budget wisely by choosing the foods that carry the greatest amount and variety of nutrients.
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