By Olga Donica, lifescience and nutrition expert
We are living in an era of profound wellbeing transformation, redefining the way we take care of our health in every day of our lives. Changing the way we live is an essential step, but we have to go above and beyond, developing an awareness that is all round «more». More for optimal health, more of a holistic approach to ourselves.
Nutrition plays a central role in health and prevention and is probably the most powerful tool for this purpose with food and the use of nutraceuticals complementing the process. Is it enough to focus on one vitamin or mineral to get health benefits? No, it isn’t, especially if you live in a demanding environment involving excessive stress, sleep issues, unhealthy food, or irregular physical activity.
Let me unveil to you a very interesting fact: there is complexity in how nutrients are absorbed, interact with one another, and are assimilated by your body.
Essential vitamins, minerals and other protective compounds share a delicate dance in the body and the right balance is everything. Restoring this balance has an immediate impact on our body mechanisms and protection, which activate something unique: the body’s plasticity to recover and regenerate a healthy cellular environment.
Many nutrients work «together», so a deficiency in one might exacerbate a deficiency in another. For example, selenium deficiency can make vitamin E deficiency worse and affects thyroid hormone production. Generally, nutrients have the potential to show a synergistic action (enhancing the overall action of a nutrient) or an antagonistic (inhibiting or opposing the overall action) one or both. For instance, vitamin C and vitamin E work synergically for antioxidant defense, while vitamin A deficiency decreases the uptake of iodine and impacts thyroid health.
While a healthy diet provides adequate levels of necessary nutrients, some individuals might need to enhance their levels regardless of their diet. And this is where genetic individuality counts tremendously for nutrition balance. For example, people with what is known as “common MTHFR genetic polymorphism” may have an enzyme deficiency that reduces methylation (the biochemical process that convert a diet or supplement substance to another that can be used by the body) and this leads to a higher need for vitamins from complex B.
The type of our diet also plays a key role in nutrition balance. People practicing a vegan diet generally need to supplement with B12 vitamin, since it is found only in animal foods. But they also have an increased need for other important nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin D.
Also, while aging, our body’s capacity to assimilate certain minerals and vitamins decreases. Despite the effort you make to bring good sources of important nutrients to your diet, it might not be enough. This is where a complementary intake (especially iron, vit. B12 or silicium) can be helpful to compensate this functional decline of intestinal absorption.
Today we have the ultimate power through science and technology to ask for more in order to experience life at its full potential. Nutraceuticals could be a complementary yet powerful approach to wellbeing and health.
Vitamins and minerals each play specific roles to help maintain optimal health. By including the right blend of nutrients in your dietary supplement, your body reaps more of the rewards. This is exactly what you find into the 11 vitamins and 7 essential nutrients of BALANCE ESSENTIAL WELLBEING supplement, a formula of important essentials combined with the Holistic Complex for greater efficiency. In the complex, the carotenoid called “Astaxanthin” is integrated as the most powerful antioxidant.
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