Micronutrient Monday: SeleniumUnlike most vitamins and macro-minerals, you probably have not heard too much about selenium before. Selenium is a micro-mineral. Meaning that our body only needs small amounts of it. There are two different forms of selenium, organic and inorganic. Now, this is not...
Supporting Your Immune System with FoodOver the past two years, many of us have found a new appreciation for our immune system. Our immune system protects our bodies against infections from bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. Without it, our bodies would become overrun with foreign materials which may...
Micronutrient Monday: Iodine
Iodine plays an essential role in the production of thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Our bodies use these thyroid hormones to regulate many reactions, including building proteins and metabolism. Additionally, thyroxine and triiodothyronine are required for the proper growth and development of skeletal and nervous systems in fetuses and young children. Research also suggests that iodine supports our immune response to infections.
Micronutrient Monday: Iron
Iron is another mineral that our bodies need to carry out a lot of functions that keep us healthy and plays a central role in our ability to do our day-to-day tasks.
Did you know that chloride was one of the essential nutrients our bodies need to function at their best? Chloride can sometimes be an overlooked mineral as it can abundantly be found in our diet and rarely requires supplementation.
Micronutrient Monday: PotassiumNot all micronutrients are vitamins, some are minerals such as potassium, sodium and iron. Minerals are sometimes referred to as macro-minerals and trace minerals based on how much we need of them in our diet. Potassium is one of the macro-minerals. Role in the Body...
Micronutrient Monday: Vitamin B1
Vitamin B1, commonly known as thiamin, was the first of six B vitamins to be discovered. Like all other B vitamins, thiamin is a water-soluble vitamin that is not stored in the body in large amounts.
Micronutrient Monday: Vitamin K
Vitamin K is the one of four fat-soluble vitamins. You can learn more about all the other fat-soluble vitamins by checking out the Micronutrient Monday series.
Micronutrient Monday: Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is one of eight B vitamins. B12 is often cobalamin due to the cobalt found at the centre of the vitamin’s structure, and helps prevent the development of anemia.
Micronutrient Monday: Vitamin A
Vitamin A is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Unlike water-soluble vitamins, excess amounts of fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the body, and if consumed too much, can reach dangerous levels.
Micronutrient Monday: Vitamin B2Vitamin B2 isn’t nearly as popular or trendy as vitamin C, but it’s still an important micronutrients for keeping us healthy. Often known as riboflavin, vitamin B2 is a water-soluble naturally found in some foods, added to some food products, and...
Micronutrient Monday: Vitamin C
At some point in your life, someone has probably suggested you take vitamin C to fend off a cold, or prevent you from getting one in the first place.
But what is this miracle vitamin thats protects us from all these germs?
Vitamin C (sometimes called L-ascorbic acid) is one (of many) water-soluble vitamins that we require to stay healthy. It can be found abundantly throughout our diet, and developing a deficiency is quite rare.
Micronutrient Monday: Vitamin E
Vitamin E is one of four fat-soluble vitamins. vitamin E is not one vitamin but rather a collection of eight fat-soluble compounds with distinctive antioxidant functions that support our health.