Micronutrient is another word for the vitamins and minerals people require
to live. While you need significantly more macronutrients to survive,
you only need a few micronutrients to maintain good health. They help
the body create enzymes, hormones, proteins, and other products people
are unable to manufacture themselves. For example, your body uses vitamins
B1 to B7 and coenzyme Q as co-factors for enzymes that release energy
from glucose. Without these vitamins and enzymes, your body would be unable
to create energy from the food you eat.
Vitamins themselves are organic compounds people get primarily from their
diet. Most vitamins cannot be produced by the human body, with the exception
of Vitamin D. However, that vitamin D must be supplemented by getting
enough sunlight, which is also a good source of the same vitamin. Vitamins
also serve a variety of purposes, such as help fetal brain development
and healthy brain aging. Vitamins A, C, and E are also antioxidants.
Minerals, on the other hand, are inorganic, naturally occurring substances.
They help enable your cells to carry out essential functions. For example,
salt is such a mineral. Most animals require a small amount of salt to
help them regulate their body fluids. It is essential for maintaining
the volume of the plasma in the blood to allow oxygen and other nutrients
to flow through tissues in the body. The ions in the salt also play an
important function in the nervous system. Fluctuations in these ions allow
neurons to send signals to other neurons, which allows the brain to send
signals to parts of the body. While too much salt can put an enormous
amount of stress on the body, too little salt can be just as deadly, often
leading to brain swelling, congestive heart failure, coma, and cardiovascular collapse.
The easiest way to get essential micronutrients is to eat a healthy dose
of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other plant sources. Some people get
their nutrients from tablets, but most come from the average daily diet.
However, if you’re feeling lethargic or undernourished, the best
way to determine your micronutrient level is to see a licensed physician
about any nutritional deficit you may be experiencing. The
Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine offers
IV nutritional therapy, which can get nutrients to the cells for quick absorption and effectiveness.
Call us today for a free consultation!