Eye pressure can contribute to pain in the eyes, glaucoma and even blindness. The good news is that there are nutrients that can help.
Millions of Americans suffer from restless legs syndrome, an issue that can negatively pack sleep, energy and more. The good news is that there are nutrients that can help.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Magnesium is a very important mineral that does wonderful things for our health. We cannot function without this nutrient, as it’s involved with hundreds of biochemical reactions that really dictate your health.†
The many functions of this mineral
This mineral is also needed for daytime energy. When you eat food and inhale oxygen, you try to make a compound called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This compound releases a phosphate group that is responsible for your energy. This energy is needed for seeing, thinking, breathing, walking and more. 90% of that energy is connected with magnesium.†
Magnesium is also involved with balancing the blood sugar. The pancreas cannot effectively release insulin if you lack magnesium, making this mineral very important for diabetics. Unfortunately, diabetics lose this nutrient in their urine.†
New findings on magnesium
A report just came out of various academic institutions in Spain that looked at nutrient deficiencies that may jeopardize the health of female athletes. It was published in the Latin American Archives of Nutrition. They did a meta-analysis of a whole bunch of human clinical trials on female athletes spanning from 2012 to 2020. They found that there are specific problems that are common among elite female athletes. These issues have been dubbed the Female Athlete Triad Syndrome, which includes low energy levels, bone loss and missed periods.†
The study found that female athletes need higher levels of particular nutrients, including iron, Vitamin D, calcium, Vitamin B12 and magnesium. Of these nutrients, magnesium appears to be the most cause for concern, as this nutrient most often prevents deficits. It is especially important for athletes because it is needed for physical and mental energy, sleep, bone health and more.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. details various studies indicating the importance of the mineral magnesium. He explains many of the roles this nutrient plays in the body and discusses other body systems that may be at risk if levels of magnesium are low.†
- Many of the roles magnesium plays in the body
- How certain nutrients and minerals work together
- Details on studies about magnesium
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You’ve probably heard of the benefits of calcium for your bones, but did you know that this mineral is also important for your muscles, energy, skin and more? Learn more about the role this powerful nutrient plays in the body from Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Many Americans lack magnesium, but this mineral shouldn’t be overlooked. It is involved in hundreds of processes within the body. If you’re not getting enough of this nutrient through your diet, supplementing is a great option.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Antinutrients are components in food which can block the absorption of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and other minerals. But they have health benefits and the truth of the matter is that, when you eat a healthy, balanced diet, they’re not an issue. You’d have to have very exaggerated amounts of these antinutrients for them to be a problem.†
Why can these be problematic?
Antinutrients can interfere with how your body absorbs nutrients. You typically absorb minerals through your stomach and intestines, but if there are antinutrients in those organs, they attach to the minerals and prevent you from absorbing them into your body. They mostly affect minerals like zinc, selenium, potassium, calcium and iron.†
Sources of antinutrients
You can get antinutrients from consuming legumes, whole grains, black tea and cruciferous vegetables. Unless you have super high amounts of these nutrient-blocking components, they can actually be super healthy.†
One example is glucosinolates found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, bok choy and broccoli rabe. If you don’t cook these vegetables, there’s something in there that can slow down your thyroid, which can impact metabolism and energy. But, if you cook the vegetables and only have them four or five times a week, they don’t seem to affect the thyroid at all.†
The glucosinolates in these vegetables include sulforaphane, indole carbinols and glucuronic acid. While these components may be considered antinutrients, they also offer the body powerful support in defending itself from harmful foreign cells. Indole carbinols, for instance, stack up into diindolylmethane (DIM) within the intestines. DIM has been studied for its abilities to block the spread of certain viruses within the body.†
Another example is phytates. You find phytates in corn, rice, barley and whole wheat. Phytates help support immune system function and have been shown to have antioxidant activities that can help reduce chronic low-grade inflammation. This kind of inflammation can negatively impact the heart, kidneys, brain, circulatory system, skin and more.†
Tannins, which are found in black tea, coffee and grape seed, are another example of an antinutrient. Grape seed can help kill certain fungal and viral infections and can also help protect your heart and kidneys. But the tannins in black tea can be a bit of an issue because they can block the absorption of iron. You need iron for proper brain function, antioxidant protection, liver health, immune defenses and more. However, if you take some Vitamin C with the source of the tannins, the tannins won’t block the iron absorption.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. goes into depth about what antinutrients are and where they come from. He explains that while they may be known for blocking the absorption of certain nutrients, they can actually benefit the body in other ways.†
- What are antinutrients and why are they released?
- Sources of nutrient-blocking components
- The pros of antinutrients
Thank you for tuning in to the Invite Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Invite Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the Invite Health Podcast.