At NoLimitChefs, we tell you a lot about the incredible ingredients we use to make healthy seasonings and “alicament” type compositions. But how do we make sure you get the benefits of our products? How do we choose these ingredients and why?
Here are the answers!
What is a micronutrient?
Micronutrients are elements, cells, that our body does not know how to create by itself. This is why we must absolutely find them in our food. Some micronutrients are essential, others are just a boost to maintain our body. This does not make them any less important, in view of our increasingly impoverished and unbalanced diet.
Unlike macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids), micronutrients do not provide any energy as such. But they allow this energy to be exploited to its highest potential by taking care of our organs. The necessary quantity of these micronutrients is only less but their role remains preponderant in our physiology. They are therefore indispensable for our health.
What are their roles?
There are several categories of micronutrients, each with its own benefits. By combining them, we obtain a powerful cocktail of health.
- Vitamins are essential for many chemical and enzymatic reactions in the body. Vitamins play an essential role in the immune system that allows us to fight diseases and viruses. In the event of a deficiency, the body gradually starts to age prematurely and therefore oxidizes. This is why we talk about anti-oxidants!
- Trace elements (chromium, cobalt, iodine, copper, zinc, fluorine, manganese, chlorine) are present in very small quantities in the body but they are no less useful. They ensure the proper functioning of enzymes and hormones which, in turn, regulate our body on a daily basis and allow for the digestion and absorption of other nutrients.
- Minerals (sodium, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, sulfur) are present in greater quantities in our body but are rejected in the urine when they have been “used” by our body. This is why these micronutrients must be replaced and ingested daily in sufficient doses.
- Polyphenols, Flavonoids and Carotenoids are present in fruits and vegetables and give them their beautiful colors. They are very powerful anti-oxidants, they limit the premature aging of our body by rebalancing it. There are now countless studies that have shown that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease by fighting free radicals and inflammation.
- Amino Acids (tryptophan, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, valine, leucine, isoleucine, histidine) make up proteins, a macronutrient essential to the constitution and regeneration of muscles and antibodies. Some are essential, including the list listed in brackets, which ensure the optimal functioning of the brain and neurotransmitters. But they also play a role in the fight against aging of the body with antioxidants.
- Fatty Acids (saturated, mono-unsaturated, poly-unsaturated) is a family of lipid molecules, which contains the various essential omegas (3 and 6). Their use and assimilation requires the presence of other micronutrients such as minerals, trace elements and vitamins. While saturated fatty acids form an excess of cholesterol that clogs the arteries, unsaturated ones (mono and poly) offer the protective effect of omega-3s on cardiovascular function. The omega-6 contained in unsaturated fatty acids are also considered protective because they have a positive impact on blood lipid levels, but in excess, they prevent the body from making optimal use of the omega-3s.
Free radicals are waste products that our body produces during its functioning. Like stool or urine, our biological system must eliminate and remove the particles used. Like a kind of packaging to be thrown in the trash. This waste is particularly aggressive, like plastic that pollutes nature, and in excess is the cause of chain reactions that cause a lot of damage to tissues and organs and can even modify certain genes.
They are thus involved in the occurrence of diseases such as cancers, diabetes, cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease, allergies, cardiovascular diseases… The body then defends itself against free radicals thanks to enzymes which, as we have seen, need trace elements and minerals to forge their first weapons against these wastes! Then come the anti-oxidants – vitamins, polyphenols, flavonoids and carotenoids – which defend against free radicals in the background and help cell regeneration.
Ultimately, the role of micronutrients is to combat wear and tear on the body as well as the waste generated by its functioning. Such knowledge makes it possible to be aware that a varied diet is essential. But also to go in search of rawer, less processed foods that lose their fragile micronutrients.
It will then be interesting to write an article on the fragility of nutrients and how we can preserve them.
I look forward to doing his research with you!
In the meantime, take care of yourself and don’t forget that the efforts in your nutrition will pay off! Don’t succumb to the ease of food and fast food, you are so much better than that …