Get your Vitamins and Minerals from Nature
IMPORTANCE OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Vitamins and minerals are an essential part of life. They help to keep your body healthy and functional and protect from a variety of diseases. Although, vitamins and minerals often get used together, they are actually quite different. Vitamins are organic substances produced by plants or animals. They often are called “essential” because they are not synthesized in the body (except for vitamin D) and therefore must come from food. Minerals are inorganic elements that originate from rocks, soil, or water. However, you can absorb them indirectly from the environment or an animal that has eaten a particular plant.
The best approach to ensure you get a variety of vitamins and minerals, and in the proper amounts, is to adopt a healthy diet of whole, all-natural foods.
VITAMINS IN FOOD
Approximately half of all Americans take a daily dietary supplement, like a multivitamin. Unfortunately, there is no research to date to provide compelling evidence to support this routine activity. However, studies of people whose diets are rich in meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains can demonstrate that these individuals successfully consume higher levels of vitamins directly from these foods. Moreover, they also may lower their risk of many diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancers. On the other hand, trials testing the effect of selected vitamins as a pill supplement have mostly shown very little influence on health. The main exception may be fish oil supplements and vitamin D, for which some trials show a lower risk of heart disease and possibly health improvements.
The best approach to ensure you get a variety of vitamins, and in the proper amounts, is to adopt a broad healthy diet. This involves an emphasis on meats, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, and dairy products. The good news is that many common foods contain multiple vitamin sources, so it is easy to meet your daily needs from everyday meals.
Vitamins are divided into two categories: water soluble (body expels what it does not absorb) and fat soluble (leftover amounts are stored in the liver and fat tissues as reserves). The water-soluble vitamins are the eight B vitamins (B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-7, B-9, and B-12) and vitamin C. The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E, and K. If you fill your diet with a balance of meats, poultry, whole grains, regular and/or soymilk, cheese and even watermelon, you will be sure to get a good dose of all your B vitamins.
Likewise, make sure to add a variety of eggs, shrimp, fish, sweet potatoes, cabbage, vegetable oils, and cereals. As such, you will feed your body its much needed A, D, E, and K vitamins as well. There is no need for hard to swallow pills when you can deliciously get your vitamins from nature in the foods you eat.
MINERALS FROM THE ENVIRONMENT
Minerals are inorganic elements that originate from rocks, soil, or water. There are many minerals, but certain ones are necessary for optimal health. There are two groups of Minerals: major and trace. Major ones just mean there are greater amounts of them in your body. Getting enough minerals through your diet, it is one of the best ways to bolster your immune system. Although you can probably meet your mineral intake from a supermarket bottle, this pales to a well-rounded, mineral-rich diet. Coincidentally, you can also absorb minerals indirectly from the environment or an animal that has eaten particular plants.
The major minerals are Calcium, Chloride, Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium. You can get your Calcium from yogurt, cheese, milk, salmon, leafy green vegetables. Additionally, you can get your Chloride and Sodium from salt. You can find Magnesium in leafy greens like spinach and broccoli. Lastly, you can get your fill of Potassium from meat, milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes.
The great thing to remember is that many common foods contain multiple mineral (and vitamin) sources. As such, it is easy to meet your daily needs without resorting to chalky tablets and pills.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS AND KRATOM
Kratom users predominately take kratom for its pain and energy support. However, what we may not realize is that kratom is simultaneously a very healthy food. Kratom is a superfood that likewise offers vitamins, minerals, and even fiber.
Coincidentally, a scientific study on nutritional value of plant leaves found that edible leaves generally contain lots of vitamins and minerals. Specifically, leaves contain significant amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, B5, B6, Vitamin C, E, and K1. Likewise, edible leaves contain significant amounts of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc.
All types of trees absorb minerals from the ground. Therefore, although there are no specific studies on the exact vitamin and mineral content of kratom leaves (ETHA Labs is working on it), it is not difficult to see how all of the vitamins and minerals mentioned above are in the kratom leaves as well. In fact, it is no wonder that traditionally the people of Indonesia (birthplace of kratom) would chew on kratom leaves and spit out the leaf after a few moments. All in all, kratom really is a superfood. So, add kratom as part of your well-rounded rich diet and get all your vitamins and minerals from nature.