A diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals can lower cholesterol, strengthen the immune system, accelerate wound healing and increase men’s fertility. Minerals are indeed important components of our cells.
They are necessary for the creation of blood and bones and for the health of our nervous and endocrine systems, our muscles and our blood vessels. Deficiency of essential minerals can cause serious health problems.
Potassium, for example, plays an important role in the functioning of our nervous and muscular system and in the balance of fluids in our body. If you have heart problems or high blood pressure, consuming enough potassium is very important to you. In fact, potassium lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of arrhythmia. It also protects the bones of osteoporosis and reduces the risk of kidney stones.
Although potassium is not directly related to cholesterol, eating foods rich in potassium helps lower cholesterol levels.
The foods richest in potassium are orange juice, potatoes, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, broccoli, melons, apricots, strawberries, spinach and milk. It is also found in cabbages, aubergines, figs, mushrooms, plums, peanuts, cucumbers, tuna, sardines, fish and most meats.
Magnesium, for its part, is essential for the functioning of the nervous system and muscles (including the heart). It is vitally important for bone growth. Whole grains, vegetables, seeds, vegetables, soy products, hazelnuts and mineral water are good sources of magnesium.
98% of the calcium in the body is in the bones. The rest is in the blood where it participates in the functioning of our metabolism. It also plays an important role in the control of the nerves and the contraction of the muscles. Dairy is the best source of calcium.
As for zinc, it contributes to the proper functioning of our immune system. It is very important for the health of our reproductive organs, especially those of men. It is found in meat, fish, peas, whole grains, pumpkin seeds and mushrooms.
Sodium is found in every cell of our body. It is present in all fluids, including blood, tears and sweat. With potassium and chloride, it helps to control the level of liquids, muscle contractions and the proper functioning of nerve cells. Sodium is found in salt, salty foods and soy sauce.
Finally, iodine is essential for the development and functioning of the thyroid gland, one of the central glands of the human body. A deficiency of iodine leads to an increase in the thyroid gland, in other words to a goiter. The best sources are iodized salt, yogurt and seaweed.