- Taurine - Taurine is an extremely important amino acid that is a key ingredient in the formation of bile. It is found in high amounts in raw eggs, raw milk, and raw meat. We don't eat these foods raw typically, so we have a hard time making quality bile. The liver binds taurine to cholesterol to keep the cholesterol, which is a fat, dissolved in the bile. Without enough taurine, cholesterol will form stones which block bile flow and impede proper digestion and elimination. Taurine also is a soothing inhibitory neurotransmitter and plays a major role in stabilizing the heart beat and electrical activity of nerves.
- Triple Strength Lecithin - Lecithin is a major source of phospholipids, specifically Phosphatidyl choline. Our body needs these essential phospholipids for building cell membranes (remember you have around 100 trillion cells!), and supporting brain function and the tissue of the nervous system. Phosphatidyl choline is also a key component of the bile.
- Cod Liver Oil - It is widely accepted that we need the essential omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. While there are many sources of these important fats, cod liver oil provides something that other fish oils do not. It provides Vitamin A and Vitamin D. These are two very important vitamins that are not easy to get in the diet. Roles these vitamins play are extensive and include mucus membrane health, skin health, immune system support, and reduction of inflammation. Kids especially need Vitamin A, so start them early.
- Plant sterols - Sterols are types of lipids (fats) that are used to make healthy cell membranes. One type of sterol that we are all familiar with is cholesterol. Cholesterol is made by the liver and is the starting building block for many of our hormones like cortisol, estrogen and testosterone. All grains produce sterols as well. In our processing of grains, however, we remove these vital lipids. The removal prevents products we make from the grains from going rancid, but leaves a significant hole in our nutrition. Fortunately we can rectify this problem with supplementation, although there are not a lot of products on the market. The product I have found and that I recommend is called Tre En En, made by GNLD. Tre En En provides the most complete, highest quality, plant sterol combination available.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Nutrients to Support Cellular Health
You really are what you eat. There is nothing else, besides food, which can be used to make you. Every one of the trillions of cells making up your body requires certain building blocks like fats, proteins and carbohydrates. These nutrients build cell membranes, make enzymes, make hormones, and do many other complex things. Said another way, your overall health is a direct result of how healthy your cells are and the availability of nutrients to build your cells. Unfortunately we can no longer acquire all of these important nutrients from diet alone. As humanity has grown and spread across the earth, we have significantly changed the food supply and the nutrients available from our food. Practices like cooking food, pesticide use, and canning or otherwise packaging our food has led to significant voids in our nutrition. Because supporting health requires proper nutrition, there are a few supplements that must be used to replace what is missing. Strongly consider adding the following supplements to your diet and consider them food. Your body will thank you!