When it comes down to our health, nature is one of our biggest allies.
Because the truth of the matter is that it provides us with essential vitamins and minerals that enable us to lead a healthy life.
And - when in need - it can help us recover from countless diseases and conditions.
Today I wanted to discuss a few basic nutrients that you should make sure you are getting on a daily basis, for a healthy body.
Let's get started.
Essential Vitamins: Vitamin C
Also known as ascorbic acid, this is one of those essential vitamins that plays an important role in protecting your body against free radicals.
And it even helps fight against and tame down oxidative stress - which is the main cause of physiological aging.
An important function of Vitamin C is to increase the production of collagen, the essential protein of the human body, which helps "glue" together your entire body.
And contributes to the maintenance of tissues, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons.
Numerous scientific studies have showed the benefits of an optimal Vitamin C intake:
- Prevents cancer;(1)
- Strengthens the immune system;(2)
- Accelerates the skin scarring process;(3)
- Reduces the risk of cataracts and many other specific ailments that arise with aging.(4)
Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, stimulates the immune function and helps the body to fight fungal infections.
Scientists believe that this vitamin, which is found abundantly in citrus and pepper, stimulates the white blood cells to fight infection, and furthermore strengthens the immune defense.
Essential Vitamins: Vitamin E
Another important nutrient is Vitamin E, which is part of the substances with an important antioxidant action, which is why it is recommended for treating many diseases, such as:
- Decreased immunity, which may also lead to the occurrence of fungal infections;(5)
- Cardiovascular disorders;(6)
- Gastric ulcer;(8)
- Gallstones (biliary lithiasis);(9)
- Painful menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea);(10)
- Bronchial asthma;(11)
- And even epilepsy;(12)
Vitamin E helps produce antibodies and plays a crucial role for the immune system, being especially effective for the elderly.(14) It works great in combination with other antioxidant nutrients including, Vitamin C, Selenium, and beta-carotene to destroy free radicals, peroxides, and many other potentially harmful substances.
Vitamin E is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal.(15)
Essential Minerals: Selenium
The list continues with Selenium, which is a trace element with a powerful antioxidant role that protects the body from free radicals.(16)
But it also plays a very important role in maintaining your health.
In other words, it is a vital factor for the production of glutathione peroxidase, the primary antioxidant of the body found in every cell.
Selenium is essential in our bodies for producing antibodies, that is, those substances that are powerful weapons that the immune system uses to protect itself from viruses, bacteria, parasitic fungi, etc.
Essential Minerals: Graviola
The last item on my list is Graviola. It's not exactly a nutrient - is the fruit of the tree called guanabana, which grows predominantly in South America.
The fruit is edible and I'm mentioning it because it's full of nutrients, including Vitamin C, and B Vitamins. And it contains over 82 trace elements.(17)
You can use almost everything that comes from the graviola tree:
- and roots.
And they all have multiple therapeutic purposes.
The fruit and leaves are mostly used as natural remedies.
Whereas the powder obtained by grinding the leaves has an excellent antioxidant role.(18) In fact, many alternative healers use it specifically to treat migraines, insomnia, and fungal infections.
So you see, a few simple, yet natural ingredients can have a positive effect and can easily skyrocket your health.
And all these considered, I can't help but wonder...
Why aren't more people concerned with what nature has to offer for their problems... instead of using toxic pharmaceutical drugs?
Let me know what you think.
And if you want to include these amazing nutrients into your diet, then a great way to do that is by taking a supplement.