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Iodine’s role in child growth, metabolism, and fertility

 Iodine’s role in child growth, metabolism, and fertilityIodine is involved in the body’s production of thyroid hormones, and we humans need plenty of iodine throughout life, especially during periods such as fetal development and child development. Iodine is also important for brain development and cognitive skills. Severe iodine deficiency during pregnancy and during a child’s first years of life may result in stunted growth and/or mental retardation, but there has been uncertainty about how a minor iodine deficiency affects the child before and after birth. In a review article that is published in Nutrients, the authors look closer at iodine’s role in fertility and child growth. Apparently, iodine deficiencies are quite common, and we even need selenium and other nutrients to secure a well-functioning thyroid gland.

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Overview of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids


Overview of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids

Vitamins, minerals, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and Q10 are nutrients that we need in certain quantities in order to support vital body functions.
Nutritional supplements containing vitamins and minerals must be labeled in accordance with the reference values.

This overview serves as general information about the different vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids and how they work.

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the Vitamin and Mineral Guide

Are you eating enough protein?

  • Are you eating enough protein?Most of the protein we consume is used to build muscle, skin, hair, and nails.
  • Protein is also used in the energy turnover, to make hormones and antibodies, and it is also used as a transmitter in the nervous system.
  • The daily need for protein varies depending on gender, muscle mass, metabolic rate, and the level and duration of physical activity.

According to the official recommendations, we should consume around 0.8 grams of protein for each kilo of body weight.
Your need for protein is increased if you have sensitive blood sugar, if you wish to lose weight, if you are pregnant or lactating, or if you are very sports-active.

Weight loss increases your need for protein

When losing weight, many people find that consuming 1.5 – 2 grams of protein for each kilo of body weight helps them reduce their risk of losing muscle mass. It is essential to choose high-quality protein (e.g. meat, fish, and eggs) for optimal combustion and to split the protein intake evenly with the main meals of the day. Many people need more protein with their breakfast and/or lunch.

  • Getting too little protein may cause blood sugar problems, overweight, muscle weakness, fatigue, bad moods, and sleeping problems.
  • Getting too much protein may lead to acid accumulation in the body.
    Protein-rich “miracle diets” may also lead to increased urination and cause fat cells to absorb more fat.

Do not give cow’s milk to the youngest ones.

Experts have started advising parents not to give their kids cow’s milk before the age of one year. Too much bovine protein (casein) increases the risk of overweight later in life. Cow’s milk contains around three times more protein than human breast milk and is intended to help the calves grow fast. The protein in cow’s milk is especially problematic in connection with overweight, whereas CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) in milk fat slightly increases your turnover of fat.

Protein source Protein content in 100 grams (cooked/prepared)
Meat and fish 20-25
Eggs 12
Nuts 10-14
Beans (brown, white, green, soy) 6-9
Tofu (soya-bean curd) 15
Cheese/milk 25/3.5
Bread 6-860
Pasta 5
Peas, broccoli 5-6
Potatoes, rice, corn 2-3
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Chronic fatigue tied Alan to his bed but Q10 capsules saved him:

Chronic fatigue tied Alan to his bed but Q10 capsules saved him "After about one week of taking the Q10 supplement I could feel a huge difference," says 23-year old Alan Piccini, who has been suffering from extreme fatigue and muscle aches ever since he was a child.

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Cholesterol-lowering without side effects:

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