Two Important nutrients you might be missing…
We all try to eat well and take care of our health, but it can be very difficult to get all the nutrients we need from our diets alone because 1) Due to current farming practices, much of our soil is depleted of essential nutrients, and 2) We are perpetually under some form of physical or emotional stress (unless we are living in a perfect bubble) which burns up our nutrients at a much faster rate than if we lived in that perfect bubble. This month I would like to focus on a couple of commonly deficient nutrients and their benefits.
Selenium, a trace mineral, is essential for many processes in the body - from proper thyroid function (metabolism, hormones, immunity, cognition) to glutathione production (a master antioxidant that plays a key role in detoxification and immune function). Selenium alone is a powerful free-radical scavenger that has been studied widely in reducing cancer incidence and lowering heart disease risk.
Brazil nuts are a good, albeit widely variable from nut to nut, source of selenium, but you can also find high selenium levels in oysters and halibut. We carry Selenium as a single supplement and combined with Iodine (Selenomethiodide) for thyroid health, both on sale this month. I take about 400mcg of Selenium daily.
Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant found in many plant foods. It is used successfully for inflammation, to reduce allergies, improve heart health and increase endurance in athletes. Quercetin has become more widely used in the last couple of years because of its benefits as a zinc ionophore, meaning that it helps shuttle anti-viral zinc into the cells of the body, and it is being discussed as a potent neutralizer of spike protein. Great food sources are raw red onions, capers, peppers, green leafy vegetables, apples, berries, and red wine (organic/biodynamic, of course). We carry 2 very bio-available forms of Quercetin – Plant-Based Quercetin and AllerDHQ. Quercetin is also the primary ingredient in Resveratrin Plus, a powerful antioxidant formula I take daily for immune system and anti-aging benefits. All are on special for the month of April.