by Dr. Leo Galland
Why is Nutrition Important? The answer goes beyond “You are what you eat.”
Nutrition is important because it fuels your body and gives you chemical building blocks like amino acids for making protein and calcium and magnesium for building bones and teeth. It provides fatty acids for building the membranes of cells and their components.
The vitamins and minerals nutrition provides act as co-factors for the enzymes that run almost everything that happens in your body. These important effects of nutrition have been the focus of scientific research for over a hundred years.
Scientists have concluded that vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids are essential nutrients and that carbohydrates are the most efficient sources of fuel.
Recent research has revolutionized nutritional science by discovering other reasons why nutrition is important. Nutrients in food can dramatically affect the way your body functions.
Key among these are the bioflavonoids and carotenoids that give food some of its richest colors: the deep blue of blueberries, the red of cherries and tomatoes, and the orange of carrots. The antioxidants in these foods can provide protection against free radical damage, helping to protect against disease and aging.
This blog will explore the exciting research that is being done and look at the importance of nutrition in prevention, wellness, anti-aging and combating disease.