Nutrient Deficiency in a Hay Bale…Err, a Nutshell
Did you know that they stopped feeding cows with those round hay bales you always see in the fields? Yeah, they weren’t getting a square meal. Much like the cows in that joke, nutrient deficiency is a common concern among Americans of all ages; approximately one-third of the US population is at risk for at least one vitamin deficiency or anemia (1). This may be in part because the typical American diet hardly resembles what experts recommend for foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (2).
Nutrient deficiency can also be a result of soil depletion. Due to intensive methods of modern farming, studies are finding that the soil we grow our food in is quickly becoming less and less nutrient-rich and producing less nutritious crops. Compounded with the nutritionally sparse American diet, this can make micronutrient deficiency a real worry. For individuals with micronutrient deficiencies, it is not uncommon to experience fatigue and weakness in the short term, with a large potential for more severe health problems in the long run. That’s where supplementation can help! Each month, we do a supplement of the month deal and offer a discount for our featured supplement(s) so that you can avoid those nasty nutrient deficiencies. From probiotics for improved gut health to vitamin D for boosting your immune system, we feature something new every month.
More Than Just a Multivitamin
For August, our supplement of the month is Pure Encapsulations Pure packs! Due to variations in diet among different people, it’s unlikely that everyone would be deficient in the same nutrients; that’s why each packet of Pure Encapsulations Pure Packs offers such a variety. More than just a multivitamin, Pure Packs offer essential vitamins, minerals, and herbs in convenient pre-portioned pouches. Because we know that men and women have both physical and chemical differences in their bodies, Pure Encapsulations offers both a women’s and a men’s pure pack to cater to our different needs.
For women, Pure Encapsulations has especially included supplements specifically intended to promote breast health on a cellular level. These supplements also include ingredients designed to help with occasional stress, such as Rhodiola and lemon balm (3).
For men, they’ve especially included ingredients such as saw palmetto and lycopene to support healthy prostate cells and prostate function, as well as other natural nutrient cofactors to promote energy, endurance, and stamina (4).
Despite some important differences between the Men’s and the Women’s Pure Packs, there are also quite a few similarities in terms of notable supplements:
- Coenzyme Q10: This coenzyme occurs naturally in the body and is necessary to produce ATP, a critical proponent of energy transfer in your body’s cells. CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant, protecting your cells from oxidative damage and premature aging from free radicals (5).
- Resveratrol: Found naturally in grapes (and red wine), this substance also acts as a powerful antioxidant. Multiple studies also suggested anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer), cardioprotective, and neuroprotective effects (6).
- Turmeric: This spice comes from a root that is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties (7).
- Lutein: Found in leafy green plants such as kale and spinach, this carotenoid has been shown to promote eye health and help prevent diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Lutein has also been reported to influence cognitive performance and memory in some studies (8).
Those are just a few of the many beneficial ingredients that you’ll find in the Pure Packs. If you feel like you may be nutrient deficient or that your diet is lacking, Pure Encapsulations Pure Packs could be the supplement for you. For any of your nutrition questions or concerns, schedule a nutrition consultation with Dr. Ryan and see how you can transform your diet–and your health!