For many of us, 2020, the year of COVID-19, was one of the most challenging years to date. We have been tested mentally, physically, and emotionally. Our hearts go out to anyone who has experienced financial hardship or the passing of a loved one.
The good news: Vaccines are becoming more widely available!
The not so good news:
- There are no oral medications available to help prevent COVID-19 infection.
- There are no treatment options available for COVID-19 symptoms that aren’t severe enough to require hospital admission.
Luckily, the healing power of plants may offer us an effective, more widely available solution. What if we told you that a phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables has the potential to impact the prevention and treatment of COVID-19? Yes, we are talking about sulforaphane here people!
Iron has many important functions in the body:
- Helps with brain development & growth in children
- Needed for normal production and function of certain types of cells
- Boosts resistance to infection
- Needed to make some hormones
- Makes up myoglobin (a protein that carries and stores oxygen in muscle tissue)
What superfoods have you been eating these days? Have you been making room in your diet for one of the most nutritious, superfood seeds on the planet?
If not, we highly recommend that you should be! Not only do these tiny seeds contain a variety of important nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals; they also contain a high concentration of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids (aka health benefits galore!).
Guess That Vitamin: This nutrient is associated with this popular ad campaign. Besides helping to keep our bones healthy, it has many other vital functions in the body. Is drinking milk and consuming dairy products the only way to get enough of this essential nutrient? (Read on to find out!)
Vitamin D has many important functions in the body:
- Helps the body absorb and retain adequate levels of calcium and phosphorus (extremely important for bone health)
- Needed for bone growth and repair
- Strengthens immune function (especially important in the time of COVID-19!)
- Reduces inflammation
We have another nutrition riddle for you. In 1862, this nutrient was name after the Greek term for bile (chole) because it was first isolated from ox bile. It was not considered to be an essential nutrient until 1998 when its adequate intake (AI) was established.
You guessed it—Choline!
What vitamin is made by bacteria, including bacteria in the soil, bacteria in bodies of water, and bacteria that are housed in the stomachs of grazing animals, such as cows or sheep?
Drumroll please.... Vitamin B12! This is the only vitamin produced exclusively by microorganisms.