You are probably already familiar with nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, and vitamins A-D.
But the following 5 nutrients are completely unknown to most people, and yet they have amazing and positive effects on your health.
1. Vitamin K
Vitamin K helps in coagulating blood and is largely unknown to the general public. But it has recently gained in popularity due to research that shows that vitamin K is also important for heart health.
You can find vitamin K in green vegetables, soured vegetables, tofu, kimchi and in kefir.
If you prefer to take supplements instead, you can find the best ones right here:
2. Furan Acids in Fish
Omega-3 has been in the news for a long time, and now it’s making a comeback in the form of fat fish.
Scientists haven’t entirely been able to prove if it’s really omega-3 that’s good for us, or if it’s some other nutrient in the fish that is beneficial. Some believe that a substance called furan acids might be responsible.
It could also be a combination of omega-3 and furan acid that suppresses inflammations and boosts brain capacity.
Furan acids can be found in fat fish like salmon, herring and mackerel. If you don’t like fish, you could try supplements like krill oil or omega-3 capsules instead.
Iodine deficiency negatively affects your metabolism and can be a cause for overweight, intolerance of cold and fatigue (all symptoms of hypothyroidism).
For people eating a lot of prepackaged meals it can be a challenge to consume enough iodine. That’s because the food industry mainly uses non-iodized salt in their products.
Iodine can be found in milk, seafood, sea salt, and of course in iodized salt.
Creatine is good for your memory. Research shows that students perform better when given creatine.
It is produced in the body (in low levels), but to get sufficient amounts of creatine we need to eat foods like meat, egg and fish. Or take supplements:
Ok, technically speaking not a nutrient, but intestinal bacteria are very important. Your body wouldn’t function without them.
A less known fact is that intestinal bacteria are equally important for the brain. You could actually say that the intestines greatly affects happiness.
Research has shown that by adding and nurturing intestinal bacteria colonies your mental health improves as well.
Foods that support this type of bacteria include coarse vegetables, soured vegetables, beans, peas, and tofu.