Whether you are trying to be healthy or just learn as much as you can about the physiology and biology of eating, nutrients are critical. In fact, many of the diseases and problems in the world today could be fixed if people were able to better balance their nutrient intake. We already know that the human body is capable of some amazing things, but these 25 cool things about nutrients could change the way you think about how you keep your body healthy.
As you probably already know, no food contains every single vitamin and mineral that your body needs; even the some of the strangest super foods can only give you a fraction of what you need. So instead of gobbling hundreds of empty calories through processed foods, educate yourself on the nutrients that can lengthen your life and keep you alive along enough to see your grandkids. In fact, you could add almost a decade to your life! These are 25 cool things everybody should know about nutrients!
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Although calcium is definitely good for your bones, it has been shown that vitamin K is actually better for your bones. Sorry milk, bananas to the rescue.
In 1912, a Polish biochemist named Casimir Funk was the first person to come up with the concept of vitamins. He called them "vital amines"
Some research has shown that Mederma (vitamin E and onion extract) is actually not useful for healing scars
Skin contact with vitamin E can cause dermatitis in nearly 30% of people
Being deficient in iodine can cause goiter (which is when your neck swells up). It can also cause stunted growth.
Iodized salt was introduced to prevent iodine deficiency and ever since then, the average global IQ has risen
Hemp seeds have a near perfect ratio of healthy fatty acids which are good for your heart and immune system
In men, vitamin D and testosterone are positively correlated. The more sunlight a man gets, the higher his testosterone levels will be.
Black Sapote, or chocolate pudding fruit, is a fruit that tastes like chocolate but has 4 times more vitamin C than a regular orange
Baking bananas in the sun will increase the amount of vitamin D they contain
NASA has its astronauts consume clay to counteract the effects of weightlessness on their bones. This is because, due to other minerals in the clay, the calcium is absorbed by the body more readily than calcium alone.
Using pine needles to brew tea has been show to be a good source of vitamin C (by the Soviets during the siege of Leningrad). It has also been said to prevent scurvy
When actors have to shoot a cocaine snorting scene, they usually use lactose powder. If they are lactose intolerant, they use vitamin B powder
Because of its extremely high levels of vitamin A, consuming a polar bear liver would surely kill you. Eskimos usually bury the liver after a hunt to keep their dogs from eating it
In order to overdose on potassium, you would have to eat nearly 400 bananas in less than 30 seconds
Strontium, an element that is related to calcium, is sometimes given to help fractures heal and increase bone density. In fact, in some cases it does an even better job than calcium!
Believe it or not, that’s not even the craziest medical treatment in history!