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What are Macro & Micro Nutrients?

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Hello friends! I am Dr. Manjari Chandra. In my last blog, I explained the diet myths, today we will discuss about the macro & micro nutrients and their benefits. Meanwhile, I am sharing with you my Youtube video for this 

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship” as by Lord Buddha

To live a better quality of life, you need a good health. This is the possible with a balanced diet, active lifestyle, proper intake of nutrients and regular workouts. Here, we will discuss what the human body needs. Food is segregated into two parts – Macro nutrients & Micro nutrients. Let us first comprehend what are macro & micro nutrients?

Macro Nutrients
Those that are required in large quantities and include carbohydrates, fats & proteins are called Macro nutrients. These are the main source of energy; and help the body to maintain its functions.

• Carbohydrates are derived from starchy foods like bread, rice, potato, cereals. Starchy vegetable, fruit jam, milk and sugar are also the source of this. This is required as calorie intake capacity but at regular intervals, you need to check the carbohydrate level; its excess intake can lead to undesired results.
• Protein provides Amino Acids required for the growth & development of the body. This can be found in food sources like eggs, dairy foods, meat, fish and cereal products & items such as bread, pulses, soya products and nuts.
• Intake of Fats is indispensable for proper digestion. This is found in meat, oils, biscuits, dairy & pastry products, crisps and chocolates etc.

Micronutrients

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

To release the energy from the carbohydrate, you need Vitamin B1. This is highly helpful for nervous system and heart. The nutrient is available in fruits, nuts, whole grains, meats & fortified breakfast cereals.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

You receive energy from macronutrients (carbohydrate, fat and protein). Now, micronutrients help you discharge energy. Vitamin B2 is contained in fortified breakfast cereals, mushrooms, green vegetables, legumes, liver, milk, rice and eggs.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

The key to healthy nervous system, sex hormones and proper functioning of the brain is Vitamin B3. This is contained in dairy products, eggs, meat, wheat & maize and yeast. Its benefits are –

Detoxifying body toxins
Good digestion
Producing healthy skins
Blood circulation
Decrease cholesterol and high blood pressure

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

This is contained in wheat, sardines, oats, beef, free range eggs, bananas, brown rice, cabbage, dried fruit etc. It is highly helpful in protection against cancer and for the following reasons –

strengthening immune system
Neurological disorder

Reliving muscle cramps
Reliving morning sickness and vomitin

• Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) –
The nutrient is contained in the milk, oily fish, fortified cereals, lamb, pork, free range eggs, liver, and cheese. This is required for the following benefits –

Keeping the nervous system healthy
Making the red blood cells
Safeguarding against anemia and preventing cancer & increasing energy and appetite
Proper functioning of brain and nervous system
Menstruation and post natal depression (the depression occurring after child birth due to hormonal imbalances)

To maintain a good mental and physical health, you need to have both the macro and micro nutrients diet in your health. At Intelligent Ageing, you will nourish your health and flourish your beauty. To book an appointment, please call @ 91-9899- 022-703.

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