Get the Essential Nutrients

Dr John Stewart, BVSc

So, one of the challenges when we are calorie restricting and we're trying to lose weight, so we're doing calorie restriction. We're doing low carb, we're doing fasting. We still have to make sure that we are getting enough of the essential nutrients.

So what do i mean by essential nutrients?

I mean for instance, the essential amino acids. So, amino acids are the building blocks from which protein is built. And there are a number of amino acids that we have to have pre-formed in our diet things like lysine, methionine threonine, so it goes on... and if we are not taking a really good quality protein source, then it's possible that we may not behaving enough of these essential amino acids into the bargain.

We need to make sure we're taking in enough trace elements. So trace elements are things like copper zinc, manganese, selenium, cobalt, which are only required in very very low amounts, but they're absolutely essential to the functioning of our bodies. And you probably have heard about reports where zinc is a reasonably common trace element that we don't get enough of in our diets in Australia.

Now, one of the ways of getting these trace elements is to do organ meat, so liver, kidney. And, another way of getting these trace elements is to do some sort of shellfish. So one of the shellfish, which we are very fortunate to have plenty of access to is the New Zealand green-lipped mussel Perna Canaliculus and it is an excellent source of zinc, cobalt, copper selenium, and, um, it's also a very good source of a very absorbable type of omega-3 fatty acid. So, we get omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, and EPA in fish oil as triglyceride bound, but there's an even more absorbable form, which is, uh, a form in which it comes when you take green that muscle. So, I'm a big wrap for the New Zealand green mussel perna canaliculus.

What I would like you to do is get it fresh, or powdered, rather than what you get when you get buy it in a jar from the supermarket. It's probably already been sufficiently heat treated by the time you buy the jar in the supermarket,- that its nutrient value has been massively decreased. But, if you buy either powder, or capsules, it's really a superfood so New Zealand green lipped mussel.

The Nutrition Science Group
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